John McCain and ‘Allahu Akbar’


john_mccain_syria_visitTuesday morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) got a bit hot under the collar when Brian Kilmeade of Fox News noted that the Syrian rebels whom Barack Obama and McCain want to aid militarily were shouting “Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!” as rockets hit Syrian government offices. McCain’s response to Kilmeade demonstrated not only his ignorance of Islam, but his abysmal misjudgment of what is happening in Syria. And on the basis of that ignorance, he is aiding Obama’s rush to yet another war.

“I have a problem,” Kilmeade said, “helping those people screaming that after a hit.” That incensed McCain, who shot back: “Would you have a problem with an American or Christians saying ‘thank God? Thank God?’ That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”

Wrong on all counts. In the first place, it does not mean “thank God,” as McCain seems to have affirmed when he said, “That’s what they’re saying.” Allahu akbar means “Allah is greater” – not, as it is often translated, “God is great.” The significance of this is enormous, as it is essentially a proclamation of superiority and supremacism. Allah is greater – than any of the gods of the infidels, and Islam is superior to all other religions.

Al-Islam.org states this obliquely: “Allahu akbar implies that God is superior to all tangible and intangible, temporal and celestial beings.” This may seem to be an innocuous theological statement until one recalls that Islam has always had a political aspect, and Islamic jihadists always shout “Allahu akbar” when attacking infidels. It is a declaration of the superiority of their god and their way of life over those of their victims. 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta also stated that it was meant to make the infidels afraid. He wrote instructions to jihadists that were found in his baggage: “Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”

In equating this war cry, which we recently saw Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members shouting as they destroyed a church and tore off its cross, with “thank God,” McCain was manifesting the moral equivalence that is not only fashionable these days, but required for acceptance into polite society. Only wretched “Islamophobes” don’t accept the mainstream media and government dogma that Christianity is just as likely as Islam to incite its adherents to violence. That there aren’t any Christians anywhere shouting “thank God” as they fire rockets at anyone doesn’t deter McCain from making this equivalence. Religious dogmas, and that’s what the idea that Christianity and Islam are equally violent is, are not subject to the same standards of evidentiary proof as are more mundane realities.

And he guarantees that the Syrian rebels are moderates? This is the John McCain who, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star, “was unwittingly photographed with a known affiliate of the rebel group responsible for the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims one year ago, during a brief and highly publicized visit inside Syria” in May.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers later tried to do damage control for this disastrous photo-op, saying: “A number of the Syrians who greeted Senator McCain upon his arrival in Syria asked to take pictures with him, and as always, the Senator complied. If the individual photographed with Senator McCain is in fact Mohamed Nour [the kidnapper], that is regrettable. But it would be ludicrous to suggest that the Senator in any way condones the kidnapping of Lebanese Shia pilgrims or has any communication with those responsible.”

Fair enough. Accidents will happen. Mistakes will be made. But at the time that the picture was taken, McCain didn’t treat it as if it had been some random and meaningless photo-op with people he didn’t know. Instead, on May 28, he tweeted out the photo and added: “Important visit with brave fighters in #Syria who are risking their lives for freedom and need our help.” Accordingly, it is ludicrous for McCain to be insisting now that “they’re moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates” when he and/or his staff were so out of touch in May that he may have been photographed with a Sunni jihad terrorist. He has already demonstrated his inability to distinguish Syrian “moderates” from “extremists.” So why should we trust him now?

What’s more, while McCain is guaranteeing that the Syrian rebels are moderates, the New York Times reported months ago that “nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.” The situation of the secularists has not improved since then. And the Long War Journal reported on June 29 that the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, which is “al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria,” has “cooperated with Free Syrian Army units to establish sharia, or Islamic law, in Aleppo and in eastern Syria.” What is the Free Syrian Army? McCain’s moderates: “the US government is backing the Free Syrian Army despite the group’s known ties to the Al Nusrah Front.”

McCain’s appalling ignorance and Obama’s ongoing enthusiasm for all things Muslim Brotherhood, including the Syrian opposition, are leading the U.S. into disaster. McCain, as a leader of the Republican Party, ought to be articulating a coherent and rational alternative to Obama’s potentially catastrophic adventurism and rush to intervene in Syria despite lacking a clear goal and genuine allies on the ground within the country. Instead, he and John Boehner and the rest of the Republican establishment are falling over themselves to see who can say “Me too” to Barack Obama fast enough.

What America needs most in these dark days of fantasy-based policymaking is a loyal opposition. But that is the one thing we do not have. Not in any effective sense, as our warships wait in the Mediterranean for the signal to start firing on Syria, with enthusiastic bipartisan support.

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  • http://www.navygentleman.com/cv2 Billyb9

    I can’t get out of my head a SNL or Monte Python skit of this old joker going around making a sing song out of the phrase.

    Oh, and did I show you McShame’s and Graham (cracker)’s photo op with the prez???

