Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 1, 2015
President Obama and others on the extreme Left either refused to recognize or refuse to define the most challenge America faces, which is from radical Islam. Examples include the terrorist attack that resulted in the killing of American soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas being called “workplace violence”. Also, when a terrorist attack occurs in the name of Islam, Obama refuses to even use an explanatory phrase such as “radical Islam” or “Islamic extremists”, instead using a more generic term such as “violent extremists”. This head-in-the-sand approach is outrageous on its face and is hard to justify using any form of reasonable logic. However, the fact that radical Islam continues to grow during the presidency of Barack Obama shows it to be counterproductive.
Independents and Republicans are not the only Americans concerned with the dangers posed to the Country from Radical Islam. There is a growing number of Democrats and liberals voicing concern, as exemplified in the video below with ultra-liberal Bill Maher and Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii during which Maher concludes rhetorically: “I don’t know why we can’t call out this stuff for what it is”.
It takes a special kind of politician to get staunch Republicans and Bill Maher to agree on anything substantive. Barack Obama is a special type of president.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 2, 2015
On September 29 President Obama participated in a Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism at the United Nations that was attended by various world leaders. Like most UN conferences little productive came of the meeting. During the conference there was an exchange between President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron as follows:
Barack Obama – “Violent extremism is not unique to any one faith, so no one should ever be profiled or targeted simply because of their faith”.
David Cameron – “Barack, you are quite right, that every religion has its extremists, but we have to be frank that the biggest problem we have today is the Islamist extremist violence that has given birth to ISIL, to Al Shabaab to Al Nusra, Al Qaeda and so many other groups”.
The exchange is informative at various levels. First, it demonstrates a more realistic understanding of contemporary world affairs by the British leader. It also once again emphasizes the Obama’s inability to comprehend the big picture and focus on solutions. Irrespective of the obvious reality that radicals can exist in any religion, it is undeniable that today’s world order and greater civilization is at risk only because of one; Radical Islam. As to why the President has an inability to either express or understand this reality is difficult to comprehend.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 17, 2015
Yesterday came the sad story of four innocent Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee being killed by a radical Islamist who happened to also be a resident of the United States. Those who understand that the West is at war with radical Islam are saddened, but not surprised by the attack.
The Wes’s contemporary war with radical Islam has its roots in the 1980s with growing strength of the anti-Soviet movement in Afghanistan that was ultimately controlled by radical Islamists. Then, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a power vacuum was created in parts of the world that had large Muslim populations. In some of these areas radical Islamists fill the vacuum.
After 9/11, George W. Bush responded by first invading Afghanistan and later Iraq. The invasion of Afghanistan was an appropriate in response to the Taliban’s harboring of the terrorist leadership responsible for the 9/11 attacks. It was, however, a mistake to not have withdrawn from Afghanistan after successfully routing the terrorists. The invasion of Iraq was a flawed strategy that took down a tyrant who at least controlled the forces of radical Islam and was also an offset to Iranian power.
Since becoming President, Barack Obama has taken a different, but also flawed strategy. Where radical Islam has become a conventional military force, ISIS, Obama refuses to take the necessary steps defeat this army. In Libya, Obama helped bring down the dictator Qaddafi (the George W. Bush approach) without considering the likely consequences of radical Islamists filling the vacuum.
As for the nonconventional military threats from terrorists, the President’s policies have attempted to play whack-em, using standoff drones to kill terrorist leaders. However, this approach does not take out the foot soldiers that are then able to carry out their own retribution. This approach also does not stop terrorists from using social media to radicalize citizens or residents of Western countries, such as exemplified in the current Tennessee killings.
There are a couple of ironies raised by the Tennessee tragedy. First, the dead Marines, experts and the use of guns, were barred from carrying them in what is a gun free recruiting station. While this lame policy was initiated under George H. Bush, Obama could have used his executive authority to remove the policy given the known terrorist threats to military bases.
Even more serious to successfully combating a war that we have not chosen, President Obama refuses to name the enemy in this generational war that is being waged on the West by Radical Islam. The video clip below exemplifies the naivety of the Obama approach. It also helps explain why the forces of radical Islam have strengthened under President Obama.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 17, 2015
Liberals often use victimhood as a centerpiece for their philosophies and policies. Whether it be based on one’s sex, skin color or sexual orientation, Liberals find victims. There are exceptions to Liberals focus on victims if it relates to political correctness with the contemporary main benefactor of that anomaly being Radical Islam.
