Obama muddles ahead

Obama muddles ahead

Jeannie DeAngelis

 

Amidst anarchy in Egypt and rumors that Hosni
Mubarak
plans to step down so that Mohamed
ElBaradei
, supposed “point man” for the
“outlawed” Muslim Brotherhood, can seize control of the reformed Egyptian
government, in an effort to reassure
a tense
world President Barack Obama finally took to the stage with an
update on the crisis in Egypt.

Somber and in control, Barack assured the people that in between basketball games
and cocktail parties for political advisors, his “administration has been in
close contact with our Egyptian counterparts and a broad range of the Egyptian
people, as well as others across the region and across the globe.” Then Obama, a
man who seems to lack
core values
, gave his word that when it comes to Egypt, “a set of core
principles” leads the way.
The President espoused opposition to violence, commended the Egyptian
military for “professionalism and patriotism,” and thanked them for “allowing
peaceful protests while protecting the Egyptian people.” Ever the promoter of
“change,” Barack Obama urged “the military to continue its efforts to help
ensure that this time of change is peaceful.”
Maintaining a serious tone, Obama never mentioned the Tea Party, Fairness
Doctrine or Internet “kill switch,” but claimed to “stand for universal values,”
such as “freedom of assembly…speech and…access to information.”
Midway through the address, the always predictable Obama accidentally slid
into campaign mode and spoke out on “behalf of the need for change.”   Regaining
composure Obama shared that President Mubarak recognized that “the status quo is
not sustainable and that a change must take place,” which coincidentally are the
same words Obama uses whenever referencing health
care
reform, the war in Afghanistan,
or when out promoting new/justifying old  failed
policies
.
The President said, “Indeed, all of us who are privileged to serve in
positions of political power do so at the will of our people…The voices of the
Egyptian people tell us that this is one of those moments; this is one of those
times.” Amazingly, Obama hears the Egyptian people 6,000 miles away, yet seems
hearing-impaired when it comes to listening to the voice of the American people
about ObamaCare.
Nevertheless, the President shared that he told Mubarak, “Now, it is not
the role of any other country to determine Egypt’s leaders. Only the Egyptian
people can do that.” Still, it did seem as if Obama offered Mubarak a polite
suggestion, nudging the toppled president toward “an orderly transition [that]
must be meaningful, … peaceful, and …must begin now” – emphasis on the “must
begin now.”
Speaking on behalf of old
friends
, Obama allegedly expressed a willingness to
support
the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in a reformed Egyptian government.
However, in this statement, Obama referenced “free and fair” elections and
suggested Mubarak’s three decades-old dictatorship be replaced with a system
influenced by an ideology that supports a Islamic theocracy rooted in Sharia
law, or what the President loosely defines as a “broad spectrum of Egyptian
voices and opposition parties.”
Even though it appears “aspirations of the Egyptian people” may have been
manipulated by an Islamist organization with “stated goals … to
instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the ‘sole reference point for … the Muslim
family, individual, community … and state,’” as well as the annihilation
of Israel
, Obama did not hesitate to propose Egypt’s new government be
“grounded in democratic principles.”
Despite the fact that an overconfident Muslim
Brotherhood
told “Egyptians [to] prepare for war with Israel,” President
Obama vowed that throughout Egypt’s transition process, “the United States will
continue to extend the hand of partnership and friendship to Egypt.”
The President, who ignores the voice of the
American people and who burdened generations of children with insurmountable
debt, spoke with respect for the younger generation who took to the streets of
Cairo, which is quite contrary to Obama’s opinion of
peaceful protestors in America. Obama said:  “We hear your voices…[and] have
an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny and seize the
promise of a better future for your children and your grandchildren.”
So a short recap of Obama’s most recent comments on the crisis in Egypt
include: Mention of . America did find out that the President does support free
speech, but just for Egyptian protestors, and an Internet “kill switch,” but
only if his hand is on it.
While speaking about Egypt, America was reminded that the President saying
“the status quo is unsustainable” is an all-purpose justification for whatever
Obama wants to defend or support. Thankfully, the nation also learned that our
esteemed leader isn’t profoundly deaf, only conveniently hearing-impaired when
within earshot of certain voices, and that “passion and dignity” are respectable
traits in protestors, but only if no one is waving tea bags around.
Above all, it’s likely that America was relieved to find out that Barack
Hussein Obama is open to Sharia law having input into Egyptian governance, as
long as radicals pinky-swear to reject terrorism and accept democratic goals.
Summing up his short public statement on the crisis, Obama ended by sharing
his opinion that “truth” is defined as a “sense of community.”  Yet, the
President retreated from the podium without mentioning the single most glaring
truth of all — ousting Mubarak’s regime and allowing the participation of an 80
year-old religious brotherhood, regardless of how minimal the influence, or
smooth the transition, will eventually make 30 years of repressive government
seem like Egyptian paradise lost.
Author’s content: www.jeannie-ology.com