    ☺☻☺ There they are. Priceless. That ought to help Ol’ John’s political career.

  • Chezwick

    I’d like to ask McCain what it was exactly about his interactions with Syria’s rebels that convinced him that they are “moderates”. No doubt he’d say with a straight face…”because they told me so.”

    • BS77

      There is no “opposition” left in Washington….we live in a seemingly one party Orwellian mega bureaucracy. McCain is beyond embarrassing….besides who made him the “spokesperson” for the Republican party?

    • lessthantolerant

      They told him they liked him and that he should have been President. The old fool loves attention.

    • Jesse Bernal

      He thought they were moderates because Elizabeth O’bagy told him they were moderates. O’bagy represents the new generation of University Liberals who are politically correct. Her knowledge of Syria is the reason Kerry and McCain quoted her. She’s only 26 years old and was recently fired from the ISW for lying about her PHD.

  • Hass

    I can confirm that Mr Spenser is 100% accurate in his assessment of McCains ignorance.

    Further more, there is no way one would declare himself a secularist amongst any Muslim fighters, no matter what (Muslim) country he may be in, that’d be like you’re saying, I’m an Apostate and we all know what happens to Apostates in Muslim countries.

    Ex-Muslim

    • Boots

      I congratulate you on your courage to leave the faith. Having lived in the Middle East I also understand the mindset of the Islamists. Women are treated as property and dhimmis have no rights. The only reason I can figure liberals ally themselves with Islam is because liberals tend to hate America’s freedom as do the Islamists.

    • thult

      John “Yosemite Sam” McCain ought to stick with promoting expanded
      abortion rights with his wife, or promoting GLBT “marriage” with his
      daughter Megan, or maybe expanded American “rights” for illegal alien
      criminals along with Dick Durban and Lindsay Grahamnesty! “Yosemite
      Sam” McCain’s stepped uptreachery is merely an ongoing frightful quest for relevance at a time when both his moral and American values and interests compass is locked on SOUTH!

    • KamalGilkes

      Indeed, God has cursed the disbelievers and prepared for them a blazing fire (33:64)

  • Anamah

    Why this two are so interested in our attack?

  • brigin

    McCain/Graham will lead the Repub party into hell then jump ship to the Dems

  • KuffarAkbar

    Allahu Akbar makes me nervous because: http://www.mypracticalphilosophy.com/allahu_akbar.htm

  • Ross

    Yes, if even school-children here in Indonesia understand the threat in the words Allahu Akbar – http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/children-fear-to-hear-allahu-akbar/ – you’dthink McCain might have the smarts to figure it out.

    And across the straits from here, in Malaysia, the Islamist government has been busily lambasting local Christians who dare to use the word Allah to refer to the God that Christians worship.

    Ipso facto, the Islamic Deity is not to be regarded as the same as He who is worshipped by Christians or Jews.

    • Ethan

      Excuse me, but the “God” of Christianity does not demand blood sacrifice, does not compel people to hate, does not subjugate women etc. The ” Satan” of Christianity has that agenda. It’s the very opposite of islam. Islam’s “allah” has WAY MORE IN COMMON with Christianity’s “Satan”. And that is because Islam is only secondarily a religion, and is primarily a political ideology.

      • timsahyiyen

        You don’t judge a religion by misdoings of extremists. Islam has a lot in common with Christianity and Islam is primarily a Religion and never a political Ideology. You don’t see any words about “state” or how to rule a state or anything about politics in Quran.

        The problem is, a moderate Muslim doesn’t make it to the front pages.. If a dog bites a man, it doesn’t have a news value, but if a man bites a dog, it’s front page news. You judge 1-1.5 billion Muslims, based on the behaviors of maybe a few million extremists.

        Oh, and btw, if Russia gets much stronger than USA and invades USA one day, I’m sure some US citizens would fight back with what they have. And when you see a US citizen yelling “God is great” after shooting a Russian plane down, you can scorn on that too.

        • Errantacademic

          Thats because in Islam the religion IS the state.

          • Jesse Bernal

            You obviously are sorely lacking in understanding the difference between Islam and Christianity.

        • Smoking Hamster

          What the heck do you think sharia is? It is Muslim law and government. It is implemented in the most accurate way in the country of its birth, Saudi Arabia.

          Look at polls in Muslim countries. 64% of Egyptian Muslims support the death penalty for apostates. Sure, American Muslims are the most moderate but 25% of mosques preach violent jihad and about 10% of American Muslims support Al Qaeda. Peace loving Muslims exist but it is not the 99.9% that is cited.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/01/64-percent-of-muslims-in-egypt-and-pakistan-support-the-death-penalty-for-leaving-islam/

          • timsahyiyen

            I am well versed in Islam. As much as a Cardinal knows about Christianity, or maybe more.

            What you see on TV (or what is shown about Islam on TVs) are mostly viciousness of human animalism and tribal backgrounds, traditions and all. That’s not Islam.

