In 1219 the Shah of the Islamic Khwarezmid Empire (present day Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan), Ala ad-Din Muhammad had the ambassadors of Genghis Khan killed. This affront to diplomatic convention led to a devastating invasion and the total destruction of the Khwarezmid Empire.
No-one would advocate the slash and burn/take no prisoner response of the Mongols in the thirteenth century. However, to allow the first murder of an American ambassador since the Carter debacle to go unanswered is beyond the pale of poor leadership straying towards the realm of either complete ineptitude or dereliction of duty.
President Obama reminds us at every turn that Islam is the religion of peace. He also goes out of his way to teach us about the many contributions Muslims have made to world civilization. He even told NASA Administrator Charles Bolden that his most important mission as the head of America’s space agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world. There is a pattern here. Mr. Obama is using the Bully Pulpit and every avenue available to him as the most powerful man in the world to sow the wind with the seeds of Islam’s rise and America’s decline.
Being a Christian I obviously have an opinion concerning the theological truth of Muhammad’s answer to the need all people feel for God. I confess Jesus as my Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead. That is enough to say I believe the fundamental tenets of Islam do not match reality as I perceive it.
Being a Historian I have an opinion on the peaceful History of Islam. It is fiction. Islam has been a religion of war since its invention. Over and over Islamic powers and movements have attacked those who choose not to follow their prophet. They also forbid the free exercise of religion in any land unfortunate enough to fall under their power. They deny human rights, political rights, and economic rights. They oppress women making them possessions of their fathers, husbands, or brothers in a legal code based upon the very foundation of the religion: the Koran.
Have Christians done things wrong? Yes. Every Christian Historian, Theologian, and Preacher has branded the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Encomienda System of forced labor and conversion in Spanish America as aberrations and a blight upon the faith. Were these horrendous crimes as terrible as those of Islam? Yes. The difference is that they were all clearly contrary to the Bible which forms the basis for Christian faith while the depredations of Islam are the logical expressions of the Koran.
According to his school records in Indonesia Mr. Obama was listed as a Muslim. He attended Islamic education during the six years he lived there which was mandatory in all schools in Indonesia at that time. He tells us that the morning call to prayer is the most beautiful sound on earth. A Pew Research study finds that 17% of registered voters believe Barak Hussein Obama (the name he used when he was sworn in to be our president) is a Muslim. Thirty one percent said they weren’t sure. What evidence has not been sealed by presidential order is conflicting and confusing. He says he isn’t. He says he is a Christian, and I cannot know his heart. We can judge his actions. For over twenties years he was a member of the church of Reverend Jeremiah Wright whose brand of racist Black Liberation Theology is a branch of the worldwide Liberation Theology movement which has been branded as a heresy by the Catholic Church where it was born as well as by leaders of most other denominations. It is widely regarded as the Christianized version of Marxism.
In the past three + years Barak Obama has done everything imaginable to advance the cause of radical Islam by giving major speeches in Egypt and Turkey where he assured the world America is not a Christian nation, Supporting a Mosque at Ground Zero, approving and supporting the so-called Arab Spring that toppled regimes supportive of America and installed Islamist ones. Now paraphrasing his pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright who was quoting Malcolm X, Barack’s chickens are coming home to roost. Only it is our brave Foreign Service workers and representatives who are paying the price.
As Americans are shocked by the violence in the Mideast because of a movie, does anyone in the media reflect on the fact that American Christians don’t behave this way when their religion is insulted and denigrated even when it is done at taxpayers’ expense? No, the Corporations Once Called the Mainstream Media drank too much Kool-Aide and are too far in the tank for the Progressives to mention anything like that. Instead they defend an administration whose well-worn socialist slogan, “Forward” should be, “Obama – Biden Hey! It Could Be Worse” and whose answer for everything is “It’s somebody else’s fault.”
One day after radical Islamists in a country Mr. Obama sent America to war to free kill an American ambassador all the Media can talk about is that Mitt Romney reacted poorly.
How does Obama’s failure to protect America, its prestige, and its interests become Romney’s gaff? It is through the collusion of a complicit media that is nothing more than the communication arm of the DNC. No matter how the communication commissars seek to deny that they are purveyors of a tainted product the obvious bias and advocacy of the Progressive agenda is visible for all to see as reporters unaware of an open microphone coordinate what questions to ask Romney to steer a question and answer session in the direction that fits their play book. They fall over themselves to accuse Mr. Romney of politicizing events and undermining American foreign policy as they conveniently forget that Mr. Obama used the deaths of American servicemen to attack McCain and Bush in 2008.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the Ottoman Empire which had once ruled from India to Morocco and from Arabia to Vienna was known as the Sick Man of Europe. It was still vast in extent, rich in trade and natural resources, but its economy was in a shambles and consequently it was no longer able to maintain its military power and was now the victim of continuous attacks and invasions by neighbors who wanted a little plunder or territory. Britain took Egypt. Spain took Morocco. Italy took Libya. Serbia, Greece, and Romania first gained their independence and then started chewing off piece after piece as the Turks blustered and pretended that they were still a great power long after the national will to do what was necessary to remain a power had vanished.
Under the pro Islamist, anti-colonial leadership of Barack Obama America is careening towards a foreign policy of defeat and shame. His domestic agenda is spending us into oblivion and the poor house.
The recent tragic events in Egypt and Libya, the on-going turmoil throughout the Islamic world and its violence against Americans all ostensibly over a movie shows the religion of peace for what it really is: a religion of intolerance, hatred, and war. These same events and our reaction to them show the Obama administration for what it is too: the Sick Man of American History.
This November let’s take the cure and let America be America again or we will learn that if you sow the wind you reap the whirlwind.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens [email protected] Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens