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First we get a timely, truthful review from Caroline Glick.
The operational, intelligence and political fiascos that led to and followed the September 11 jihadist assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, all derive from the same problem. That problem is the failure of US President Barack Obama's conceptual framework for understanding the Middle East.
The Islamic revolutionary wave sweeping across the Arab world has rent asunder the foundations of the US alliance system in the Middle East. But due to Obama's ideological commitment to an anti-American conceptual framework for understanding Middle Eastern politics, his administration cannot see what is happening.
That framework places the blame for all or most of the pathologies of the Muslim world on the US and Israel.
What Obama and his advisers can see is that there are many people who disagree with them. And so they adopted a policy of delegitimizing, discrediting and silencing their opponents. To this end, his administration has purged the US federal government's lexicon of all terms that are necessary to describe reality.
"Jihad," "Islamist," "radical Islam," "Islamic terrorism" and similar phrases have all been banned. The study of Islamist doctrine by government officials has been outlawed.
The administration's refusal to accept the plain fact that the Islamic regimes and forces now rising throughout the Muslim world threaten US interests is not its only conceptual failure.
Another failure, also deriving from Obama's embrace of the anti-American and anti-Israel foreign policy narrative, is also wreaking havoc on the region. And like the conceptual failure that led to the murderous attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, this conceptual failure will also come back to haunt America.
The Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir’s annual Scandinavian conference on October 14 was a resounding success this year. In front of thousands of enthusiastic onlookers in Denmark and Sweden, a clear message was conveyed:
"Our goal is for the caliphate to cover the Muslim world, including Spain,” said "sheikh” Isam Umayrah.
The main venue is Bella Center in Copenhagen, but the conference also has live satellite links to four other venues in Denmark and one in Stockholm. Proceedings are also broadcast live on the Internet.
Ismail al-Wahwah, as well as the other speakers and representatives of the party, is very open about what they want to achieve.
"The United States of America is our enemy, but we agree on one thing.They say we want a new world order, and they’re right. It’s time for a new leadership, and we will make sure it is Islam,” says al-Wahwah.
Secular governments cannot safeguard the interests of Muslims, he claims. And the same goes for so-called "moderate Muslims”. Leaders such as Egypt’s Muhammad Mursi and Turkey’s Abdullah Gül are taken to the cleaners – they are still ”slaves under capitalism”.
"The people who want to find a happy medium are unbelievers and we have prepared a special punishment for them,” says keynote speaker "sheikh” Isam Umayrah.
He assures us nothing will be done in secret. The caliphate has to be located someplace that is easy to defend – Egypt, Turkey, Syria or Pakistan would be excellent starting points."After that, we will try to annex the neighboring countries as soon as possible. First by means of friendly talks, then on to step two, three, fyra and so on. No Muslim state except the Caliphate will be acknowledged,” Umayrah explains.
What was true of the Muslim Brotherhood then is true of the Muslim Brotherhood now.
”The British and the Jews will understand only one language, the language of revolution, force and blood”.
“If the Jewish state becomes a fact, and this is realized by the Arab peoples, they will drive the Jews who live in their midst into the sea.”
Sheikh Hassan al-Banna
The Muslim Brotherhood transformed Nazi anti-Semitism into a Muslim version, providing Arab translations of Mein Kampf (translated into Arabic as “My Jihad”) and other Nazi anti-Semitic works, including Der Sturmer hate-cartoons, adapted to portray the Jew as the demonic enemy of Allah rather than the German Volk.
The Brotherhood organized mass demonstrations in Egyptian cities under the slogans “Down With the Jews!” and “Jews Get Out of Egypt and Palestine!” Leaflets called for a boycott of Jewish goods and Jewish shops, and the Brotherhood’s newspaper, al-Nadhir, carried a regular column on “The Danger of the Jews of Egypt,” which published the names and addresses of Jewish businessmen and allegedly Jewish newspaper publishers all over the world, attributing every evil, from communism to brothels, to the “Jewish danger.”
And absolutely nothing has changed in the present day.
“There is no dialogue between us and the Jews except by the sword and the rifle.”
“Oh Allah, take your enemies, the enemies of Islam. Oh Allah, take the Jews, the treacherous aggressors. Oh Allah, take this profligate, cunning, arrogant band of people… Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.”
“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption…The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them…Allah Willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers [Muslims].”
Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi
White House visitor records show that administration officials have hosted numerous White House meetings with a series of U.S.-based Muslim political groups that have close ties to jihadi groups and push to reduce anti-terrorism investigations.
The visits were discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which compared the Obama White House’s visitor records with its database of Islamist advocacy groups.
For example, the records show that officials from the Council on American Islamic Relations have visited the White House 20 times, according to the organization’s report.
Administration officials also invited Syrian-born Louay Safi to the White House twice in 2011, even though he had been named an unindicted co-conspirator in two terrorism cases, and had been barred from Fort Hood following the 2009 jihadi attack by a Muslim U.S. Army major
The absence of invitations to real Muslim moderates allows White House officials to pretend that members of the well-funded, U.S.-based radical group are moderates, even when they’re linked to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood
Obama naively saw in the Arab Spring the birth pangs of liberal democracy in the Middle East. Do not worry, he assured us, if former Muslim terrorists, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, win elections they will behave responsibly, and we can always use our money to keep them in line. Let’s not worry that the new Egypt might revoke the Egypt-Israel peace treaty or join rogue-state Iran as an ally.
While Obama preached religious tolerance towards Islam, he has not spoken against Muslim persecutions of other faiths, such as Coptic Christians who are being expelled and threatened with death sentences. His first reaction to the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya by an organized extremist group: It must be our fault.
Although Obama asserts that drone attacks and the killing of Osama have “al Qaeda on the run,” the events of 9/11 2012 show that al Qaeda can mount sophisticated military operations in Libya, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen against U.S. interests. The Middle East is engulfed in paroxysms of anti-American demonstrations, much of which is a genuine outpouring of hatred of the U.S.
It seems the Muslim street did not get the message that Obama loves them and understands them. Too bad, but at least he has that “shadowy” Coptic Christian film maker in jail for exercising his freedom of speech.
It is becoming clearer by the day that the U.S. is facing a strategic catastrophe in the Middle East thanks to the Obama administration’s mishandling of the conflict in Syria, which eclipses the geopolitical implications of Libya. Should Bashar Assad prevail, he will be infinitely indebted to Iran and Hezbollah, and the “Shiite Crescent” will remain unbroken. Islamists have become the dominant rebel force due to the Obama administration’s decision to let “allies” like Qatar and Turkey take the lead. Non-Islamist rebels are losing faith in America, two million Syrian Christians are in peril and the conflict is spreading into Lebanon and Turkey. The disaster of today is likely a foreshadowing of the greater disaster of tomorrow.