            Islam dictates a whole way of life, true. But it has very few to do with State or Politics.

            In fact, the main principles of Islamic Faith are 6 and they are all about belief. Believing The God, His Prophets, His Books, The Angels, The Afterlife and The Fate.

            It’s the belief that matters most, nothing else. God has created humankind to pray to Him, nothing else.

            Killing innocent people, forcing women to wear veils, forcing children to work etc. etc. are all tribal animalistic instincts and have no roots in Islam. It’s just that people bend Islam to their wills, so that they can benefit from an aspect of life.

            I’d like to give just a basic example. Whenever I got really really angry with my small children and wanted to slap them (parents would know what I mean), I thought about the Prophet Mohammad’s way of treating the children and His advice about it, and I abstained.

            In short, my instincts forced me to violence, but my belief stopped me.. Now take this, and compare to the slaughter-hungry animals, calling Allah’s name..

            There’s nothing wrong with Islam. It’s just some Muslims.. Only %5 or so.. Which is the result of being human beings, not Muslim beings.

          • defcon 4

            MUhammad had all the Jews in Saudi Arabia slaughtered, enslaved or expelled. He had his detractors murdered. He is the example for all muslimes like you to follow. That’s what’s wrong w/islam.

          • ibn insha

            Can you prove it? Do you have any historical evidence or you are just repeating what other ignorant are saying?

          • defcon 4

            It’s in your own holey books of hate Hajji.

          • Smoking Hamster

            Sura 9:29
            Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.

            Sura 9:111
            Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.

            Sura 8:39
            And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah . And if they cease – then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do.

          • Luther

            Smoking Hamster – thanks for posting some fact based reasoning vs. wishful thinking. Much appreciated.

          • Mark K

            Sounds like despite your alleged knowledge of Islam you haven’t gotten past the first page of the Quran – five pillars of Islam etc. All the nasty, political, jew and christian hating stuff occurs later on.

          • sherwool

            Mohammed- that paragon of a good Muslim- was a murderer with many victims to his “credit”. Is it any wonder that so many devout Muslims consider it appropriate to follow suit?

            I think you are engaged in disinformation. Read some of Robert Spencer’s books, then come back and contest them.

          • Luther

            timsahyiyen – you are one of two things: ignorant of the word and deed of your prophet Mohammad, or lying about the same.

            The koran, hadith, and sira are replete with exhortations to make war and subjugate the infidel, and personal examples of Mohammad doing exactly that.

            Are you seriously going to tell me that does not exist?

          • kaz

            congratulations on overcoming your urge to slap small children. since you say you got your instructions from the holy Islamic scriptures, I have to ask, how did they like the “thighing” you gave them in accordance with the scriptures? just curious. you are right, though. there is nothing wrong with islam. the problem is muslims. all 100% of them.

          • defcon 4

            LOL. I’m betting Hajji will never reply.

          • NAHALKIDES

            You’re following your own private version of Islam, and solipsistically imagining other Muslims are just like you. They’re not – they’re mainstream, and mainstream believes in Islamic supremacism. They’re willing to use force even if you’re not.

          • Drakken

            Islam is an abomination to mankind and humanity and has been since that murdering, pedophile, false profit of pure unadultered evil crawled out of the desert and screwed his first 9 year old. We Christians and and Jews do not in any way shape or form worship the same God as the devil worshipping muslims. That fact that you collaborate and endorse this vile, disgusting, abomination of a false devil worshipping false religion says more about you than it does us westerners. Take your bloody propaganda and shove it where the sun don’t shine, we infidels ain’t buying what your selling.
            Deo Volente!

          • defcon 4

            HOw do you know only 25% of mosques preach violent jihad? Muhammad himself, the most holey and perfect man in all islam, was a violent, psychopathic narcissist.

          • Smoking Hamster

            Sorry, I got that number completely wrong. Actually about 80%.

          • sherwool

            I somewhat hazily recall Nonie Darwish estimating it as about 90% of mosques in the USA.

        • sherwool

          timsahyiyen-

          Nonetheless, Islam is a “religion” (I think “ideology” is a better word) that lends itself particularly well to “extremism.” As such, even if Islam can be largely purged for a time of its thuggish elements, there is a considerable risk they will reappear.

          Robert Spencer, in his book “Religion of Peace?” has a cogent- although not exhaustive- discussion of how violence in the Hebrew Bible is descriptive while violence in the Koran is prescriptive.

        • quousque

          “……. Islam is primarily a Religion and never a political Ideology. You don’t see any words about “state” or how to rule a state or anything about politics in Quran…….”

          Misinformed much or Takkiya much more?

        • friendlykamustaka

          “You judge 1-1.5 billion Muslims, based on the behaviors of maybe a few million extremists.”
          No. We judge it on the teachings of Muhammad. If a muslim kills an apostate, he is being a “good” muslim, since he is following the sunnah of Muhammad. Calling someone an “extremist” merely deflects from the fact that he is following Islamic texts more closely than the “moderate” muslim.

