Friday, September 19, 2008

More Moslem endorsements for Obama

Why Islamists Cheer for Obama at The American Thinker By Vasko Kohlmayer

On April 13 of this year, Ahmed Yousef, a public relations man for the terrorist organization Hamas, said in an interview: "We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election." He then gave the reason for Hamas' support: "He has a vision to change America."

Earlier this month, Libya's strongman Muammar Khadafi gave an endorsement speech in which he called Barack Obama a "brother" and expressed his hope that he will "change America from evil to good and that America will establish relations that will serve it well with other people, especially the Arabs." He also said:

[A]ll the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American Presidency.

The Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gushed "this young man [Obama] is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better." He went on to say that Obama "could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall." In another appearance, Farrakhan stated that he "represents hope that the United States will change for the better."

Prominent Egyptian journalist Yasser Khalil wrote recently "Barack Obama represents a phenomenon that has drawn global attention and captivated the minds of Muslims around the world." He noted that "this level of support for an American presidential candidate is unprecedented in the Muslim world" and observed that "large segments of the Muslim population here remain fascinated with the election and have become big fans of Senator Obama."
What attracts Islamists to Obama is not that they necessarily see him as a covert co-religionist, but their sense that his worldview -- and especially his view of America -- corresponds with their own.

And then we were treated to those wonderful videos of Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright. The man who led Obama from an "aimless young man" to a "born again experience". More like nurtured his hatred of half his own heritage and his own country. And there was Michelle pushing him in that direction too but that's a topic for another posting.

The videos sent shockwaves not only throughout this country, but also around the world that was closely watching America's historic election. And even though most clear-thinking people were revolted, one group reacted with glee. That group was the Islamists, particularly those of radical stripe, for in Wright's invective they heard a view of America that was their own.

Like Obama's role model, radical Islamists also believe that America is an unjust, murderous and oppressive regime that exploits at home and murders abroad. They also agree with Wright that the attacks of 9/11 were a deserved punishment for all the evils the United States has perpetrated around the globe. And what could better sum up their feelings toward this country than Wright's booming "God damn America!"

Islamists must have greatly relished the fervor and eloquence with which the mentor of a major presidential candidate denounced the United States. The whole spectacle no doubt struck a familiar chord, for Wright's preaching -- with his virulent invective against the United States -- was closer in content and tenor to what they hear in a Saudi mosque than what is usually on offer in an average church in America's Bible belt.

But even as radical Islamists rejoiced, Obama had a major crisis on his hands. It turned out to be the most serious crisis of his political career and one that nearly sank his presidential hopes. Initially Obama argued that Wright's statements were taken out of context and played in a loop for heightened effect. But when it was discovered that there was more, Obama took a different line. He claimed that he had personally never heard Wright speak like this and that he knew nothing of his father figure's virulent anti-Americanism.

This is obviously a lie and an egregious one at that. Whatever can be said about Barack Obama, he is not stupid. A Harvard-educated lawyer, he has repeatedly shown intelligence and shrewdness during his meteoric rise to national prominence. It is completely unbelievable he would not know about the belief system of the person who was his confidant for nearly 20 years. After all, Wright did not even try to conceal his views, but propounded them openly from the pulpit of his church. Yet Obama wants us to believe that he was the only one in that congregation who knew nothing of Wright's disdain for his country.

Obama's assertion that the two never discussed politics is another bald-faced lie. We can be fairly certain that politics was a frequent subject of their discussions, since both Obama and Wright are consummately political creatures. Barack Obama is, of course, a professional politician. Jeremiah Wright is a political activist in a religious garb.

The real question is not whether Obama knew about his pastor's anti-Americanism, but to what extent he shares it. And there is every reason to believe that he shared most if not all of it.

To see why, you only need to ask yourself a few questions: Would you hold up a man as your father figure if you did not also identify with his worldview? Would you pinpoint him as the person who had the greatest influence on your life? Would you keep him on a role model and mentor?
If any other candidate were caught in a similar situation, he or she would have been forced out of politics in disgrace. The same media that hounded Sarah Palin's old pastors deliberately overlooked a cleric who told them that his protégé shared his hatred of America. This failure to expose a major presidential candidate for the anti-American radical he is will surely go down in history as one of the most egregious cases of media malpractice. Had it not been for the media-led cover up, Barack Obama would have been by now only an embarrassing footnote in the annals of American presidential politics.

This brings us back to the Islamists. Unlike the willfully blind media, they can see very well what Barack Obama is all about, which is why they are so excited about the prospect of his presidency. Their enthusiasm is easy to understand, since nothing could advance their cause more than a man at the top of the American government whose views of America correspond with their own. To Islamists, Obama's victory would truly seem like a godsend.

We often refuse to say or even think truth, because truth can be ugly and disturbing. But the facts in this case speak for themselves, and we must face them squarely. If we fail, sooner or later there will be a price to pay. That price could be very steep, for Barack Obama and his associates would inflict -- if given the opportunity -- serious harm on the country they disdain. Islamists and all those who hate America see this clearly and rejoice at the prospect.

We will leave those who are still hesitant with one last question. Can you find a single instance outside the campaign trail in which Barack Obama or any of his closest associates have said anything good or complimentary about their country?

In their moments of frankness, those closest to Barack Obama -- from his role model Jeremiah Wright through unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers to his own wife -- articulate contempt for America far more than love and appreciation for its virtues.

Think about that as you listen to Wright's blistering denunciations of the United States and the cheering of Islamic extremists as they contemplate the prospect of a President Barack Obama, a man they call their brother and friend.

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