 

‘Al-Qaida on brink of using nuclear bomb’

By Heidi Blake and Christopher Hope, The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2011

Al-Qaida members participate in military training in Afghanistan in this file photo.

Photograph by: Agence France-Presse Files, National Post, With Files From News Services

Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build “dirty” bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents.
A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a “nuclear 9/11″.
Security briefings suggest that jihadi groups are also close to producing “workable and efficient” biological and chemical weapons that could kill thousands if unleashed in attacks on the West.
Thousands of classified American cables obtained by the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph detail the international struggle to stop the spread of weapons-grade nuclear, chemical and biological material around the globe.
At a Nato meeting in January 2009, security chiefs briefed member states that al-Qaida was plotting a program of “dirty radioactive IEDs”, makeshift nuclear roadside bombs that could be used against British troops in Afghanistan.
As well as causing a large explosion, a “dirty bomb” attack would contaminate the area for many years.
The briefings also state that al-Qaida documents found in Afghanistan in 2007 revealed that “greater advances” had been made in bioterrorism than was previously realized. An Indian national security adviser told American security personnel in June 2008 that terrorists had made a “manifest attempt to get fissile material” and “have the technical competence to manufacture an explosive device beyond a mere dirty bomb”.
Alerts about the smuggling of nuclear material, sent to Washington from foreign U.S. embassies, document how criminal and terrorist gangs were trafficking large amounts of highly radioactive material across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The alerts explain how customs guards at remote border crossings used radiation alarms to identify and seize cargoes of uranium and plutonium.
Freight trains were found to be carrying weapons-grade nuclear material across the Kazakhstan-Russia border, highly enriched uranium was transported across Uganda by bus, and a “small time hustler” in Lisbon offered to sell radioactive plates stolen from Chernobyl.
In one incident in September 2009, two employees at the Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia smuggled almost half a ton of uranium concentrate powder – yellowcake – out of the compound in plastic bags.
“Acute safety and security concerns” were even raised in 2008 about the uranium and plutonium laboratory of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear safety watchdog.
Tomihiro Taniguchi, the deputy director general of the IAEA, has privately warned America that the world faces the threat of a “nuclear 9/11″ if stores of uranium and plutonium were not secured against terrorists.
But diplomats visiting the IAEA’s Austrian headquarters in April 2008 said that there was “no way to provide perimeter security” to its own laboratory because it has windows that leave it vulnerable to break-ins.
Senior British defence officials have raised “deep concerns” that a rogue scientist in the Pakistani nuclear program “could gradually smuggle enough material out to make a weapon”, according to a document detailing official talks in London in February 2009.
Agricultural stores of deadly biological pathogens in Pakistan are also vulnerable to “extremists” who could use supplies of anthrax, foot and mouth disease and avian flu to develop lethal biological weapons.
Anthrax and other biological agents including smallpox, and avian flu could be sprayed from a shop-bought aerosol can in a crowded area, leaked security briefings warn.
The security of the world’s only two declared smallpox stores in Atlanta, America, and Novosibirsk, Russia, has repeatedly been called into doubt by “a growing chorus of voices” at meetings of the World Health Assembly documented in the leaked cables.
The alarming disclosures come after Barack Obama, the U.S. president, last year declared nuclear terrorism “the single biggest threat” to international security with the potential to cause “extraordinary loss of life”.