        • MMinCC

          Are we living on the same planet?

          • defcon 4

            Personally I wish space travel had evolved sufficiently that all of us non-muslimes could leave the earth to the islam0nazis bastards and their simps, gimps and collaborators. Let them all exist in the living hell that is islam.

        • NAHALKIDES

          “A few million extremists” – even if that figure were correct, doesn’t it frighten you? You’d be amazed at how much damage even “a few million extremists” armed with guns, bombs, and soon WMD’s (unless we get a new President soon) can do. Now it may be that “only” a few million are ready to launch suicide attacks, but a larger number, probably an absolute majority, of Muslims in the world believe they should rule us by force (i.e., sharia).

          Your ignorance can’t protect us from the fact that Islam is primarily an ideology and only secondarily a rather backward religion.

      • defcon 4

        Um, didn’t Ross state “..the Islamic Deity is NOT to be regarded as the same as He who is worshipped by Christians or Jews.” I think he already agrees w/you.

    • jackdiamond

      Bukhari V5B59N516 “When Allah’s Apostle fought the battle of Khaybar, or when he raided any other people, we raised our voices crying ‘Allahu Akbar! None has the right to be worshipped except Allah!’” It is a shortening of Allahu akbar minkullishay “Allah is greater than everything.”

      Tafsir Ibn Kathir (9) discussing Allahu Akbar, Allah is the Great, “It is He Who has sent His Messenger with guidance & the religion of truth, to make it superior over all religions even though the idolators hate it… none has the right to be worshipped but He..there is no deity or Lord worthy of worship except Him.”

      “Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him & in the hereafter he will be one of the losers.” 3:85

      3:19 “The only religion before Allah is Islam.”

      “I am commanded by Allah to fight all the people until they say there is no God but Allah and I am His Apostle.”

      “fight (qital=kill, slaughter) those who believe not in Allah not the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which has been forbidden by Allah & His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth (Islam) even if they are of the People of the Book (Jews & Christians) until they pay the jizya (ransom tax for their lives) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.” Qur’an 9:29

      “You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose and resist Allah & His Messenger, even though they were their fathers, or sons, or brothers or kindred.” Qur’an 58:22

      Is this clear to everyone?

  • Brightmeadows

    McCain: “Shut up and deal.”

  • Mr. Smith

    McCain has the same Ideology about the American People as the North Vietnamese had about all of us.

    • J. Winston Zedmore

      Coincidence?

      Doubtful.

  • flyingfox88

    Im so tired of responding to the antics of this deranged, clueless know-nothing, so I won’t.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      You just did and well said.

  • GinoMachiavelli

    Sure bet , blood will curl in John’s veins if he’s hear “Allahu Akbar!” scream within earshot.

    Run away!

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      John would be blown to bits on his way to hugging the guy!!

  • Unc Remus

    McCain is getting more Deranged by the day, He is in serious need of a Mental Health Intervention!

  • steve b

    JOHN MCCAIN IS A PIECE OF S&&T AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN ONE. THE BEST THING HE COULD HAVE DONE FOR THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE BEEN TO STAY IN THE HANOI HILTON.

  • RogerDane

    There are NO statesmen in our Government and perhaps there has not been for some time… but we do have a lot of fools and many Socialists! USA is doomed.

  • sherwool

    I part ways with the estimable Robert Spencer on this one. First, to be a bit exegetical about it, McCain didn’t, from what I’ve seen, say that “Allahu Akbar” means “Thank god”- he said “That’s what they are saying”. There’s a difference between a literal translation of the words and what a slogan “means”. These Muslims are uttering the traditional Arab-Muslim expression at such times. For all I know, they may also express it when they prevail in civil litigation (oh, you say, they don’t have civil courts under sharia? Well they have a traditional equivalent).

    there aren’t anyChristians anywhere shouting “thank God” as they fire rockets

    True, but largely irrelevant, Robert. Christians aren’t fighting religious wars today, at least not in the name of Chrisitianity. They have in the past. And Christians have long expressed the the battle cry of “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition” during battle. How do I know this? Well I saw it in the movies :~.

    Simply because Mohammad Atta’s boys screamed “Allahu Akbar” as they murdered thousands, does not mean that all who embrace that slogan are necessarily our enemies. Or if it does, it implies we are in a war of annihilation with the Muslim world, where the only option we will give Muslims is an Islamic-style “choice” to abandon their religion or die (sorry, no place for jizya here). I am not ready to draw that conclusion.

    • Ken

      I was told “Allahu Akbar” came from an Egyptian Military Marching song from the 1956 war.

      • sherwool

        My impression is the exclamation, or rallying cry, is much older than that. Does anyone know the origin of the phrase.

