Birds of a Feather

American Thinker

Is  Barack Hussein Obama a Muslim?  Even if he were, it would hardly matter.   For his policies are apparently animated by an ideology that, even though  a polar opposite of militant Islam, is little different from it in terms of  objectives and results.

One  can understand why so many people believe that Obama might be a Muslim.

After all, his first official phone call as U.S. President was to  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, signaling the new  administration’s foreign policy priorities.  His first foreign trip was to  Egypt.  His first major foreign policy initiative proclaimed in his June  2009 Cairo speech was an extended hand to the Muslim world.

And  how about his close friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a PLO propagandist and  former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat?  His rhapsodic  observation that the muezzin’s call to prayer is the “prettiest” sound in  creation?  His beyond-ludicrous assertions that America is one of the  largest Muslim countries in the world and that from the time of America’s  founding Muslims have enriched the American legacy?  His sonorous  proclamation in the Cairo speech that “Islam has demonstrated through words and  deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance”?  His frequent deeply  reverential references to the “Holy Koran” (has he ever referred to the Bible as  “Holy?”)?  His deep bow to the Saudi King?

Even  his famous gaffe that the U.S. comprises 57 states may have been a Freudian slip  suggesting that the entity he actually had on his mind was the Organization of  the Islamic Conference, which indeed has 57 member-states.  Sometimes his  seemingly infinite affinity for all things Muslim goes to ridiculous lengths, as  when he tasked NASA with a new mission of raising Muslims’ self-esteem by  pointing out their invaluable historical contribution to aerospace science (did  he by any chance mean the magic carpet from the Arabian  Nights?).

Add  to that Obama’s hostility to America’s allies in the Middle East — all those  “Westernizing” Mubaraks, Salehs, and Kaddafis — which is particularly striking  compared to his humble, almost ingratiating attitude toward Islamic radicals  like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian ayatollahs.  Why did he stay  studiously aloof during the mass protests in Iran in the summer of 2009 when a  mere gesture of moral support could have put a lot of pressure on the mullahs?   Aside from Obama’s overwhelming desire for negotiations with the Teheran  regime in a delusional belief in his own magical powers of persuasion, was it  because the protesters openly proclaimed their admiration for America?   Under Obama, it is dangerous to be a friend of America; on the other hand,  it is pretty safe to be her enemy.

But  is such overt and boundless Islamophilia evidence of Islamic affiliation?   Not necessarily.  There is a more plausible explanation: Barack Obama  is simply a far-left radical progressive,  a member in good standing of a community whose ideology is not all that  different from the Islamist worldview.  This makes the two movements  allies, as it were.  Name just about any policy area, and everywhere the  objectives of radical progressives and  militant Muslims dovetail so closely as to be virtually  indistinguishable.

At  the root of such harmony of visions lies their shared visceral hatred for  America.

Both  Islamists and far-left radicals see the U.S. as the focus of all evil.   Both believe that America must get her comeuppance.  The Islamists  call the U.S. the Great Satan, which is exactly what the radicals would call  their country were they religiously inclined.  But since they are not, they  call America a greedy, imperialist aggressor and vicious oppressor, the  paramount enemy of mankind.

Granted,  there may be some divergence in the ultimate intentions of the two implacable  enemies of America.  The radicals want to destroy America so as to rebuild  her in their own image, while the Islamists are intent on wiping her off the  face of the earth.  But that’s a distinction without a  difference.

How  are the vehemently anti-American diatribes spouted by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright,  whose fiery sermons Barack Obama had absorbed for 20 years and whom Obama calls  his “moral compass,” different from the incandescent lava of hatred for all  things American spewed forth by Wahhabi preachers during Friday prayers?   Is there much difference between the Chicago pastor’s furious scream “G-d  damn America” and the frenzied Muslim rabble’s chant “Death to  America”?

Both  Islamists and Western leftists view the third-world people as heroic martyrs and  victims of American imperialism. Fittingly, many Democrats believe that 9/11 was  an inside job.  It’s not only irrational hatred for George W. Bush that is  behind this “theory,” but also reluctance to blame the real culprits.   Doing so would clash with the progressive view that the third world is  pure as the driven snow.  Thus, the left is virtually impelled to seek a  way to exonerate the actual evildoers.  But somebody must be blamed for  that heinous act of mass terror.  Enter George W. Bush and Dick  Cheney.

