Thursday, September 11, 2014

What Obama said

Near the open to Mr. Obama's address last night, it seems he couldn't help himself. He couldn't resist playing the part of a defender of Islam:
Now let’s make two things clear:  ISIL is not “Islamic.”  No religion condones the killing of innocents.  And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.  And ISIL is certainly not a state.  It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border.  It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates.  ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.  And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
Who is Mr. Obama to speak for the religious convictions of ISIL, more accurately, an army that now calls itself the Islamic State?

IS seems to function well within the framework of past Islamic armies bent on conquest.

And there have been plenty of religions throughout history that condoned the killing of innocents.

Islam may not advocate killing "innocents," but that was Obama's choice of words. Islam certainly labels unbelievers as infidels, and condones targeting them with a brutal vengeance.

The Koran  instructs Muslims to slay unbelievers where they find them. And it specifically embraces beheading. Islam, it seems, has core teachings of  hostility to direct wrath against those who stand in opposition.

Obama blew his credibility last night in the first few minutes.

Makes me wonder what else was said where truth was shaded.

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