On Friday unabashed Liberal, Bill Maher, took Liberals to task for giving Radical Islam a pass during an interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former follower of Islam who has become a champion of women’s rights. When asked by Maher about the Left’s very on liberal approach to Radical Islam, Ali said: “I say to them that the cancer of Islamic extremism is an assault on liberalism, on liberal ideas.
The video below should be shown on every college campus. However, that would open up the colleges to intellectual debate, which is no longer tolerated by the Left.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 19, 2015
It has been remarkable the slickness of the Teflon coat that has covered President Obama since his first election, especially given the many significant issues and scandals to occur during this tenure. This includes IRS-gate, the Fast and Furious scandal, the debacle that was the Obamacare rollout and his broken promises concerning the plan, the Benghazi killing of the American ambassador, the Solyndra scandal, just to name a few. However, it seems the Teflon is wearing thin and the tarnish is being caused by the increased terrorism worldwide and Obama’s refusal to acknowledge it source.
It was a mere 14 months ago that the President called ISIS a “JV” squad. Now they control a significant portion of Iraq and Syria and are spreading their violence into North Africa and Afghanistan. Terrorist, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic attacks are occurring on nearly a weekly basis in Europe and other countries. Still, the President refuses to acknowledge the source of the evil. Obama is loathe to even acknowledge that the attacks are religious-based, even when the terrorists themselves proclaim that to be the case.
The front page of the New York Post has come out with a blistering attack on the President’s seemingly irrational policies on terrorism with the quote “Islamic terror? I just don’t see it”, as posted below.
It has been quite some time since a President of United States has been held in such low esteem. No American should gloat at this sad reality.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2015
Earlier today we posted a clear and concise strategy for defeating the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, proffered by Dr. Ben Carson, GOP presidential candidate. Posted below is a video clip from State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf. Her comments are an embarrassment embarrassing to the country she represents.
Harf says: “We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs…”
To that MSNBC commentator and fellow liberal Chris Matthews appropriately retorts: “We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or fifty lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?”
Instead of realizing how preposterous her initial statement was, Harf double downs responding: “What makes these seventeen-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of starting a business? Maybe we can try to chip away at this problem”. Yikes!
Ms. Harf seems to have shortsighted understanding of history. It begs the question as to why other poor cultures have not become so violent. It ignores the fact that Osama bin Laden was a billionaire’s heir and most of the 9/11 hijackers came from wealthy Saudi Arabia. The passion these terrorists fight for his far deeper than that involved with seeking wealth. If only it was that simple Ms. Harf.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2015
The spread of Islamic extremism and the disintegration of Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa are spiraling out of control. While President Obama’s policies are note fully responsible, it is undeniable that the problems have become progressively worse under of his Administration. Some of his policies have exasperated the problem include:
- The decision to withdraw all American forces from Iraq, including intelligence and training personnel. That decision allowed Al Qaeda to make a comeback in Iraq now under the banner of ISIS.
- Obama dithered when it came to the Syrian protests/revolution. That allowed the radicals to gain control of the events in Syria.
- The President made a decision to help take down the Libyan dictator Gadhafi. While possibly an appropriate decision, just like in Iraq, Obama left the vacuum that has since been filled by radical Islamists.
Obama has taken the naïve position that America and its previous projection of power created many of the world’s ills. The President’s retrenchment in the past six years and the significant increase in the radical Islamist’s power projection prove this policy wrong. The President also believes that by not calling the battle a “war on terror” or the enemy radical Islamists that there is no war. Since Obama’s election six years ago, terrorism has increased throughout worldwide and the radical Islamists control more territory in the Middle East and North Africa than ever. There is a war ongoing and it has been declared by the enemies of the West.
One of the GOP presidential contenders is Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned neurosurgeon. Carson has proven his intellect in the field of medicine. He has yet to prove his mettle in the politics. Still, Carson offers clarity and conviction when he speaks on issues. When asked how he would handle the problem of the Islamic State, Carson said:
“They’re extremely sophisticated and they have tentacles that are growing throughout the world. They’re still in their adolescent stage and this is the time when we can crush them. But if we allow them to mature into a full-grown tree, with deep roots and thick branches, it’s going to be almost impossible. We need to do it now. I would use every resource available: military, banking, sanctions, you name it. And I would not hesitate to put boots on the ground. We need to be the leaders. The coalition will form if it has a leader. But you can’t sit around saying, ‘Oh, you guys do this.’ … This is serious. So I would commit everything to eliminating them right now.”