Obama’s Brotherhood Moment

Obama’s Brotherhood Moment

 

Posted By
Robert Spencer On February 2, 2011 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,
FrontPage

 

Game over: Barack Obama has endorsed a role for the Muslim Brotherhood in
a new, post-Mubarak government for Egypt.

 

This
should come as no surprise. Obama has behaved consistently all along, from his
refusal to back the protesters in Iran, who were demonstrating against an
Islamic Republic, to his backing of these protesters in Egypt, to whom he has
just given a green light to establish a government that, given numerous
historical precedents, will likely be the precursor to an Islamic
Republic.

 

White
House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that a
post-Mubarak Egyptian ruling group “has to include a whole host of important
nonsecular actors that give Egypt a strong chance to continue to be [a] stable
and reliable partner.”

 

Robert Malley, an Obama adviser and Mideast negotiator for
Bill Clinton, explained that Obama’s expression of
willingness to see the Brotherhood as part of a ruling coalition
in Egypt
was a “pretty clear sign that the U.S. isn’t going to advocate a narrow form of
pluralism, but a broad one.”

 

In
The Post-American Presidency, Pamela
Geller and I profile Robert Malley, Samantha Power, and
other fierce foes of Israel in the Obama Administration.
In light of the
information we reveal in the book, the Administration’s stance toward the Muslim
Brotherhood comes as no surprise. But the ideology and goals of the Muslim
Brotherhood will come as a surprise to most Americans, especially now that the
mainstream media is retailing numerous soothing falsehoods about the group. Thus
they warrant a closer look.

 

Contrary
to claims that it is a moderate organization, the Muslim
Brotherhood is actually the prototypical Islamic supremacist, pro-Sharia group
of the modern age.
Founded by Hasan
al-Banna
in Egypt in 1928, the Brotherhood emerged as a response
to colonialism and Western influence in the Islamic world. Al-Banna wrote that
“a wave of dissolution which undermined all firm beliefs was engulfing Egypt in
the name of intellectual emancipation. This trend attacked the morals, deeds and
virtues under the pretext of personal freedom. Nothing could stand against this
powerful and tyrannical stream of disbelief and permissiveness that was sweeping
our country.” His remedy? Restoration of Islamic law as the ruling principle of
governance.

 

Al-Banna
consequently decried Kemal Ataturk’s abolition of the Caliphate in secular
Turkey, which he complained separated “the state from religion in a country
which was until recently the site of the Commander of the Faithful.” Al-Banna
characterized it as just part of a larger “Western invasion which was armed and
equipped with all [the] destructive influences of money, wealth, prestige,
ostentation, power and means of propaganda.”
[1]

 

Al-Banna’s Brotherhood had a deeply spiritual character from its
beginning, but it didn’t combat the “Western invasion” with just words and
prayers. In a 1928 article al-Banna decried the complacency of the Egyptian
elite: “What catastrophe has befallen the souls of the reformers and the spirit
of the leaders?…What calamity has made them prefer this life to the thereafter
[sic]? What has made them…consider the way of struggle [sabil
al-jihad]
too rough and difficult?”
[2] When the
Brotherhood was criticized for being a political group in the guise of a
religious one, al-Banna met the challenge head-on:

 

We summon you to Islam, the teachings of Islam, the laws of
Islam and the guidance of Islam,
and if this smacks of “politics” in
your eyes, then it is our policy. And if the one summoning you to these
principles is a “politician,” then we are the most respectable of men, God be
praised, in politics . . . Islam does have a policy embracing the happiness of
this world. . . . We believe that Islam is an
all-embracing concept which regulates every aspect of life,

adjudicating on every one of its concerns and prescribing for it a solid and
rigorous order.
[3]

