The blossoming flowers of Arab Spring have chilled into a freezing blizzard. Arab winter has arrived! Violent protests have erupted all over the Middle East and North Africa, even extending so far to Obama's childhood home of Indonesia.
People voted Obama into office because they had hope for a change. One of Obama's slogans was that he wasn't Bush. And when he became President, people were so excited that they gave him a Nobel Peace prize for this accomplishment. One American working overseas named William J. Kole wrote an article titled "Suddenly, it's cool to be an American again."
She was a stranger, and she kissed me. Just for being an American....
Without a word, she turned, pecked me on the cheek and stepped off at the next stop.
Nothing was said, but the message was clear: Today, we are all Americans.
there's always been that tension. That difficult-to-describe sense of vulnerability. That nagging instinct that maybe we'd better watch it, because our government is intensely unpopular and we're not entirely welcome. ... it didn't feel particularly pro-Obama, even though the new U.S. president-elect enjoys broad support here. No, it seemed to impart two sentiments I haven't felt for a long time: friendship and admiration.
And thanks to Obama's election, it looked as though we would have peace with Iran.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his election win -- the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
An analyst said Ahmadinejad's message was a gesture from the hard-line president that he is open to some sort of reconciliation with the U.S.
Obama has said he is willing to hold direct diplomacy with Iranian leaders as a way to break the impasse between the two countries
Yes, it was certainly cool to be an American again. Yes, this is what being an American is all about - being cool, being popular, being loved by all. Now, Iran is ramping up its nuclear projects to destroy Israel. Iran continues to teach its children to chant "death to America!"
Then, Obama went on a peace tour throughout the Middle East where he apologized for centuries of European colonization and then shared his hopes and aspirations for harmony between America and the Middle East.
I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
Islam is a part of America. And I believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations - to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity.
Then came the Arab Spring, which Obama praised in glowing terms about the Muslims desiring peace, liberty, and democracy. And now what? Egypt is no longer an ally. Obama spoke on Telemundo:
I mean Egypt, this is the first democracy in maybe 7,000 years. A true democracy where people have a voice. They don’t have traditions of a civil society. And some of the aspects of our democracy that are so important. And they’re going to develop those and during that time, there are going to be some rocky times.
I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy. They’re a new government that is trying to find its way.
Quite on purpose, Obama called for the removal of Hosni Mubarak, both our ally and one of the few allies to Israel in the Middle East. Obama felt so strongly about this that he threatened to cut off federal funding if Mubarak did not step down. After he demanded the removal of our ally, we no longer have an ally in the Middle East! And Israel also lost an ally thanks to pressure from Obama.
But everyone was supposed to like us because we were the cool kids again. Everyone was supposed to want to be our allies.
This declaration that Egypt was no longer our ally came in response to widespread protests and riots across the Middle East and North Africa. A mob in Libya stormed the US Embassy. There, the mob captured our ambassador Chris Stevens, tortured him, and paraded his body like a hunting trophy. Three other Americans were likewise murdered. I have seen the pictures, and I think, readers, that we feel enough shock and outrage without them.
Although Obama insists that this attack and this torture of our ambassador was random and spur-of-the moment, the Libyan president Mohammed el-Megarif disagrees:
"The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous," Megarif says in an interview on NPR. "We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate."
The Libyan president added, "The intention was there from the beginning, for it to take this ugly barbaric, criminal form."
The embassy in Cairo apologized for the offense that resulted in the deaths of Americans. Mitt Romney criticized Obama for apologizing, so Obama sent Hillary Clinton to apologize instead. That way when people see Clinton apologize, they would be angry with Clinton and not Obama, even though she is part of the Obama administration, her statements are also Obama's statements. In other words, because she is like an employee, she says what her manager wants her to say. So, these are actually the words of Obama, not Clinton.
The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message.
This video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.
Maybe this explains why there is mass violence across the Middle East and why Egyptians tore down our flag and replaced it with the Islamic Al-Qaeda flag. Maybe that is why protestors chanted the same of Bin Laden.
Regardless of the offense, it does not justify torture, murder, and violence. The condemnation of the violence should be unequivocal that this behavior in inexcusable and is not justified by any insult, whether genuine or imaginary. Instead of holding them accountable for their actions, Obama apologizes like a scared little kid desperate to be cool and to hang out with all the cool kids.
I do not know how many people have seen or remember the movie Dogma. Well, one of the men who made the movie has this to say about Islam and Christianity.
ever since 9/11, I have been thinking about a sequel of sorts. I mean, the worst terrorist attack on American soil was religiously bent. In the wake of said attack, the leader of the "Free World" outed himself as pretty d***d Christian. In the last election, rather than a quagmire war abroad, the big issue was whether or not gay marriage was moral.
And we'd need a bigger budget - because the entire third act would be the Apocalypse.
Scary thing is this: the film would have to touch on Islam. And unlike the Cathloic League, when those cats don't like what you do, they issue a death warrant on yer a** (see Rushdie). And now that I've got a family, I'm not as free to stir the s**t-pot as I was when I was single, back when I made "Dogma". I mean, now I've gotta think about more than my own safety and well-being.
Here, the Islamists controlled a man through terror tactics. Relevant in 2005, it continues to be relevant today. Obama has reacted the same way this man reacted. People can insult and attack Christians all they want because Christians seldom protest. When the insult is about a violent religion, those same people roll over and plead pacifism because they are too terrified. Apologies galore ensue. "Islam is a great religion!" "Islam is a wonderful religion!" "Please, don't kill us!"
Get a grip! And a backbone! Stop wussing out, you lazy wimp.
There is nothing cool about an ambassador being tortured, murdered, and paraded like an animal. There is nothing cool about these anti-American riots. There is nothing cool about Egyptians burning our flag and replacing it with an Al-Qaeda flag. There is nothing cool about any of what is occurring in the Middle East.
And it is time that America stops worrying about being the cool kids. It is time to stop saying "it's cool to be an American again." because ultimately, none of that matters in the end. Being cool is trivial, insignificant, and ultimately childish. And we need a president who does not care about some popularity contest - a president who has a moral backbone.