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Parsing Obama’s Palaver

President Barack Obama’s
speech
to the nation of “reassurance” and “resolve” on the evening of
December 6th had all the substance of cotton candy. It took up a lot of space
but essentially there was nothing there. It was a fluffy repeat of the same old
deception, misdirection, taqiyya, and
dissimulation. The only thing his fifteen-minute, nineteen-hundred word spiel
reassured us of was that he wasn’t going to change his policy towards ISIS (aka
ISIL) or his determination to protect Islam. Let’s examine the speech.

The first paragraph was a howler.
Good
evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to
celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them
deeply. They were white and black, Latino and Asian, immigrants, and American
born, moms and dads, daughters and sons. Each of them served their fellow
citizens. All of them were part of our American family.
Actually, Obama wasn’t so much talking “with us” as
he was talking down to us. Also, he
failed the bean-counting test. He forgot to mention that the victims were also
someone’s cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, and in-laws. But,
apparently, there were no Muslims among the victims. What a relief! Well, to
Obama it was a relief.
Tonight
I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism and
how we can keep our country safe….
Tragedy?
Everyone else realizes it was an attack by Islamic jihadists. Pearl Harbor was not a “tragedy.” The St. Valentine’s
Day massacre was not a “tragedy.” The Holocaust was not a “tragedy.”
Destructive natural catastrophes are “tragedies.” When people lose their lives
and property to tornados, earthquakes, and floods, those are tragedies. The
term tragedy is preferred in this
context because it lessens the sense that it was just another instance of jihad, of a continuation of Islam’s war
on the West. It misdirects one’s attention away from the ideological culprit: Islam.
The term tragedy has no human face.
It’s something that just happens, and no blame can be attached to any human
action or design.
Natural disasters do not discriminate between men,
women, and children.
But neither does Islamic jihad. American civilians are legitimate targets of Islamic jihad. “Allah is an enemy to unbelievers.” (Sura -2:98) “Slay them
wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you
out, for persecution is worse than slaughter.” (Koran – 2:191) “Believers!
Make war on the infidels who dwell around you.” (Koran – 9:123) Farook’s
coworkers were near him. Enough said? The Koran
is replete with such bloody-minded injunctions.
The
FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here’s
what we know….
Our dhimmified
FBI
, 48 hours after the San Bernardino attack, finally conceded it was an
act of terrorism. At the time, Obama was still suggesting it was an instance of
workplace
violence
.” The FBI, as of the date of this writing, is still fossicking
around for a motive. Last night Obama finally admitted that the attack was an
act of terrorism, carried out by Muslims. Well, by “renegade” Muslims. It must
have wrenched his gut to have to admit that. Facts, however, may be suppressed
as inconvenient if they incriminate Muslims, and contradict one’s assumptions, and
must be suppressed as long as possible before they must be acknowledged.
So
far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist
organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at
home.
“We” now have evidence Syed Farook and Tashfeen
Malik were in
contact
with parties designated by the FBI as “persons of interest” in this
country and overseas.
 But it is clear that the two of them had gone
down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of
Islam that calls for war against America and the West. They had stockpiled
assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs.
There’s that hoary old chestnut of Islam, that it’s
a peaceful religion, as peaceful as an Amish barn-raising get-together,
and that Islam had been “hijacked.” It’s one of George
W. Bush’s
most noteworthy gaffes, addressed exclusively to Muslims shortly
after 9/11. Obama owes George W. Bush so much, you have to wonder why over the
years he has blamed the man for so many problems. Moreover, you can no more
“radicalize” Islam than you can “radicalize” Nazism or Communism. You can’t
“pervert” a death cult like Islam or put a worse “interpretation” on it than the
one it already flaunts. It is what it is. Applying the term “extremist” to
Islam’s consistent practitioners is an exercise in myopic epistemology. It’s
tantamount to calling Venus’s
atmosphere
extremely lethal” to
human life. It’s lethal, period.

As Daniel Greenfield noted in his December 6th
column about Syed Farook’s father, “Moderate
Muslim Dad to San Bernardino Terrorist: Soon All the Jews Will be Dead
,”
….Farook’s family was only
“moderate” by the standards of ISIS. And that’s the problem with the
myth of the moderate Muslim. It’s a relative definition, not a moral one. And
since there’s an endless spectrum of Islamic Supremacist brutality, being
moderate means very little. Like the average in a population of murderous
psychos or serial rapists, a halfway point in evil doesn’t mean much.
ISIS’s ranks of “fighters” and terrorists in Syria,
in Europe, and in America are filled with once “moderate” Muslims. Syed Farook
and Tashfeen Malik were unassuming, “moderate” Muslims, until they exchanged
their civilian clothes for combat gear, and then locked and loaded. Obama
claimed that:
Our
nation has been at war with terrorists since Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000
Americans on 9/11….
