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Obama’s Unnecessary Muslim Apologia; Misguided on al-Qaeda

January 30, 2009

Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the world anew. Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims by saying “to the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” his formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic.

By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post

 

Is it “new” to acknowledge Muslim interests and show respect to the Muslim world? Obama doesn’t just think so, he said so again to millions in his al-Arabiya interview, insisting on the need to “restore” the “same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago.”

Astonishing. In these most recent 20 years — the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world — America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them. It engaged in five military campaigns, every one of which involved — and resulted in — the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn
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012903444.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Related:
 Obama: Muslims not America’s enemy, “I have Muslim members of my family”

 Obama Told His Actions On Gitmo Could “jeopardize those who are fighting the war on terror”

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From the Heritage Foundation:
http://conservativemeanderings.wordpress.c
om/2009/01/30/al-qaeda-is-not-a-competi
ng-political-party/

President Obama offered a new tone but little substance. He proclaimed that “we are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest.” But he displayed amazing naivete in defining what those common interests are, suggesting that al-Qaeda leaders “seemed nervous” because their ideas are bankrupt: “There’s no actions that they’ve taken that say a child in the Muslim world is getting a better education because of them, or has better health care because of them.”

This statement reveals an enormous misunderstanding of the ideological roots of Islamist terrorism and a shocking lack of respect for the powerful motivating force of the idea of jihad for al-Qaeda supporters. The President implies that a better education policy or health care plan will inevitably doom al-Qaeda, as if that terrorist network is competing like a political party to benefit Muslim voters rather than trying to violently impose its radical ideas on people that it views as misguided Muslims.

Iran Ready to Work With Obama?

January 30, 2009

The mercurial President Ahmadinejad of Iran makes dealing with the Persian nation difficult.  He has said he wants to “wipe the Zionist State [Israel] off the map” and he funds anti-Israeli terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.  After Barack Obama went on Al-Arabiya  TV with his Muslim outreach, Iran didn’t respond positively as expected. 

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanded on Wednesday that US President Barack Obama apologise for the “crimes” committed by the United States against Iran over the past 60 years.
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But now during the economic conference in Davos maybe Iran is sending the real answer to Obama…

DAVOS, Switzerland (CNN) — Tehran stood ready to work with U.S. President Barack Obama to establish better relations with Washington, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told a CNN-hosted panel at the World Economic Forum.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD
/europe/01/29/us.iran/index.html

Related:

 Iran’s Ahmadinejad: Barack Obama should apologise for 60 years of ‘crimes’

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki talks Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki talks Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium ... 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: Barack Obama should apologise for 60 years of ‘crimes’

January 28, 2009

In his own way of saying “thank you” to Barack Obama for his expressed respect for Muslims on Al-Arabiya , President Ahmadinejad has an idea or two for the new American president….

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanded on Wednesday that US President Barack Obama apologise for the “crimes” committed by the United States against Iran over the past 60 years.

By The Telegrapn (UK)

The hardline leader also called on Washington to withdraw its troops from across the world as a proof of Mr Obama’s commitment to change.

“You were standing against the Iranian people in the past 60 years,” Mr Ahmadinejad said during an address in the western region of Khermenshah that was broadcast by state television.

Barack Obama should apologise for 60 years of 'crimes'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the advocates of change must ‘stop supporting the Zionists, outlaws and criminals’ Photo: REUTERS

“Those who speak of change must apologise to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and the crimes they committed against Iran.”

As to the troops, he said he expected two kinds of “deep and fundamental” change.

“Meet people, talk to them with respect and put an end to the expansionist policies. If you talk about change it must put an end to the US military presence in the world, withdraw your troops and take them back inside your borders.”

Mr Ahmadinejad said the advocates of change must “stop supporting the Zionists, outlaws and criminals”.

He called on the United States to “stop interfering in other people’s affairs”.

He also said the US government should “let the American people decide their own future … Stop pressuring them,” he added, without saying what he was referring to.

