Turn The Other Cheek
June 4, 2009, President Obama spoke at Cairo University; the one hour speech consisted mostly of apologies and also had a plan “to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world”. So with all the ‘outreach’ and financial aid over the last 3 years why are we seeing more hate for America than ever before?
You would think with his upbringing of both a father and step father who were Muslim, his going to a school in a Madrassa until the age of six, his pronunciation of Arab words and understanding of the Quran, that Obama would have better understanding of Islam.
You would think that, but…
Over two years ago in July 2010 I wrote an article titled “NASA: Reach Out To The Muslim World”, it came after NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Al Jazeera TV that his “foremost” mission was to improve relations with the Muslim world. Yes, NASA.
Since Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 he has done more to help Muslim countries than all other Presidents before him combined. Along with financial aid that has topped the hundreds of billions, he has filled many of his cabinet and top spots in the administration with Muslims including Presidential advisor Dalia Mogahed, the first woman to wear a hijab while at work every day in the White House. Not to mention her ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Just a few months ago, as reported in the Washington Post, Michelle Bachmann and four other House Republicans wrote a letter asking the Department of Defense, the State Department, and other departments to investigate whether the U.S. government is being infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. In particular they said that Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “has three family members—her late father, her mother, and her brother—connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position provides her with routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.”
When it comes to foreign policy in the Middle East Obama has attempted to appease every nation except Israel. During his speech in Cairo he stated on the subject of Iran,
“I recognize it will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude, and resolve. There will be many issues to discuss between our two countries, and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect.”
We know how that went. Interestingly he followed up his statement of no preconditions with,
“But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point. This is not simply about America’s interests. It’s about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path.”
Really? “But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point.” Where exactly is that point, when Iran actually admits to having them?
Obama has apologized to the Muslim world from the first moment he took office until this past week. The original statement that came out of the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt on September 11, 2012 was,
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
The apologies and excuses continue. During the ceremony for the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton stated,
“This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.”
Obama really believed that because of his Islamic roots and his name, you remember, the real name no one was allowed to use when he ran for office, Barrack Hussein and his Muslim background that he could undo the hate that Islam has for the West.
Now after almost 4 years of apologies and outreach we have more demonstrations, protests and violence against America and Americans in the Middle East and beyond by Muslims than I have ever seen in my lifetime.
The apologies do nothing but make the U.S. weak in the eyes of Muslims and the world, the money, our tax dollars, they have no problem taking that while burn our Embassies and our flag.
One thing that any Imam will tell you is that no one can change his [Allah’s] word. In the Quran, Surat 6.115 states,
And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and justice. No one can change His words.
Imam Al Tabari in his commentary states,
“None can change His words”, He is saying that there is no one who could change what He has informed in His books about anything which is bound to happen during it’s time or has been postponed. It all happens as Allah says it would. (Ibn Jarir al-Tabari, Jami’ al-bayan fi ta’wil al-Qur’an, Commentary on Surah 6:115, Source)
Imam Al-Qurtubi in his commentary states,
Al Ramaani narrated on the authority of Qataadah who said: There is no change in the judgment of God. Even if one were to change and substitute the words just as the people of the book did with the Torah and Gospel, God doesn’t consider this. (Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Qurtubi, Tasfir [sic] al Jami’ li-ahkam al-Qur’an, Commentary on Surah 6:115, Source)
This is one of the reasons Islam has not changed or ‘modernized’ in the last 1400 years. It cannot be changed because the Quran cannot be changed and therefore all of its hate and violence will always remain.
As the apologies for being American and for exercising our First Amendment rights continue, so too will the protests and violence and hate. No matter what Obama may think of himself along with all his ‘love’ to the Islamic nations in the world, even he cannot change the Quran.
Eric Bolling from Fox News summed it up in a nut shell when he stated on the television show ‘The 5’ on September 17, that President Barack Obama‘s administration, “answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second.”
President Obama… Stop turning the other cheek, maybe it’s time we started acting like Americans again.
Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Frontpage Mag, Family Security Matters and dozens of other sites. He can be heard every Thursday night at 8PM est. on his own radio show “American Akbar” on Blog Talk Radio. He can be reached through his website gadiadelman.com.