        The meaning of slogans is a tricky thing to assess. One person’s “meaning” might be quite different to another’s.

        • defcon 4

          Yeah and when islamonazis scream:

          “Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya’ud”
          It’s really ambiguous as to what they mean. It could be an invitation to tea, or dinner.

        • allessior

          You orobably can’t see the nose on your face. What is the origin of the nose? Not everybody has the same nose, different people have different noses.

    • Mark K

      Yes absolutely benign – Alahu akbar is a polynesian island 20 miles west of Maui. Major Hassan was shouting it as he gunned down 13 soldiers in Fort Hood because he wanted to be stationed there. Got it – he is not necessarily our enemy.
      Thanks for the clarification.

      • sherwool

        Idiotic reply, Mark. Shows your depth.

        • defcon 4

          The muslimes are clearly in a war of extermination against Hindus (in the Indian sub-continent), Christians (in N. Africa and the Mid-East), Buddhists (in Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh). Why don’t you cry to the victims of islam0nazis terrorism and persecution? Tell them about how you’re not ready to condemn muslimes for their death cult.

        • allessior

          Last words from Flight 93: “Allahu Akbar”

          Words shouted by radical Muslims on River Drive, Jersey City, as people jumped from the towers: “Allahu Akbar”

          Words shouted by Muslim radicals on Main St, Paterson, NJ as the towers fell: “Allahu Akbar”

          Words shouted by Muslim Brotherhood as they paraded nuns in the streets if Egypt: “Allahu Akbar”

          Words shouted by the Muslim radical as he shot 13 oeople dead at Ft. Hood: “Allahu Akbar”

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allahu_Akbar_(disambiguation)

          http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Allahu+Akbar

    • allessior

      Ok, when is the last Holy War by a huge minority of Catholics in modern history?

  • Itsy_bitsy

    McCain showed his depth of character during the Syrian “war” hearings, by playing phone poker!! Whenever anyone is inclined to give him credit for dignity and deep thinking, especially on this subject, please picture the actual man playing games on his phone! Talk about not being in touch!!

  • Dyer’s Eve

    About time ‘blubber-cheeks’ McCain wised up and watched the video, called ‘what Islam is not’.

    I’m not sure the following link will work, but if it doesn’t, then Google ‘what Islam is not’. It will be the first on the list. Well worth a look.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEXWjlgJ83E

    • defcon 4

      Collaborating puss-sacks like McCain don’t want to see the truth about islam — they’re paid to look the other way.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    So Mr. Spencer, how do you feel about allowing Barry Soetoro (aka Barack H. Obama, Barry Obama, Barack Obama Soebarkah, Harrison J. Bounel) being in a position to sent our military into action once again knowing full well that their is enough evidence to put him away for the use of fraudulent documents? The evidence sits on a number of Congresspersons desks in Washington DC as of late. Those conducting the 23 month long criminal investigation of Barry Soetoro have packaged their evidence and have been presenting it to many in Congress. Again how do you feel about the possibility that Barry Soetoro is indeed a FRAUD and still being allowed to exist in that sleeper cell at 1600 Penn Ave.

  • poetcomic1

    Allahu Akhbar also has many other shades of meaning as well: “Oh, dear!” “Lawd-a-mercy!” and “Heavens to Betsy!”…. it depends on the usage. Long ago Dole, McCain and Romney all ran together in my head into one treasonous, hideous RHINO I call McDoleney.

    • allessior

      Here is the common usage:

      Sorry, not incorrect, you are incorrect:

      Last words from Flight 93: “Allahu Akbar”

      Words shouted by radical Muslims on River Drive, Jersey City, as people jumped from the towers: “Allahu Akbar”

      Words shouted by Muslim radicals on Main St, Paterson, NJ as the towers fell: “Allahu Akbar”

      Words shouted by Muslim Brotherhood as they paraded nuns in the streets if Egypt: “Allahu Akbar”

      Words shouted by the Muslim radical as he shot 13 oeople dead at Ft. Hood: “Allahu Akbar”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allahu_Akbar_(disambiguation)

      http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Allahu+Akbar

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a party animal – political or social. I picked the man and his cohorts. After dummy Bush (for whom I voted when I couldn’t fathom putting up with four years of corn pone Al Gore) I was ready to vote for the local garbage collector and Obama looked and sounded fine. I reasoned that by putting him into the White House, no country could ever accuse America of being racist again. (Little did I know we’d be putting a racist into the WH) But when the Rev. Wright link was revealed I decided I simply had to vote for the GOP, sweet and dumb Sarah Palin and all. Then I happen to catch McCain on a TV show and for a few moments the dear man whom I looked up to as a military hero and man of character, seemed lost; as if he didn’t know where he was. Was it a senior moment or a touch of dementia? It frightened me. I wondered if he could last four years, and so I voted for Obama, a move I’ll regret for the rest of my life. McCain is now corroborating my suspicion of nearly five years ago. Yes, he survived but his reasoning is that of a victim of dementia.

