At first, I was irritated that I was forced to put Obama's speech on the backburner because of the timing of Rouhani's appearance at the United Nations, but now I am glad because I can provide irrefutable proof of my assertions. This morning, I awakened to the following headline on FoxNews.com: "U.S. considers softening demands on Iran nuke deal, report says". The story goes on to say that America is considering allowing Iran more centrifuges and more enrichment (under supervision, HA!) in exchange for Iran's assistance in fighting the Islamic State. We are about to sell Israel down the river. John Kerry is stabbing his "good friend, 'Bibi'", Prime Minister Netanyahu, in the back yet again. How people still believe this administration is pro-Israel is beyond me. Because Barack Obama says so? This administration's actions belie its words. Here is the article:
Let me cover what Obama said, and I will tie everything in as I go. Barack Obama's speech is fodder for critique, but I will confine my discussion to the given genre of this blog. First:
"We collectively have not invested adequately in the public health capacity of developing countries. Too often we have failed to enforce the international norms when it is inconvenient to do so. And we have not confronted forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe."
Sound familiar? This is almost verbatim what Hassan Rouhani said in his speech the following day. POTUS continues with his two questions for the Assembly:
"Whether the nations that are here today will be able to renew the purpose of the UN's founding and whether we will come together to reject the causes of violent extremism."
"We are here because others realize that we gain more from cooperation than conquest."
Here, Obama sets the tone that Rouhani follows the next day. "We" must "come together to reject the causes of violent extremism", and "we gain more from cooperation than conquest". Hear the similarity? Next, he sets up what is to come in the P5+1:
"This (peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons) can only take place if Iran seizes this historic opportunity. My message to Iran's leaders, and people, has been simple and consistent. Do not let this opportunity pass. We can reach a solution that meets your energy needs while assuring the world that your program is peaceful."
Really, Mr. President? A world without nuclear weapons. Hm. I can hear Iran now, "What about Israel's nukes?" Are you next going to demand that Israel disarm in the interest of "fairness"? And, what kind of "solution" will meet Iran's "energy needs while assuring the world" that their program is "peaceful"? Iran has oil that will sustain their "energy needs" for generations to come. What is the necessity for nuclear energy? According to today's report, you are planning to allow Iran to keep thousands of centrifuges, as well as enriched uranium, in exchange for their assistance in defeating a terror network Iran created. Are you truly that stupid, or are you (more likely) working in concert with Tehran in direct conflict with our ally, Israel?
"But, as we look to the future, one issue risks a cycle of conflict that could derail so much progress, and that is the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of the Muslim world."
Yet, POTUS, you are negotiating with the very architect of that "violent extremism".
"But in this century, we have faced a more lethal and ideological brand of terrorists who have perverted one of the world's great religions, with access to technology that allows small groups to do great harm. They have embraced a nightmarish vision that would divide the world into adherence and infidels, killing as many innocent civilians as possible, employing the most brutal methods, to indeminate (sic) people within their communities."
Um, "perverted one of the world's great religions"? How does one pervert something that was conceived in perversion? Islamists love to quote the portion of the Koran that was written in Mecca. It comprises about 1/3 of the total Koran, and indeed it is benign enough, although it still excoriates Jews and Christians for not being believers in the "truth". What Obama is doing is called "taqiyya", Islamic deception. People who are interviewed on the news trying to defend "peaceful Islam" use the first 1/3 of the Koran for their supporting documentation. What is never discussed is the other 2/3 of the Koran, which is Jihad. When Mohammad was in Mecca, he did not encounter any resistance from those he tried to persuade to come to Islam. They either converted, or at least accepted his beliefs. There was no resistance. Indeed, it is in the Meccan Koran that the "no compulsion" verse is found, because Mohammad did not encounter any opposition. It was when he went to Medina, and encountered Jews who were educated in the Torah, and who recognized the falsehoods Mohammad told regarding Abraham and Moses, and his assertion that he was a "prophet" of "allah", that he encountered resistance and it was then that his writings became intolerant and violent. Those are the writings Muslims take great care not to discuss in public. As to "innocent civilians": In Islam there are no "innocent civilians". There are believers, and there are "kafirs" (non-believers), and the Koran is clear that those kafirs who refuse to admit that "allah" is the only true god and that Mohammed is his "messenger" are to die. So, when Obama talks about "extremists" having "embraced a nightmarish vision that would divide the world into adherence and infidels,...employing the most brutal methods", he is talking about the Islam developed in Medina, and there is nothing "perverted" about this form of Islam. It IS Islam.
"I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. Instead, we have waged a focused campaign against al-Qaeda and its associated forces, taking out their leaders, denying them their safe havens they rely on."
