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 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 November 6, 2014
A few weeks ago Campus Reform went to Harvard University and asked students who they felt was the greater risk to the world; the United States or ISIS. Some indicated that the US was the greater threat and claimed that American policies were responsible for the creation of radical Islamic movements such as ISIS. Some Harvard students then followed up on this “study” creating their own video questionnaire and found similar responses, videos posted below.
Harvard University is renowned as perhaps the most famous and supposedly intellectual colleges in the United States. The skills exhibited by some of the students in the videos bring into questions these conclusions.
It is remarkable that students from this prestigious University believe the United States responsible for radical Islam and the infighting within its subgroups. Had these students studied world history instead of the phony academics that make up much of today’s college curriculums they would have been taught that the Sunni–Shia divide that is led to so much conflict within the Islamic world began shortly after the death of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed in 632 with infighting over the secession to the Prophet. They would also learned that this conflict began over 1100 years before the founding of the United States.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 22, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry is at again proving a lack of knowledge of history and international affairs. At a ceremony at the State Department in honor of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, Kerry tied increased recruitment of Muslim youths by radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq to the Israeli Palestinian-conflict saying:
“As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL (Islamic State) coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to. And people need to understand the connection of that.”
Adding insult to injury, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf denied that Kerry said what he said: “[H]e did not make any linkage between Israel and the growth of ISIL, period. And we can go back over what he actually said, which I have in front of me. He did not make that linkage.” Either Ms, Harf does not understand English or is a liar. Kerry’s language and inference are clear.
The reaction from Israel was swept with its economic minister, Naftali Bennett, correctly pointing out the obvious:
- The 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Israel.
- Global Jihad has nothing to do with Israel.
- Al-Sisi’s revolution in Egypt had nothing to do with Israel.
- The disintegration of Iraq has nothing to do with Israel.
- The massacre of at least 150,000 people, including women and children, by Assad in Syria has nothing to do with Israel.
- The creation of ISIS had nothing to do with Israel.
- ISIS’s military gains in Iraq and Syria have nothing to do with Israel.
In conclusion, Bennett pointed out that “the intense hatred between Sunni and Shiite Muslims has nothing to do with Israel”. This last point proves how naïve and uninformed John Kerry is since this Sunni and Shiite hatred predates the creation of the modern state of Israel by some one thousand years!
John Kerry’s Middle East dribble continues the State Department’s misguided approach to the Middle East over the past four decades. It incorrectly focused on the Israeli-Palestinian differences when the real challenges of the Middle East are broader and longer in duration. By avoiding the actual causes behind the stagnation and destitute of so many in many Muslim controlled countries, the State Department held the lid on a pressure cooker that is now exploding. Given history, Kerry’s misguided approach is inexplicable.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 15, 2014
The first decade of this new century brought pronounced problems, both internationally and domestically, for the United States. On the international front we had the 9/11 attacks, North Korean atomic bomb tests, Iran marching towards nuclear weapons, and more recently what started as the Arab Spring has evolved into civil wars in Syria and Iraq and still strengthening of radical Islam.
Domestically, the various bubbles of the 1990s turned into an economic meltdown of 2008. That has been followed by the most anemic recovery since the Great Depression. In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, Liberals blamed Republicans and right of center policies for these difficulties. That dog no longer hunts.
At the end of six years of an ultra-Leftist agenda promoted by Barack Obama, the challenges facing the United States is even greater on the international front and remain challenging domestically. With these realities have the blame game no longer no longer works for President Obama. Instead, it has shown the fallacies of Progressive and interventionist policies of not only the current administration, but also similar policies of preceding presidents.
Some on the Left are beginning to question the policies of Barack Obama and the politically correct agenda promoted by Progressives. Bill Maher is unapologetic Leftist and atheist. During a recent interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose, Rose attempted to spew the politically correct proposition that Islam is currently no more violent than other religions. Maher would have none of this and took Rose to task , as included the video below.
Just as shocking, ultra-Leftist Michael Moore took Obama to task for his lack of accomplishments. While it is likely that Moore wants Obama to implement even more Leftist/socialist policies, it is apparent that he questions Obama’s executive skills.
The fact that Bill Maher and Michael Moore are dissing this liberal president and/or the political correctness mantra of today is an indicator that there is political change coming at the upcoming midterm elections. However, while the Republicans are likely to take control the Senate they have shown the inability to lead or create cohesive policies. The Country is devoid of true leadership in either political party.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 7, 2014
CNN reporter Don Lemon threw political correctness to the wind and asked the much-needed question: “Is Islam more violent than any other faith?” While the answer is apparent during this point in history, the fact that the question was asked by the mainstream media is significant and signifies that Western society is coming to grips with perhaps the most serious issue facing it today.
One of the guests being questioned by Lemon was Arsalan Iftikhar of the Islamic Monthly Magazine. Iftikhar’s response attempted to equate violence by non-Muslim religious fanatics to global jihad. It is often used by those who attempt to defend violent behavior in the name of Islam. However, the broad scope and brutality of the violence committed in the name of Islam makes this argument/excuse without merit. It is nothing more than an attempt to obfuscate. Until greater Islam modernizes itself in a similar fashion that other religions have, as suggested by another one of Lemon’s panelist, violence in its name will continue to be a serious threat to world stability.
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