    • knowshistory

      military hero and man of character? there is a lot of evidence that McCain was no hero at all. that was when he did not have dementia. dementia itself does not rule out being a good president. take Reagan, for example. in spite of being deep in the clutches of altzheimer’s dementia, he was one of our better presidents. if Obama had advanced dementia, confined to a hospital bed in the oval office, drooling and defecating in his depends, he would be a much better president than he is. if bush had advanced dementia, he would at least have an excuse for the “islam is a great religion of peace” proclamation. nothing wrong with a demented chief executive. there is plenty wrong with our nation’s enemies, McCain, Obama, and others.

  • nader viktor

    obama is the killer of the christians in Middle east and USA by hands of Al Qaeda , he gave them the weapons training and money , they be strong and kill you in USA as boston and Libya

  • Icansee4miles

    This writer lumps all Muslims in the same basket for saying God is Great(er); kind of like lumping all Christians under the same label for saying “Thank God”.

    Get past this nonsense and look at the big picture. Syria is only a side show to the main event; Iran. It was an eye opener to learn of Iran’s sinister use of Hezbollah to subvert and subjugate Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Bahrain and Iraq to form the Shia Crescent; and all to distract the U.S. while they perfect the Imam Hussein Atomic Bomb.

    When Iran has their nuke, they will hold the World hostage by threatening the Arabian Gulf countries, which pump 60% of the World’s oil production; and is the key to Iran’s World Domination. And the end of the West as we know it!

    McCain is on the right side of history with his support of the President on this issue. Educate yourselves about the Middle East and have a good read; Amazon Kindle’s new thriller The Bahrain Protocol.

    • defcon 4

      The “big picture” is that muslimes are slaughtering and persecuting people of other faiths all over the world, right now in the 21st century and your puerile AL Taqiyya can’t cover up the rising pile of dead bodies killed in the name of islam.

    • sherwool

      I doubt it’s quite as draconian as you make it sound. But still, in my mind a good reason to punish Assad militarily is to send the mullah’s of Teheran an unmistakable message. Make sure the message is “worded” in a way they will clearly understand. So much the better if some of the missles go astray and land in Iran.

      • allessior

        Are you serious right now? I was there, I saw it. Everyone in the NY/NJ area who was awake that day saw it. This is the oroblem, many like you don’treally get the severity of the day, and what the radicals were chanting as people fell to their deaths. What a disgrace.

      • defcon 4

        THen move to Gaza. Move to Somalia. Move to Iran. Move to Iraq. Then enjoy the tolerant, peaceful nature of islamonazism first hand.

    • allessior

      You are as ignorant as your desire to “educate us”. You sound like a LIB, not a sensible individual who understands not the literal translation of Allahu Akbar, which is “Allah is greatest”, but the “intended use” of the phrase.

      Were you around lower Manhatten on 911?

      Did you see the radical Muslims gathering on the street corners, yelling “Allahu Akbar” as Americans dove to their death from the towers?

      Did you happen to be in downtown Paterson, NJ, where radical Muslims paraded down main street shouting “Allahu Akbar”, with their fists in the air, as things unfolded that fateful morning?

      Were you in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood burnt down Christian churches, after slaughtering Christians, yelling “Allahu Akar” as they carried out their deeds?

      Did you realize that the last transmission from Flight 93 on 911 was “Allahu Akbar”, as the plane smashed to earth at close to 600mph?

      Do you realize that none of these politicians who want to go into Syria now for “humanitarian” reasons wanted to go after the Benghazi terrorists for “humanitarian” reasons? They yelled, “Allahu Akbar” as they raped and killed those 4 brave souls.

      Did you know what the radical Muslim doctor who killed 13 people at the fort yelled, “Allahu Akbar” as he slaughtered those service men and women.

      Sure, go in for humanitarian reasons, sacrifice someone else’s boys for Al Qaeda, then bring Israel into a confrontation with Iran. Very smart, start WW3.

      You and McCain are in the same league.

      “Thank you God” that McCain cannot run again. Or is it, “Allahu Akbar that McCain can’t run again.

      Idiots.

  • thult

    John “Yosemite Sam” McCain ought to stick with promoting expanded abortion rights with his wife, or promoting GLBT “marriage” with his daughter Megan, or maybe expanded American “rights” for illegal alien criminals along with Dick Durban and Lindsay Grahamnesty! “Yosemite Sam” McCain’s stepped up
    treachery is merely an ongoing frightful quest for relevance at a time when
    both his moral and American values and interests compass is locked on SOUTH!

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Since when does cutting the hearts out of your enemy qualify you as a “moderate?” There’s nothing “moderate” about the Free Syrian Army.

    • defcon 4

      In the same way slaughtering and persecuting and raping Christians does.

  • pupsncats

    I can’t help but think McCain’s time as a prisoner of war absolutely destroyed his mind.