Both  Islamists and radical leftists demand a redistribution of the world’s wealth  from the industrial West to the impoverished third world.  That  underdeveloped countries dream of perpetual welfare is understandable.   Lacking education, technical and  managerial skills, or work ethic, handouts from the guilt-ridden Western suckers  are their lifeline.  And seeing how these benefactors cringe with  embarrassment at their own riches, the third world has come to believe that  tribute is its rightful due.  Its attitude is like that of a panhandler:  the more the mark is obsessed with guilt at the sight of the beggar’s misery,  the more impudent the latter turns.  Pleading gives way to demands, begging  to threats.

And  the progressives want nothing more than to oblige.  They seek to assuage  their guilty consciences and experience a rush induced by the feeling of their  moral superiority.  They wallow in guilt, a source of acute pleasure  because it allows them to separate themselves from the benighted masses, replete  as these masses are with prejudices and bigotry, and preen as superior  beings.

Islamists  hate Christianity, and so do radical progressives, although the former hate a  rival religion, while the latter despise religion as such.  But  progressives pay proper deference to Islam, because they view it as part of the  culture of the oppressed (and also for fear of violent retribution, for which  the adherents of the “religion of peace” are justly notorious).  But the  upshot is the same.  The progressive left mercilessly ridicules  Christianity at home while studiously turning a blind eye to the more vigorous  forms of hatred for the Christian infidel, the burnings and killings, rife in  Muslim countries.

Another  point of agreement between the far left and radical Islam is their shared  anti-Semitism and implacable hostility toward Israel.  Is it a coincidence  that Obama has demanded that Israel return to its 1967 borders, which would  place her in a totally untenable position and which is exactly what the  Palestinians want?  Again, there is a slight divergence of ultimate goals  between the two: the Islamists dream of destroying the Small Satan and  exterminating all Jews, while the American radicals would be content to see  Israel wiped off the map and its inhabitants (what’s left of them, anyway)  merely dispersed to all four corners of the world.  But for practical  purposes the Islamists and the radicals are allies, forming two prongs of a  pincers squeezing Israel.

Actually,  some Muslims are more ambiguous in their attitude toward the Jewish state.   For all their bloodcurdling proclamations, the Arab rulers understand full  well the utility of Israel as a safety valve for the frustration and anger of  their restive populations.  At heart, they are actually not so keen on  Israel’s destruction.  As for the far left, it is uncompromising in its  disdain for the only democracy and America’s sole reliable ally in the Middle  East.  Which foreign leader is the one Obama hates and despises more than  anybody else?  Chávez?  Assad?  Ahmadinejad?  No, it’s  Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu.  Enough said.

The  American left and the Middle East potentates also see eye to eye on the issue of  America’s dependence on imported oil.  Obama’s staunch refusal to develop  America’s abundant energy resources and the roadblocks he has been throwing in  the path of the domestic oil industry are in perfect harmony with the policy  objectives of the oil sheiks of Arabia, even though the two allies may be  animated by different motives.  The Arabs wish to keep America hooked  forever on their oil by preventing the U.S. from developing her vast hydrocarbon  resources.  As for the home-grown radicals, they seek to impose their  “green” agenda on their country, however impractical it may be.  Different  motivations but a happy marriage of tactics and policies, cementing America’s  dependence on Middle East oil.

Now  imagine that an Islamist mole has been planted in the White House.  Would  he behave any differently from Obama?  Maybe he would be more cautious for  fear of being found out, but ultimately he would pursue exactly the same kind of  policies.  So is Obama a Muslim?  Maybe he is, and maybe he isn’t.   But when all is said and done, it doesn’t make a dime’s worth of  difference.

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3 thoughts on “Birds of a Feather

  1. Lest we forget that if it’s a Christian based holiday- Christmas, Easter, etc, it doesn’t get recognized . BUT, if it’s a Muslim day- Call out to the mountain! Get anyone and everyone. What a blasted joke- him and his actions.

  2. Lookie here now friend. Just after yall elected this moran he held an interview and admitted he was a Muslim! He has since then admitted in a Statement as to have been raised a Muslim and Loving Islam!
    Now why in hell does anyone buy the latest that he proclaims to be a Christian. He was told to do this bye his campaign people to keep from losing other voter groups totally! Thats my feeling and I am stuck with it and I know he is a liar I do not care who you are!

    • I have always thought he was Muslim. When he talks about the Koran, he refers to it as the Holy Koran but he does not refer to the Bible as the Holy Bible.

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