Come again? What about the Barbary
Wars
in the early 19th century? Or are looting and enslaving pirates not to
be classified as terrorists? Muslims terrorized European coast lines for
centuries.
Intelligence
and law enforcement agencies have disrupted countless plots here and overseas
and worked around the clock to keep us safe.
Our
military and counterterrorism professionals have relentlessly pursued terrorist
networks overseas, disrupting safe havens in several different countries,
killing Osama Bin Laden, and decimating Al Qaeda’s leadership….
No thanks to Obama with all the actions he has
taken to cripple our intelligence gather efforts against ISIS, Iran, Al-Qaeda,
and other terrorist outfits, such as ordering the redaction
of Islamic
and Muslim terms from the FBI training documents . No thanks to
his budget cuts on the military. You really have to credit Obama for his brazen
effrontery to tell lies to the American public about all he has accomplished in
the “war against terror.” It was his policies in Iraq and Syria and Libya that
sired the birth of ISIS. He has accomplished anarchy and enabled the growth of
ISIS.
 And as groups like ISIL grew stronger amidst
the chaos of war in Iraq and then Syria, and as the Internet erases the
distance between countries, we see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the
minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino
killers.
But the minds of Farook and Malik, together with
those of Johar
and Tamerlan Tsarnaev
, the Boston Marathon bombers, were already drawn to
terrorism, poisoned by Islam. Islam severs any rational link between morality
and action. It sanctions violence and death. This is true for your average,
unassuming, non-violent Muslim and the gun- and bomb-wielding apostles of an
Islamic apocalypse. This is true for those born into the cult and raised in it,
and for those drawn to it for their own skewed psychological reasons to be
converted. Because Islam claims that all infidels – Jewish, Christian,
Buddhist, and so on – were born
Muslims
,  anyone adhering to another
faith or religion, or to no religion at all, is fair game for killing or
enslaving. I kid you not. Here is an imam’s own explanation:
In
His infinite love and compassion, God gave all humans this fitrah, which
pulls them back towards Him through the message of His prophets which was
finalized and preserved with the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
However,
some people may either ignore the call or are so steeped in the falsehoods of
their ‘given’ religion that they ignore their fitrah guiding them back
to the One and Only God. This fitrah is that still small voice that
‘whispers’ to you the difference between right and wrong and makes you question
the doctrination of the corruption in religion today.
That “small voice” that “whispers” into your mind
is the little “birdie” I describe in “The
Ugly American Muslim
” about Farook and Malik. One day Farook and Malik are
shopping for Pampers and baby food for the toddler. The next day they’re taking
delivery of automatic weapons and bullets, and assembling pipe bombs. The
Farook family
lawyer
, David S. Chesley, is in
denial
that Farook and Malik were really vicious killers. He suspects a
“setup,” an entrapment, a conspiracy of some kind. Or something. The National
Review
on December 4th  reports on
his CNN interview with Chris Cuomo. Not quite sounding like Mr. Magoo, Chesley said:
There’s
a lot of disconnects and unknowns and things that, quite frankly, don’t add up
or seem implausible…. You
know, no one has ever seen Syed with any of the things that they, I mean – with
some of the things we found on the scene, they haven’t seem [sic] them with them…
We sat with the FBI for three
hours and they tried to identify some characteristics or some affiliations that
he [Farook] might have had, that could have led to him acting this way. They
couldn’t find anything. They were totally stumped, totally frustrated….
It’s
a real head-scratcher, David. But, you went to law school, just
like Obama
, so I’m sure you’ll figure it out some day.
From here on Obama’s remarks about what to do about
ISIS and terrorism, what he will do to “defeat“ ISIL, how he’s forming an
alliance with the U.K., France, and Germany (!!! You mean the same Germany that
invited
millions of Muslims
to invade Europe???, to exchange the swastika for the
crescent and star???), how he’ll order a review of how the immigrant vetting
process to prevent “bad” Muslims like Tashfeen Malik from entering the country
– are just so much taqiyya-sugared palaver
we’ve all heard countless times before. Snoozers.
As Diane West
remarked in a “tweet” soon after Obama was finished “reassuring” the country:
The Crux of Obama’s speech was a pitch to
re-repress a growing understanding that the more Islam there is in our society,
the less freedom, the less safety.
Obama presses
on with his insipid recommendations.
Next,
we should put in place stronger screening for those who come to America without
a visa so that we can take a hard look at whether they’ve traveled to war
zones. And we’re working with members of both parties in Congress to do exactly
that.
As Pamela Geller of Atlas
Shrugs
“tweeted” soon after the hot air session:
BHO: “I’ve ordered a review of the
visa program” the SB terrorist used – but he’ll bring in hundreds…thousands
of “refugees” infiltrated by ISIS.