    • defcon 4

      Either that or a generous helping of islam0fascist petrodollars in his pocket.

  • James Foard

    “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons”. (1 Cor. 10:21)
    A satanist giving the devil sign and shouting “Hail Satan” is not the same as a devout Jew or Christian raising their hands and saying “Baruch Hashem Adonai”. John McCain is having another Frank Drebin moment. He needs to be put under proper medical care somewhere where his slippers will be right next to his bed and where they serve three good meals a day.. He does not belong in the United States Senate.
    Correction: I mispoke. He does belong in the United States Senate. The entire United States Senate needs to be on medication and under a doctor’s care.
    . http://www.inplainsite.org/html/idol_worship.html

  • Willy Rho

    So True. It is astounding that a Blundering Fool can keep getting elected. It just shows that Once Publicized as a HERO, you are blessed with that forever, unless the Dis-Information Propaganda Ministry desires to VOID the Eternity Hero Status.

  • jfhdsiu

    McCain’s statement would only make sense if he were an enemy “sleeper agent” carrying out his enemy implanted instructions… Ha ha h…………??????????????…..??????????……. You don’t suppose …..???????? Nahhhhh!!!! Not possible….??? But then again. It WOULD explain an awful lot…. Nahhhhh…….. But we seem to have an enemy “sleeper agent” in the “White House” seemingly carrying out IT’S enemy implanted instructions…… Nahh? Nahhhhh…… I have a concern………………………

  • El Desdichado

    McCain is indeed misinformed.
    “Allahu akbar” means “I love my neighbor as myself” but sadly, this beautiful utterance of a proud and noble religion has been hijacked by a small group of violent extremists who shout these words as they deliver tea and crumpets to old folks and deliver toys to needy children at holiday-time…

  • M. Archer

    When discussing the “religious” or “political” color shades of our current dilemma with the rise of the Islamist threat; we do a great disservice to ourselves and to our allies by allowing either politics or religious comparison to divert our attention from the real crux of the problem and how to solve it. The Koran gives its adhearants permission to be “bullies” in the name of “religious zeal”. The way out of all this squabbling over semantics is to treat the bullies the way we did in grade school or high school; stand up to them and bring a can of whoopass. Their justifications for treating the worlds population with violence are irrelevant and dismissive. This is not a time for weakness or huddleling behind the school desk. Without a firm and decisive move to stop the bully he will continue to intimidate and divide until we are are all under his thumb. Politics and political correctness be damned . To miss the opportunity to disable the bully is to gaurantee the crippleing of a free people. Period.

  • tokoloshiman

    mccain is a man lost in a glass of water

  • johnnywood

    Children, can you say “idiot”? McCain should change his party affiliation to Democrap, which is what he truly is.

    • GottaQHFilly

      No, he’s a commie, which is what so called democrats are. He is also insane and a traitor. We have treasonous, insane commies running this country. Is it time yet?

      • johnnywood

        No argument here.

  • ibn insha

    ‘Allah-u-Akbar’ means ‘Allah is great’ not ‘Allah is greater.’ Allah is Arabic for God in English. Definition of Muslim God is different from Christian God as definition of Christian God is different from Jewish God but all refer to the same higher authority that is omnipresent and omnipotent. When Muslims say Allah-u-Akbar they mean to imply their inferiority to God. It does not mean ‘lets kill some Non-Muslims.’

    • LarryTX
      • allessior

        Sorry, not incorrect, you are incorrect:

        Last words from Flight 93: “Allahu Akbar”

        Words shouted by radical Muslims on River Drive, Jersey City, as people jumped from the towers: “Allahu Akbar”

        Words shouted by Muslim radicals on Main St, Paterson, NJ as the towers fell: “Allahu Akbar”

        Words shouted by Muslim Brotherhood as they paraded nuns in the streets if Egypt: “Allahu Akbar”

        Words shouted by the Muslim radical as he shot 13 oeople dead at Ft. Hood: “Allahu Akbar”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allahu_Akbar_(disambiguation)

        http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Allahu+Akbar

        You are just as confused as McCain.

    • allessior

      Sorry, Charlie. It means, “Allah is Greatest”, meaning the Muslim God, not the Christian and Jewish Gods, which ARE the same.

  • John Kelly

    If only John McCain and the other misinformed politicians in Washington would take wise counsel from David Horowitz, Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney or a host of others who have a proven track record of Patriotism & Courage.

    Alas they are guided by a plethora of spineless traitors who have long ago traded any allegiance to Constitution of the USA for the United Nations Charter.

    If America survives it will owe a huge debt to the tireless & fearless Patriots like David Horowitz.

    Just for the record John McCain…… “Allahu Akbar” does not mean “God is great” as CNN, MSNBC & others may claim.

    It actually means “ALLAH IS (the) GREATEST” as all Muslims know it implies Allah is GREATER than the God of the Christians & the Jews.

