"Them belly full but we hungry
A hungry mob is a angry mob' ~Bob Marley~
These protests and riots in the Middle East aren't about a film. Those people you see foaming at the mouth in the streets were looking for a reason to protest and riot against the ?great Satan?. It doesn?t matter if Barack Hussein Obama was the president or their own brother; their hatred for the West runs deep.
Here in America Obama?s political opponents (who might be the only people on earth who hate him more than those mobs in the Middle East) are pointing fingers and blaming him for an Arab world filled with rage and hatred. ?Leading from behind?, not enough "resolve and clarity of purpose.? Those are all nice republican talking points -which were first trotted out by Reagan in the eighties- but words mean nothing. They are just words. Talking points to win an election. The truth is that the hungry and angry mobs we see in the streets of these countries would be doing the same thing regardless of who occupied the White House. And, I hate to break it to Mitt, but short of bombing them off of the face of the earth there is nothing that will be able to do if he is elected president. In fact, with his phony bravado and tough talk he might just make it worse.
Anyway it was republicans who declared that Obama wasn?t doing enough to let freedom ring in the Middle East. It was republicans who said that Obama should be doing more to arm the rebels in Egypt and Libya. And it was republicans who declared that the "Arab Spring" was taking place in spite of president Obama, not because of him. Well, how do you like that? Arab spring? now? All it took was one crack pot to think that he was Oliver Stone and all hell broke loose. (No pun intended) The irony is, of course, that one of the reasons that the Arab world is so mad at Obama is because he has been so tough on terrorist. It?s as if he had to show Americans that just because he had a Muslim sounding name and complexion he wasn?t going to ease up on those Arabs. He has been droning them down from day one. One by one he has been taking out terrorist leaders, and he nabbed the big fish when his predecessor couldn't do it. He won't get credit from the right, and some on the left don't like how he has been doing it, but he has been able to keep the homeland safe, and the folks in the Middle East have been, for the most part, quiet. That has changed.
Angry Arabs are burning embassies and KFC restaurants. It will be interesting to see the end result of this uprising. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and the region won't go to hell in a hand basket. Hey maybe the protesters are just hungry.
Finally, right wing Christians held their "Values Voter Summit" in Washington this week. And sharing the stage with the republican Vice Presidential candidate was a gentleman by the name of Kamal Saleem. Mr. Saleem's presence was like a gift from God for the faithful. The timing, given all that is going on in the Middle East, couldn't have been better. But wait....
"In a surreal performance, Kamal Saleem took the stage at the conservative Value Voters Summit Friday in Washington and described a life working as a jihadist for a who?s who of Muslim dictators on a mission to destroy America, Israel, and anyone else he disagreed with.
The crowd, virtually entirely right wing and Christian, went wild with applause.
Saleem has been a regular in evangelical circles for the last several years telling his story about how he was a violent terrorist who renounced his wicked ways for Christ.
?How do you change a terrorist? Introduce him to Jesus!? he said in a theatrical Friday speech delivered with a thick, unplaceable accent.
And what a terrorist he was. Saleem said that as a child he ?dreamed about killing Jews and Christians? after being told by his mother in Lebanon that it was his sacred duty. From there, he claims, he went on to recruit new talent for the Muslim Brotherhood, study how to properly immigrate to Western countries and infiltrate them with jihadist propaganda, smuggle explosives for PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and run a Libyan terrorist training camp for Muammar Gaddafi ? all before reaching adulthood.
?I started working for whoever paid the best to advance Islamism.? he said, pacing back and forth onstage. ?Saddam Hussein pays better money than anybody else. He was very generous.?
If Saleem?s story sounds unbelievable it?s because there?s little sign any of it ever happened. News investigations into his past haven?t turned up any corroborating evidence of his terrorist resume, but they?ve found plenty of former colleagues and acquaintances who doubt the veracity of Saleem?s autobiographical details.
For one, Mother Jones reports Saleem, real name Khodor Shami, spent over a decade before his ?ex-terrorist? act as a staffer at Pat Robertson?s Christian Broadcasting Network and James Dobson?s Focus on the Family. And despite Saleem?s claims that the FBI relies on him for insight into jihadist thinking, they claim they?ve never heard of him. A 2008 expose by CNN?s Anderson Cooper found similar holes in his story, which paralleled other equally dubious figures making their living off the ?ex-terrorist? talk circuit. " [Source]
Whoops. Oh well, even a fake former terrorist will do the job for these Christian soldiers.
In their fight for America's soul they need all the encouragement that they can get.
Of course, the current terrorist in the White House is who these Christian soldiers really want to go.
"If there was one dominant theme at this year?s Values Voter Summit, the right-wing confab organized by the Family Research Council, it was that President Obama is endangering the United States by coddling radical Islamists. ?[W]hat we?re watching develop before our eyes today are the direct consequences of this administration?s policy of apology and appeasement across the globe,? Michele Bachmann said of the attacks on American embassies and consulates in the Middle East.
Last year, you might remember, some American counterterrorism trainers were found to be using material so virulently anti-Muslim that senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins wrote an outraged letter to the Department of Homeland Security. Bachmann described the resulting changes in counterterrorism curricula this way: ?That?s enforced Islamic speech codes here in the United States, and all done with the help of our president and secretary of state.? [Source]
Where are those drones when you really need them?
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