While many have rightfully criticized U.S. President Obama's recent assertion that the Islamic State "is not Islamic," some of his other equally curious but more subtle comments pronounced in the same speech have been largely ignored.
Consider the president's invocation of the "grievances" meme to explain the Islamic State's success: "At this moment the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL—which calls itself the Islamic State."
Obama's logic, of course, is fortified by an entire apparatus of professional apologists who make the same claim. Thus Georgetown professor John Esposito—whose apologetics sometimes morph into boldfaced lies—also recently declared that "The "primary drivers [for the Islamic State's violence] are to be found elsewhere," that is, not in Islam but in a "long list of grievances." more >>
It's a famous Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. President Obama is living through those times, to be sure. The Chinese have another phrase: Losing the Mandate of Heaven. It is their ancient belief that rulers must govern in accord with Heaven's conception of justice. To rule in violation of what Western philosophers have called the Natural Law, that is, the law written on the heart, is to risk all legitimacy and to put one's record in history at peril, the Chinese have taught us.
Barack Obama went to Planned "Barrenhood" (Parenthood) one year before he accepted the nomination of his party to run for president. Candidate Obama pledged his devotion to an outfit that beheads a thousand unborn children every day.
He has kept his promises to them. He threatened to veto a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government open if Speaker Boehner and House Republicans took away a single dollar from that evil enterprise. And when he addressed a conclave of abortionists (the first president ever to do so) he even said upon leaving: God bless you. more >>
On Wednesday Americans celebrated Constitution Day.
On this day in 1787, 39 patriots signed the U.S. Constitution, a document that not only organized our government but also changed the world.
The Constitution made America unique in its design and governance. It gave us our rights and our freedoms as Americans. It outlined the limited role of our government and defined the separation of powers. It is the foundation that has allowed America to become the greatest country in the world. more >>
A man who was abducted by Islamic State terrorists along with slain American journalist Steven Sotloff in August of 2013 in Aleppo, Syria, said that after he was freed from ISIS captivity, the U.S. government did nothing to reach out and interview him in efforts to save Sotloff's life.
Yosef Abobaker, a former moderate Islamist rebel who was hired by Sotloff to be a fixer during a three-day trip in Syria, told CNN that although he was freed just 15 days after he and Sotloff were abducted, he did not hear from any representative or official from the U.S. government even though the Sotloff family had specifically told the government of Abobaker's willingness to help.
"No, nobody tried to contact me and I tried to help," Abobaker said. "Nobody come to me and ask me any questions from the [U.S.] government... they didn't contact me or ask me about that or anything about how you were kidnapped or tried to take any information about my kidnapper or Steve. And, they can find me. It's easy." more >>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke out against terror group ISIS in a recent interview, saying that the militants "want to kill humanity." He also harshly criticized American President Barack Obama's plan to fight ISIS with airstrikes but without any ground troops, calling it "ridiculous" and wondering whether Americans are not afraid to suffer casualties in the war.
"They want to kill humanity," Rouhani told NBC News about ISIS, which has declared the creation of an 'Islamic State' in the territory of Iraq and Syria, but has been denounced by a number of Islamic countries.
"And from the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity. And therefore, the killing and beheading of innocent people, in fact, is a matter of shame for them and it's the matter of concern and sorrow for all the human and all the mankind." more >>
SIM USA President Bruce Johnson has praised President Barack Obama's recent announcement to send over 3,000 medical personnel to West Africa to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. The Christian missionary group, which saw one of its workers come down with Ebola while treating patients, said help from the U.S. is greatly needed and welcomed.
"The multifaceted response to the Ebola crisis announced today by President Obama is what we have been hoping for and what is needed in Liberia and West Africa," Johnson said in a press release. "Three things are vital right now: more beds and equipment, more trained medical professionals, and more training of Liberians and West Africans. This plan addresses these desperate needs."
Obama announced on Tuesday that he is ordering members of the U.S. Armed Forces to go to Liberia, which has been hit hardest by the outbreak. Over 2,400 people have died from the outbreak, with Guinea and Sierra Leone being two other countries seriously infected. more >>