Osama bin Laden has gone to the great bordello in the sky that awaits every good jihadi.
Barack Obama explained that the jihadist mastermind was killed in a “targeted operation: at Abbottabad, Pakistan: “A small team of Americans carried out the operation. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
Obama also said that the killing of bin Laden was the “most significant achievement to date” in America’s war against al-Qaeda.
. Osama bin Laden was wildly popular in the Islamic world. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks Osama t-shirts, hats, and even dolls and action figures sold briskly in many Muslim countries, belying the mainstream media myth that 9/11 was the action of a tiny minority of extremists that had twisted and hijacked Islam, and were duly despised by the vast majority of Muslims. Polls all over the Islamic world always showed a healthy amount of support for bin Laden and, above all, respect for him as a pious mujahid.
But in reality, while the death of bin Laden is fine news, and is certainly a psychological blow to the jihadis and a confidence-booster for Americans, it really won’t change anything.
The role of al-Qaeda in the global jihad, and the role of Osama bin Laden in al-Qaeda, have both been wildly overstated. Al-Qaeda is not the only Islamic jihad group or Islamic supremacist group operating today, and Osama bin Laden was not some charismatic leader whose movement will collapse without him. The exaggeration of his role, in fact, was a result of the general unwillingness to face the reality that the global jihad is a movement driven by an ideology, not an outsized personality, and that that ideology is rooted in Islam.
Barack Obama epitomized that unwillingness in his address announcing the death of bin Laden. “The US is not – and never will be – at war with Islam,” Obama declared. “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims.” Osama bin Laden himself would have been surprised to be characterized (and by a leader who is probably not a Muslim himself) as “not a Muslim leader.” After all, in his 2002 letter to the American people explaining his motives and goals, he wrote: “The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.”
Bin Laden explained in this letter to Americans that “it is to this religion that we call you; the seal of all the previous religions….It is the religion of showing kindness to others, establishing justice between them, granting them their rights, and defending the oppressed and the persecuted….It is the religion of Jihad in the way of Allah so that Allah’s Word and religion reign Supreme.”
This perspective on Islam wasn’t just bin Laden’s. Millions of Muslims worldwide share it, and that won’t end with the death of Osama. The US is not – and never will be – at war with Islam, as Obama says, but significant elements of Islam are – and always will be – at war with the U.S. Nothing that happened during that firefight in Abbottabad will change that, and Obama’s continued focus on al-Qaeda as if it were a singular and eccentric group of non-Muslim Muslims that is the cause of all our troubles only perpetuates the unreality that has already led to so many disastrous policy errors.
Until Barack Obama and other Western leaders face the fact that Osama bin Laden was operating within the broad mainstream of Islamic teaching, they will be constantly puzzled by the advent of new bin Ladens, and new al-Qaedas, all over the globe. How is it that all these disparate individuals and groups misunderstand Islam in all the same way? Until U.S. officials can answer that question correctly, we will have made no headway, no matter how many al-Qaeda masterminds we corner and kill in Pakistan.
So Osama bin Laden, after years of silence punctuated by mysterious gnomic utterances delivered (how? by whom?) to the media, finally joins Generalissimo Franco in the ranks of the still dead. It is good news as far as it goes, which is not really all that far. I have hoisted a suitably haram beverage in toast of the happy news. And then it was back to work. The jihad will go on, and so will I, and so, I hope, will you.
“My fellow Americans, in my never tiring quest to advance social justice all over the world, you now know that I took upon myself the authority to use our military forces to put in place in Libya a “NO FLY ZONE”. After seeing hundreds of photos during my lifetime of little starving children in Africa with flies flying around and landing on their little tiny faces, I came to the realization after reading the WAR POWERS ACT that I could impose a NO FLY ZONE in Libya.
So my fellow Americans I took immediate action. Look here for a picture of happy children in Libya taken 3 days after the NO FLY ZONE was imposed. It’s miraculous, not one house fly is anywhere to be seen.”
Biting the bullet – cutting expenses. I HOPE YOU WILL PARTICIPATE AND DO YOUR PART.
The President ordered the cabinet to cut $100 million from the $3.5 trillion federal budget.I’m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget expenses, medicine, utilities, etc, but it’s time to get out the budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and cut back.
I’m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio, 1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2000 a month; I’m going to have to cut that number by six cents. Yes, I’m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that’s what sacrifice is all about. I’ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries.
(Did the president actually think no one would do the math?)
“Soft evil” is the underlying policy that permeates the entire Obama administration and has a corroding effect on the rest of us just like “creeping Sharia”. It assaults us in many ways and its attendant scourge is “soft power” to which Obama is addicted.
This stems from Obama’s dislike of America. He is ashamed of it and wants to turn it into something else leading him to undermine its allies and help its enemies. He imagines he stands for the expiation of America’s original sin in oppressing black people, the third world and the poor. He, and his fellow travellers, are convinced that most of the world’s problems, and certainly its conflicts, are the fault of America and the West and so he must rectify the injustices they have inflicted. That is why he believes in “soft power”- diplomacy, aid, rectifying grievances thereby legitimizing them and inadvertantly encouraging terror and promoting injustice. He loves to resolve conflict by talking, lots of talking, and by deferring to the international community, a rhetorical beguiler of one’s intelligence if ever there was one.
Obama thinks that the real source of evil in the world is America. The evil represented by Iran and the Islamic totalitarian murderers is all America’s fault. He is on record as saying that Hamas and Hezbollah have “legitimate grievances”. Really? And what might they be? Let’s guess, a) the existence of Israel, b) the existence of Israel, c) the existence of Israel, d) America’s support of Israel and e) the absence of a global caliphate. To solve the world’s problems Obama puts his faith in the United Nations, a ludicrous institution which has devolved into a corrupt club of terror and tyranny obsessed with demonizing tiny Israel for having the gall to defend itself.
Many have suggested that Obama is simply inexperienced, badly advised and naive. Only the last one is untrue for he is an Arab/Muslim inclined political Pinocchio with a radical Marxist agenda who actually prefers America’s enemies to its friends. He is more in tune with his own Muslim and African roots than he is with his American heritage, something he reveals in his miserable autobiographies and has demonstrated in his policies and in his speeches time and again since he has been in office.
Weakening America financially is an essential and deliberate part of the process in wrecking its status as a super power and destroying American Exceptionalism, two things hated by the Left, but the fight is far from over. The emergence of the Tea Party is the result of an enormous political awakening in America and we have Barack Obama, the worst president in American history, to thank for it. Since the November elections, and as he stumbles about the Oval Office, Obama has ever more reason to fear the words written so long ago by Benjamin Franklin just one of the exceptional men who gave birth to American Exceptionalism: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb debating what to have for lunch. Freedom is a well armed lamb contesting the vote”.
Feel free to check my math. I’m pretty sure I’ve got it right. Let’s start with the National Debt at $15,000,000,000,000 (Fifteen Trillion). We’ll compare that to the Democrat’s reducing this year’s deficit by $4,000,000,000 (Four Billion). If you drop the same number of zeroes in both you can comparitively reduce it down to $150,000 and $40.
Stay with me now, let’s say you owe Tony the local loanshark, $150,000. Would you dare hand him $40 and ask him to be patient and wait for the rest, maybe another $40 next month??? Crazy, right?
That’s exactly what they are doing and the Republicans who were all full of p*ss and vinegar in November last year are now acting like RINO’s, going along to get along.
I’d say Boehner and McConnell haven’t yet gotten the message. If not, there will be another tidal wave of change in 2012. Keep your galoshes handy.