One had to sympathize. I mean presidents are constantly roped into doing stupid things like dancing some ridiculous step with a group of local students and eating stuff that would gag a maggot. But this was the real corker.
What is a president to do who doesn’t want to offend the families and friends of the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who took down the World Trade Center and Pentagon? Especially a president who runs U.S. foreign policy like a game of fantasy football.
Well, dang it, he instructs the heck out of us, that’s what.
“The phrase jihad has a lot of meanings within Islam and is subject to a lot of different interpretations,” Mr. Obama tells us, his rapt listeners. “I think all of us recognize that this great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence towards innocent people that is never justified. And so, I think, one of the challenges that we face is, how do we isolate those who have these distorted notions of religious war?”
Naturally, Muslim leaders all over India were thrilled with our learned leader’s astuteness.
The “few extremists” being no more than 110 million strong, I can understand the President’s concern that we not over react. For all you conspiracy goofballs out there, this is proof positive that I’m right. Obama is not a Muslim. The man doesn’t even understand the difference between the greater and the lesser jihad.
There are two, and only two, jihads, Mr. President: the greater jihad is the inner struggle to become a good Muslim. This entails shrouding women in burqas and other garb, so as to prevent them from causing you to lust, among other things. Let’s not get into that whole beating and stoning thing; suffice to say the greater jihad is the good jihad.
Then we come to the lesser jihad. Less, as in less is more. The lesser jihad is the Muslim struggle against imagined oppression. At the center of this “oppression” is the supposed persecution of Islam by world Jewry and Christianity. About a million Saudi sheiks in Roll Royces concur.
I won’t belabor this definition, only to say that the only jihad that should matter to an American president is the lesser jihad. It is aimed at destroying us.
Yet President Obama and his administration have since coming to office treated it as though a few intenerate Muslims went off the reservation in 2001. Admittedly, no U.S. president since Jefferson has understood Islam. It is a religion which at its core is bent on world domination, and no amount of PC side-stepping will change that.
But okay, let’s give Muslims the benefit of the doubt and accede to the possibility that there is such a thing as “moderate” Islam. I am dubious but I’ll will allow the possibility.
The problem is that moderate Muslims are not in control of the faith. The average Islamic cleric in the U.S. alone shudders at the very idea of speaking out against the extremists in their religion. The lesser jihad is taught widely in their mosques and schools across this country and virtually no one dares speak out against it.
And, obviously, Barack Obama will not speak out, either.
Mr. President, what is wrong with saying that the United State wants to live in peace with all nations, cultures and religions, but we will not tolerate the monstrous acts of a significant segment of the Islamic faith? What is wrong saying that “mainstream” Islamic leaders must speak out loudly against the extremists within their faith?
What is wrong, Mr. President, with acknowledging a truth that all but the most naïve among us already knows?