Carson then quoted Winston Churchill: “Fight your enemy while you can beat them.” Agree with Carson or not, he has a vision and strategy that is clear and definable.
The West needs to define a strategy to fight the war against terror and Islamic extremism. This strategy must first be defined prior to implementing a plan of action. It is unlikely that President Obama has the ability or the will to define such a strategy, which will result in further dithering by the United States until after the next president is elected. The question is whether our enemies will wait that long.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 8, 2015
Barack Obama took his radical view of the world order to a new low this week. During a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast the President said:
“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ… In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
While this type of history lesson might be appropriate on a Leftist college campus, it is outrageous coming form United States’ Commander in Chief.
The United States has faced many conflicts throughout its history, some inflicted by foreign enemies and others from internal moral conflicts. Slavery and Jim Crow fit within this latter category. Given that the Crusades predated this Country’s existence by centuries makes the President’s attempt to conflate Christianity and the United States with radical Islam perplexing.
Obama has been rightfully taken the task by many or his outrageous comments on radical Islam at the National Prayer Breakfast. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal appropriately stated the obvious:
“It was nice of the President to give us a history lesson at the Prayer breakfast. Today, however, the issue right in front of his nose, in the here and now, is the terrorism of Radical Islam, the assassination of journalists, the beheading and burning alive of captives. We will be happy to keep an eye out for runaway Christians, but it would be nice if he would face the reality of the situation today. The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”
Any attempt to equate the barbarism of contemporary terrorism carried out in the name of Islam with past history only serves to justify the violence now inflicting much of the world. The President of the United States should be the voice of morality for the Western world. Instead Obama has been a ditherer, absent of moral clarity. That moral clarity is left to others like Dr. Ben Carson, as seen in the video below.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 18, 2015
Terrorism perpetrated by adherents of radical and fundamentalist-based Islamic teachings has been accelerating in recent decades. Last week it took on a new level of significance given the mass murders perpetrated by Islamic terrorists in Paris, France. However, the West’s “new” concern with these terrorist acts shows an inability to understand the nature behind the ongoing conflict between East and West.
George Friedman of Stratfor.com has published an article (reproduced in full below) titled “A War Between Two Worlds” that puts historical and geopolitical context to the conflict has been ongoing for 1500 years. The Islamic terrorism is a continuation of that long conflict and not a new phenomenon as often portrayed by politicians and the media. As Friedman states
- Islam invaded Europe twice from the Mediterranean — first in Iberia, the second time in southeastern Europe, as well as nibbling at Sicily and elsewhere. Christianity invaded Islam multiple times, the first time in the Crusades and in the battle to expel the Muslims from Iberia. Then it forced the Turks back from central Europe. The Christians finally crossed the Mediterranean in the 19th century, taking control of large parts of North Africa. Each of these two religions wanted to dominate the other.
- The current crisis has its origins in the collapse of European hegemony over North Africa after World War II and the Europeans’ need for cheap labor. As a result of the way in which they ended their imperial relations, they were bound to allow the migration of Muslims into Europe, and the permeable borders of the European Union enabled them to settle where they chose. The Muslims, for their part, did not come to join in a cultural transformation. They came for work, and money, and for the simplest reasons.
- Christianity had lost its hegemonic control over European culture over the previous centuries and had been joined, if not replaced, by a new doctrine of secularism. Secularism drew a radical distinction between public and private life, in which religion, in any traditional sense, was relegated to the private sphere with no hold over public life. ….. There are those whose beliefs are so different from others’ beliefs that finding common ground in the public space is impossible. ….. This is the universal problem of secularism, which eschews stereotyping. It leaves unclear who is to be held responsible for what. By devolving all responsibility on the individual, secularism tends to absolve nations and religions from responsibility.
- If no one but the gunmen and their immediate supporters are responsible for the action, and all others who share their faith are guiltless, you have made a defensible moral judgment. But as a practical matter, you have paralyzed your ability to defend yourselves. …… Not all Muslims — not even most Muslims — are responsible for this. But all who committed these act s were Muslims claiming to speak for Muslims.