The bulk of the balance of Obama’s address is how
we mustn’t hold Islam or Muslims responsible for Paris and San Bernardino and
any other atrocities committed in the name of Islam. There mustn’t be a
“backlash,” we mustn’t discriminate against Muslims, we mustn’t hold Muslims
responsible for the actions of other “troubled” Muslims, even though the latter
commit their crimes in the name of Islam and for the sake of the Umma, of which
all those “peaceful,” passive Muslims are members.
Of course, Obama had to get in a word or two about his
desire for more gun controls on top of what already exist.
We
also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons, like
the ones that were used in San Bernardino. I know there are some who reject any
gun-safety measures, but the fact is that our intelligence and law-enforcement
agencies, no matter how effective they are, cannot identify every would-be mass
shooter, whether that individual was motivated by ISIL or some other hateful
ideology.
What
we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill.
So, just to be on the safe side, we need to disarm everyone, even those who find it
necessary to defend themselves against terrorists. We must wrest weapons from
the hands of our own gun-clingers. Of course, we all know that criminals will
acquire guns of all kinds especially in contravention of existing gun control
laws, and that “gun-free zones” experience the highest rate of mass killings,
but you folks out there will just have to chance it. Never mind that I’m
surrounded by guns wherever I go.
The
strategy that we are using now — air strikes, special forces, and working with
local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country — that is
how we’ll achieve a more sustainable victory, and it won’t require us sending a
new generation of Americans overseas to fight and die for another decade on
foreign soil.
Obama’s formula for fighting terrorism seems to be
that we Americans must fight and die on our own soil, as well. Because that’s
in the cards if he succeeds in bringing in countless ISIS-approving
Syrian “refugees.”
However, above all, and this is the chief thrust of
his address:
Here’s
what else we cannot do. We cannot turn against one another by letting this
fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups
like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part
of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a
billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic
Muslim-Americans who reject their hateful ideology.
Moreover,
the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim.
If
we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as
some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and
hate.
That
does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within
some Muslim communities. It’s a real problem that Muslims must confront without
excuse.
Perhaps it’s a real problem that Obama and John
Kerry and others must confront. Yes, ISIS speaks for Islam, in its purest,
undiluted form, and also for its mild-mannered form. From a Muslim victim’s
viewpoint, such as that of a woman stoned to death for adultery, or of a gay
tossed from a rooftop, or of an American Muslim girl honor-killed for rejecting
an arranged marriage or Muslim garb, the two versions are indistinguishable.
Muslim
leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to
decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like ISIL
and Al Qaeda promote, to speak out against not just acts of violence, but also
those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of
religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.
But
just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out
misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all
Americans, of every faith, to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility
to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s our
responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim-Americans should somehow be
treated differently.
Muslim leaders in this country and around the world
aren’t going to “reject” their ideology, they aren’t going to campaign for religious
tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity. Oh, they’ll say the right things
to the West and quite the opposite to their brethren and mosque-filled flocks.
That’s the nature of taqiyya. Obama is
quite good at it himself. Islam is the most intolerant creed on the planet, it
will not respect other creeds, and its notion of human dignity is exampled in Muslim
gang-rapes of Muslim women and of infidel kaffirs, raising their rear-ends en masse on Western streets, and
referring to Jews and Christians as no better than apes and pigs.
“Religious tests”? Say, rather, ideological tests
that would screen out those who wish to make war on this country and its government?
Islam is a totalitarian ideology garbed in the vestments of a brutal, primitive
religion. Islam was political from Mohammad’s git-go. But, Mr. President, Muslims
in this country expect to be treated
differently – to be deferred to, to be treated as a superior, special class, to
claim the right to impose Sharia on non-Muslims as a default submission to
Islam.
Because
when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that
betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.
Obama has reigned over and caused the divisiveness
wherefore he speaks – in race relations, in religious and ethnic relations, in
our politics, in the economy. And to which values is he referring?  
Muslim-Americans
are our friends and our neighbors, our co- workers, our sports heroes. And,
yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of
our country. We have to remember that.
I don’t know that Muslims are our friends. Muslims don’t
solicit my friendship, and I certainly don’t solicit theirs. I don’t want them
as neighbors. You never know when they’ll be struck by “sudden jihad syndrome”
and start brandishing a knife or a machete. Call me an “Islamophobe.”
Muslims should not be allowed in our military
forces. Ask Major Nidal
Hasan
. Nor should our military be obliged to observe or respect Muslim customs
and holidays. Nor should this country.
In sum, Barack Obama’s startled no one but the New
York Times
and the Washington
Post
with a 180-degree turnaround in his so-called war to end terrorism,
protect the country, and end ISIS. Those two newspapers drooled over his “refreshing”
change of tactic and for grasping the terrorism bull by the horns.
But it was mostly bull that Obama offered the
country – again. The fellows at ISIS must be amused.

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