    “God is GREAT” in Arabic would be “Allahu Kabir” NOT “Allahu Akbar”

  • Ellman48

    In this matter, like in many others, the Republican leadership may demonstrate its incompetence, lack of understanding and principles, and eagerness to stay on Obama’s good side. We conservatives never had a chance at defeating him or his policies with such morons and weaklings in the Republican establishment. Washington DC is a disgusting spectacle and embarrassment to the nation

  • allessior

    McCain is nothing short of a major keague A$&HO$LE!

    Hey McCain, do you remember the last words coming from Flight 93 you jerk! The last words were “Alahu Akbar”. You A$&H$&LE!

    Do you realize how many of our boys were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq at the hands of these monsters!? They would yell “Alahu Akbar” as they stood over the bodies of our boys, YOU A&$SH$&LE!

    Those of us who live in NY resent this man beyond hope, beyond hell. He is a senile old P$&CK who is siding with his pal Obama, no matter how stupid Obma’s foreign policy is.

    Four of our bretheren raped and slaughtered in Benghazi, yet no vengence by Obama.

    Christians murdered and nuns paraded through streets as the Muslim Brotherhood shouted “Alahu Akbar”, yet no vengence, no retalation to “save the innocent” by Obama and the A$&H$&LE McCain.

    HYPOCRITES!

  • ratonis

    McCain is just dumb. Mr. Obama (aka Barack O-bomb-them) is disingenuous and deceitful.

  • lizwagner2

    It used to be we worried about Communism and the Domino Effect. Noe, we have a president, and Senators, who are busy knocking the dominos down.

  • g..man

    Despicable animal

  • allessior

    Jury is still out:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57601450/obama-putin-in-battle-over-purported-syria-chemical-weapons-evidence-at-g-20-summit-in-russia/

    But why is the US siding with the “Allahu Akbar” rebels caled Al Qaeda? You know, the ones who drove airplanes into the twin towers as they shouted “Allahu Akbar”?

  • Mohammed Wazir Ahkspaidar

    ‘Allahu akbar’ means ‘Allah is greater’ – i.e. better than the rest. It’s used in all sorts of circumstances. You can see how it’s used on youtube. By the captors of hand-tied fellow muslims (of the wrong type) as they shoot into the backs of the heads of their victims. By muslims firing mortar rounds indiscriminately into cities full of civilians. By taliban and others as they saw the heads off their victms with blunt knives. And in so many other circumstances.

    So, McCain, it looks like they thanking their god of bloodshed. Certainly not in awareness , awe and wonder for this amazing gift of life we all share.

  • knowshistory

    is there any hope for a nation that would nominate a fool like McCain to be the only alternative to the intentional treason of Obama? would we really have been any better off to have elected a fool like McCain instead of the evil that we did elect? actually, yes. if it was the doddering old fool McCain proposing the absolute stupidity of intervening in the Syrian civil war, at least our nation’s enemies, the liberals, would be in a quandary. to harm our country they would have to support a republican, which they could never do, or to oppose a nominal republican, they would have to come to the aid of their country, which they could never do. what a dilemma. but, sigh, we achieved the worst possible result. we elected a certified enemy to be the muslim in chief, and left the fool in congress. can a nation with a population that stupid survive?

  • Seek

    Can someone remind me why it is that the Republican Party nominated this man, John McCain, to be the nation’s next president in 2008?

  • Tpartygramma
  • Paul Austin Murphy

    You are tempted to say that as a typical busy politician, McCain simply hasn’t the time to do ANY research into Islam or indeed into the Syrian ‘fighters’. That means that others must do it for him. Which is not a good thing; especially when it comes to Islam and Syria. They won’t know that much either and what they do know, will be squared with the view that ‘Islam is the religion of peace’ and that every Syrian fighter wants to build a White House in Damascus.

    The massive ignorance – willful perhaps – of McCain needs a massive explanation.

  • lessthantolerant

    This old fool took one too many hits to the head in the Hanoi Hilton, perhaps he should be put out to pasture before he really starts a war.

  • katarina broman

    What has happened to this guy? He seemed to be decent at least 5 years ago. Since no one, absolutely no one, does anything unless there is something in it for them, I wonder, what´s in it for McCain??? He is quite old and one wonders wether he will live long enough to be able to enjoy the reward that is clearly coming to him for his “good work”:
    McCain!!?? Who would have thunk it!

  • KhidonNOR

    Former CIA operative Robert Bear complains that Riyadh is buying up American politicians. Even a progressive pseudo-conservative like McCain can’t be this ignorant about Islam.

  • El Desdichado

    Awww give the ol’ glue horse a break…

  • Tony

    By they way McCain is just showing the American ignorance in general. If you can take a look at Pakistani military parades in youtube and they’re shouting this same war cry. The notion of Islamic superiority is ingrained deeply into many so called moderate Islamic societies.