 

Al-Banna
wrote in 1934 that “it is a duty incumbent on every Muslim to struggle towards
the aim of making every people Muslim and the whole
world Islamic
, so that the banner of Islam can flutter over the
earth and the call of the Muezzin can resound in all the corners of the world:
God is greatest [Allahu
akbar
]! This is not parochialism, nor is it racial
arrogance or usurpation of land.”
[4]

 

In the
same article al-Banna insisted that “every piece of land where the banner of
Islam has been hoisted is the fatherland of the Muslims” — hence the
impossibility of accommodation with Israel, against which the Brotherhood and
its offshoots still struggle. But the problem was not just
Israel, which after all did not yet exist when the Brotherhood was
founded
. According to Brynjar Lia, the historian of the Muslim
Brotherhood movement: “Quoting the Qur’anic verse
‘And fight them till sedition is no more, and the faith is God’s’ [Sura
2:193
], the Muslim Brothers urged their fellow Muslims to
restore the bygone greatness of Islam and to re-establish an Islamic empire.
Sometimes they even called for the restoration of ‘former Islamic colonies’ in
Andalus (Spain), southern Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and the Mediterranean
islands.”
[5]

 

Such a
call might seem laughable except that the Brotherhood also had weapons and a
military wing. Scholar Martin Kramer notes that the Brotherhood had “a double
identity. On one level, they operated openly, as a membership organization of
social and political awakening. Banna preached moral revival, and the Muslim
Brethren engaged in good works. On another level, however, the Muslim Brethren
created a ‘secret apparatus’ that acquired weapons and trained adepts in their
use. Some of its guns were deployed against the Zionists in Palestine in 1948,
but the Muslim Brethren also resorted to violence in Egypt.
They began to enforce their own moral teachings by intimidation, and they
initiated attacks against Egypt’s Jews. They assassinated judges and struck down a prime minister in
1949. Banna himself was assassinated two months later, probably in
revenge.”
[6]

 

The
Brotherhood was no gathering of marginalized kooks. It grew in Egypt from 150
branches in 1936 to as many as 1,500 by 1944. In 1939 al-Banna referred to
“100,000 pious youths from the Muslim Brothers from all parts of Egypt,” and
although Lia believes he was exaggerating at that point, by 1944 membership was
estimated as between 100,000 and 500,000.
[7] By 1937 it had
expanded beyond Egypt, setting up “several branches in Sudan, Saudi Arabia,
Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Morocco, and one in each of Bahrain, Hadramawt,
Hyderabad, Djibouti and,” Lia adds matter-of-factly, “Paris.”
[8] These many
thousands, dispersed around the world, heard al-Banna’s call
to “prepare for jihad and be lovers of death.”
[9]

 

The
Brotherhood’s ability to attract Muslims in all these disparate societies
indicates the power of its religious appeal. It
wasn’t offering Muslims a new version of Islam, but a deeply traditional one.
The call to restore the purity and vitality of Islam has always
struck a chord among Muslims; and the Islam the Brotherhood preached was the
traditional one of a total Islamic society, one that could not abide
accommodation—let colonial subjugation—to the West. Al-Banna
told his followers: “Islam is faith and worship, a country and a citizenship, a
religion and a state.
It is spirituality and hard work. It is a Qur’an
and a sword.”
[10]

 

Al-Banna
is a revered figure in the Muslim world today, and by no means only among
radicals. His grandson Tariq Ramadan, the well-known European Muslim moderate,
praises his grandfather for his “light-giving faith, a deep spirituality, [and]
personal discipline.”
[11]
And many of al-Banna’s writings are still in print
and circulate widely.

 

The Brotherhood has never rejected or renounced al-Banna’s
vision or program
. And now it is closer to implementing it in
its homeland than it ever has been before – no little thanks to Barack
Obama.

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