- These killings have nothing to do with poverty, of course. Newly arrived immigrants are always poor. That’s why they immigrate. ……. But the dirty secret of multiculturalism was that its consequence was to perpetuate Muslim isolation. And it was not the intention of Muslims to become Europeans, even if they could. They came to make money, not become French.
- I don’t know what needs to be done, but I suspect I know what is coming. First, if it is true that Islam is merely responding to crimes against it, those crimes are not new and certainly didn’t originate in the creation of Israel, the invasion of Iraqor recent events. This has been going on far longer than that.
- But the idea of shared principles other than their own is offensive to the religious everywhere, and at this moment in history, this aversion is most commonly present among Muslims. This is a truth that must be face.
- The Mediterranean borderland was a place of conflict well before Christianity and Islam existed. It will remain a place of conflict even if both lose their vigorous love of their own beliefs. It is an illusion to believe that conflicts rooted in geography can be abolished. ….. What has to be done will be done, and those who refused to make choices will see themselves as more moral than those who did. There is a war, and like all wars, this one is very different from the last in the way it is prosecuted. But it is war nonetheless, and denying that is denying the obvious
Friedman’s historic historical and context is important if the West is to realistically the challenge it faces. This is opposite to the approach taken by Progressive Western governments in the past hundred years, including the United States. While this approach may have put a lid on the pot, we are once again a point in history where the East and West conflict is boiling over.
How many times have politicians like George W. Bush, Barack Obama and other leaders in Western Europe rhetorically state that Islam is a religion of peace? Whether true or not it ignores the reality of the conflict occurring the Middle East, North Africa, Western Europe, parts of Asia, and to a smaller extent North America. There is inherent conflict between secularism that dominates the West and Orthodox Islamic teachings.
The complexity of the conflict between Orthodox Islam and Western values does not give the West the luxury of falsely defining the problem. There is no better example of this naivety then the conclusion so often offered by Progressive diplomats that if the Israelis and Palestinians resolve their differences that this will somehow lead to coexistence between the West and greater Islamic world.
Finally, it is important to review a warning offered by Friedman: “The murders of cartoonists who made fun of Islam and of Jews shopping for their Sabbath meals by Islamists in Paris last week have galvanized the world. A galvanized world is always dangerous. Galvanized people can do careless things.”
“A War Between Two Worlds is republished with permission of Stratfor.”
A War Between Two Worlds
JANUARY 13, 2015, Stratfor
By George Friedman
The murders of cartoonists who made fun of Islam and of Jews shopping for their Sabbath meals by Islamists in Paris last week have galvanized the world. A galvanized world is always dangerous. Galvanized people can do careless things. It is in the extreme and emotion-laden moments that distance and coolness are most required. I am tempted to howl in rage. It is not my place to do so. My job is to try to dissect the event, place it in context and try to understand what has happened and why. From that, after the rage cools, plans for action can be made. Rage has its place, but actions must be taken with discipline and thought. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 13, 2015
Last week’s massacre by Islamic terrorists in Paris, France at the publication Charlie Hebdo has opened deep wounds in much of the Western world and beyond. While Islamic terrorism has been a growing threat over the past two decades, this brazen attack that killed 17 also attacked the pillar of modern Western society; free speech.
In response to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, 40 leaders from throughout the world gathered with over 1 million marchers in Paris to show solidarity with Charlie Hebdo and the victims. This not only included leaders from throughout Europe such as Germany and England, but also from such divergent countries as the Ukraine, Malley, Jordan, Israel (Benjamin) and the Palestinian Authority (Mahmoud Abbas).
Whether the rather remarkable response to this terrorist act turns into tangible change in the world’s attitude towards Muslim extremists, especially within Muslim countries and communities, is yet to be seen. However, noticeably absent from the March in Paris was President Obama or other high ranking American official. While the President has gone golfing and fundraising immediately following other tragedies, he had no time to show solidarity with the French. At the very least our Country should have sent the Vice President or a former president as a stand-in.
The White House has since admitted it erred in its response to the Paris tragedy. While that admission is refreshing from an administration that rarely takes responsibility for its mistakes, the error remains inexcusable. The Daily News cover page posted below says it all.
The void left by the Obama Administration’s leading from behind is not a vacuum, but instead is being filled by those who would damage not only America and its interest, but greater Western culture as well.
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