Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to look weak in one easy lesson

President Obama addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations today. He spoke at length about the recent spate of violence and protests in the Middle East, about Chris Stevens' death, and about violence in general as a roadblock to the growth of freedom and democracy.

I'd like very much to say that it was a good speech, that he made some strong points and raised some valid issues. But I can't. And why not? Because once again, the President found it necessary to comment on a nothing film in relation to the violence and protests, to once again appear with hat in hand playing the role of an appeaser. The relevant passages from his speech:
That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well -- for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and every faith. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion, we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them.
And later:
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.
It's just effing amazing to me (pardon my French, but I don't know how else to put it), that Obama can--with no apparent recognition of what he is doing--say the above and then the following:
And on this we must agree: There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. (Applause.) There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There's no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.
He simultaneously justifies that violence by joining in the supposed outrage and condemnation over a nothing video on YouTube. I've finally has a look at the video in question and while it's certainly stupid and offensive (and very poorly done), it's just not the worst thing ever, with regard to the "prophet of Islam" or any other sacred figure. Worse things appear on the internet and in real life every day. Every hour of every day, in fact. Yet the President keeps harping on this video as if it actually needs to be singled out. Foolishness.

Doing so sends a very clear message: have a hissy fit over something you find offensive and the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World will will jump--as if on command--to join you and condemn the offensive thing.

You know what I find offensive? The idea that small town folks are bitter bigots who cling to their "guns or religion." And we know what that religion is, don't we? It ain't Islam:


Don't get me wrong, those comments are no justification for violence. But I have to ask, should the future belong to those who slander the Savior of Christianity? I don't think so...

Cheers, all.

2 comments:

  1. http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/09/25/msm-tipping-point-on-obama-in-the-middle-east/

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  2. Attention, attention, all terrorists, may I have your attention please: See? Violence works!

    Newsflash, Mr. Obama: Americans have freedom of religion. That means you practice yours, I practice mine (so long as it jibes with the laws of our country) and I can't stop you, and you can't stop me. It DOESN'T mean I'm forced to respect yours, or you're forced to respect mine. THESE are the lessons that the TERRORISTS need to learn. AMERICANS don't need to learn any lessons, Mr. President, and alluding, as you have, to the idea that we do is nothing short of support of the "mindless violence" you pathetically and half-assedly "condemn."

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