Mr. President, I was unaware that America has attacked Iran.
"So we reject any suggestion of a clash of civilizations."
"At the same time, we have affirmed again and again and again that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace."
1) Speak for yourself, POTUS. 2) Where?
"No god condones this terror. No grievance justifies these actions."
Tell it to "allah".
"Moreover, this campaign against extremism goes beyond the narrow security challenges. For while we have degraded, methodically, core al-Qaeda, and supported a transition to a sovereign Afghan government, extremist ideology has shifted to other places, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, where a quarter of young people have no job, where food and water could grow scarce, where corruption is rampant, and sectarian conflicts have become increasingly hard to contain."
Once again, Obama sets up Rouhani's speech by equating "extremism" with poverty. Also, how have we degraded, methodically or otherwise, "core al-Qaeda", when the core of al-Qaeda is in Tehran?
Finally, POTUS gives his four points of focus:
1) "The terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded and ultimately destroyed."
For those who do not know, by calling the Islamic State "ISIL", Obama is slamming Israel. The Levant extends to the Mediterranean Sea. So, every time anyone refers to the IS as "ISIL", he or she is giving the illusion that Israel no longer exists, which is the goal of the Islamic State.
"There can be no reasoning, no negotiating, with this brand of evil."
The only way to stop it is to completely eradicate Islam.
2) "It is time for the world, especially Muslim communities, to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of organizations like al-Qaeda and ISIL."
They will never do so, because the "ideology" is Islam.
"No children are born hating, and no children anywhere should be educated to hate other people. There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents, because they are Jewish, or because they're Christian, or because they're Muslim."
Finally, we agree.
"That means cutting off the funding that fuels this hate. It's time to end the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy and then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down."
Well, then, start by ending aid to the Palestinian Authority. That aid goes straight to Hamas. Then, you need to have another chat with the United Nations, this time about what it teaches "Palestinians":
"The ideology of ISIL, or al-Qaeda, or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day."
That is what I, and many others, are trying to do, Mr. President.
3) "We must address the cycle of conflict, especially sectarian conflict, that creates the conditions that terrorists prey upon."
Another set-up for President Rouhani.
4) "My fourth and final point is a simple one: The countries of the Arab and Muslim world must focus on the extraordinary potential of their people, especially the youth."
POTUS, the only "potential" the Arab world is interested in is the "potential" to annihilate "The West".
Now, he saves the best for last. Israel:
"We recognize as well that leadership will be necessary to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. As bleak as the landscape appears, America will not give up on the pursuit of peace. Understand: the situation in Iraq, and Syria, and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the main source of problems in the region. For far too long that's been used as an excuse to distract people from problems at home. The violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace, and that's something worthy of reflection within Israel. Because let's be clear, the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable. We cannot afford to turn away from this effort. Not when rockets are fired at innocent Israelis, or the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza. So long as I am president, we will stand up for the principle that Palestinians, the region, and the world will be more just and more safe with two states living side-by-side in peace and security."
Obama starts out benignly enough, but takes a serious wrong turn that has Governor Pence incensed. It slapped me in the face as well, and I am sure Ambassador Prosor and Prime Minister Netanyahu did not appreciate it, either. It will be interesting to see what the Prime Minister has to say on Monday. Anyway, "...that's something worthy of reflection within Israel". Why within Israel? Why address those who are tired and disillusioned from 66 years of fighting for the right to exist, rather than addressing Israel's detractors? "...or the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza". Do you mean the miniature terrorists that UNRWA trains? "...Palestinians, the region, and the world will be more just and safe with two states living side-by-side in peace and security." What two states would those be? I presume you mean "Palestine" and Israel? How can that be, when "Palestine" has stated repeatedly that it will never recognize a Jewish state? When Hamas has stated it will never recognize a Jewish state? When your "so-called clerics" call for the destruction of the "Zionist regime" (and, by the way, the United States of America)? You are correct about one thing: the situation in the so-called "West Bank" and Gaza is untenable. Since "the world" keeps insisting on providing aid to Gaza, and seems to be impervious to the fact that all such aid goes straight to Hamas, there is no other way to demilitarize it than to re-enter and re-take Gaza, and I can hear you and John Kerry howling now. As for the "West Bank", Prime Minister Netanyahu will never give them up. Never. No way. For one thing, Judea is the core of the Jewish state. But, perhaps more important, Judea and Samaria are militarily strategic, and giving them up would be suicide for the state of Israel. I realize, POTUS, that is what you would like to see happen, but so long as Binyamin Netanyahu is Prime Minister I can assure you it will not happen. Lo yikre.