Mr Ahmadinejad said he welcomed change but the “change has to be fundamental”.

Related:
 Iran Says Again, Holocaust a ‘Big Lie’

Iran Will Have Nuke This Year?

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/n
orthamerica/usa/barackobama/4370711/Mah
moud-Ahmadinejad-Barack-Obama-should-apo
logise-for-60-years-of-crimes.html

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium ... 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)

Middle East: President on Al-Arabiya, Mitchell Moving, Jimmy Carter Advice to Israel

January 27, 2009

President Obama was on Al-Arabiya TV telling Muslims they are not America’s enemy, envoy George Mitchell was traveling to discuss peace with all sides in the Middle East and former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that Israel will face a “catastrophe” unless it revives the Mideast peace process and establishes an independent Palestinian state.

Related:
Obama: Muslims not America’s enemy, “I have Muslim members of my family”

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama threw his weight Monday behind Arab-Israeli peacemaking when he sent envoy George Mitchell to the region with a brief to “engage vigorously” to achieve real progress.

Obama, promising to be more actively engaged in Middle East diplomacy than his predecessor George W. Bush, set the tone for the trip after meeting Mitchell who is due to visit Israel, the Palestinian West Bank and Arab states.

In the short run, the trip is aimed at bolstering a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip — following a three-week Israeli military offensive — and tackling the humanitarian crisis there.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090126/pl
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By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN,Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK – Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that Israel will face a “catastrophe” unless it revives the Mideast peace process and establishes an independent Palestinian state.
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In an interview with The Associated Press, he said Arabs will outnumber Jews in the Holy Land in the foreseeable future.

“If we look toward a one-state solution, which seems to be the trend _ I hope not inexorable _ it would be a catastrophe for Israel, because there would be only three options in that case,” Carter said.

One would be to expel large numbers of Palestinians, which he said would amount to “ethnic cleansing.”

The second would be to deprive the Palestinians of equal voting rights, which he said would amount to “apartheid.”

The third would be to give the Palestinians equal voting rights, and therefore the majority, he said.

“And you would no longer have a Jewish state,” Carter said. “The basic decisions would be made by the Palestinians, who would almost very likely vote in a bloc, whereas you would have some sharp divisions among the Israelis, because the Israelis always have different points of view.”

Carter spoke to The Associated Press as his new book, “We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land,” was released.

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wl-mideast-carter-1be00ca.html

Obama Reaches Out to Muslims, Republicans “Neither are All Terrorists”

January 27, 2009

In a clear effort to show the world that there is a difference between terrorists and Muslims and Republicans, President Obama is on a media blitz that is not to be out done by Rod Blagojevich.

“I have Muslims in my family.  Maybe even a Republican….”

 

O.K., don’t take this TOO seriously, but seriously enough.

The White House proudly discussed the President’s “outreach” to Al-Arabiya satellite television network.  The effort is meant to show Muslims that America knows not all are terrorists and America embraces Muslims just like other peoples from around the globe.

Almost in the same breath, White House media advisors said the president would be “reaching out” to Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

A friend at the staunchly Republican Heritage Foundation told us, “Well, we are pleased the President realizes we are not all terrorists…”

President Obama’s outreach to both Republics and and Muslims are serious efforts though not tied into one program.

“We know Republicans are not bad people,” a White House friend said.

When the president visits the capitol today he’ll meet separately with House and Senate Republicans.  Democrats will not be allowed in those meetings.

The White House said the president is seeking Republican input and urging bipartisanship.

Related:
Obama Ramps Up Bipartisan Efforts; Goes To Capitol Hill Tuesday

 Obama: Muslims not America’s enemy, “I have Muslim members of my family”

Missing from Congress’ stimulus negotiations: transparency

 Stimulus Proves Obama (And The NYT) Have No Idea What “Bipartisanship” Means; Or Could Care Less

People Really Do Hate Republicans:
http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/
02/15/do-people-really-hate-republi
cans-in-congress/