Monday, June 23, 2014

Rulers of Darkness | Chaos in the Middle East

Attached below is a link to an essay that I think describes the situation in the middle east pretty well. Its title is The Man Who Broke the Middle East and it is about Barack Obama and his middle east policy. It was written by Elliot Abrams who is a New World Order guy as a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was also a former Deputy National Security Adviser under George W. Bush.

What I got from this article is that the problem with Mr. Obama is that he actually believes most of the left wing claptrap that he uses to obscure the truth and trick the otherwise uninformed into voting for him. Even after over five years of being president, his pride prevents him from accepting that he is wrong. In Mr. Obama's foreign policy, peace is achieved through dialog and compromise. In the real world peace is achieved through fear. Wars end when people get tired of dying and killing. 

In Mr. Obama's world, Islam is a religion of peace. In the real world, Islam is a not a religion at all. It is a political system shrouded in religious overtones. It is used by the this world's powers to justify killing in the name of Allah. The emirs all have their own flavor of Islam which they export in order to spread their own influence in the name of Allah. They delude their followers into believing that their way is the one true way. In Obama's world, the Islamic call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” In the real world, Sharia is another name for oppression. 

I have personally speculated that perhaps Obama is not that interested in foreign policy. He seems to concentrate much of his time and effort into making sure that women are legally able to kill their unborn children, that people are able to define their lives by their own personal brand of fornication and that we would all be much happier trusting in him than "clinging to guns or religion."

Here is a snippet of Mr. Abrams' article along with a link to the full content on Politico. He fails to confess any culpability as a part of the Bush administration for its part in creating the present chaos in the middle east. President Obama certainly did not break the middle east all on his own. But Abrams shows a certain wisdom in explaining the present situation. I think it is worth reading.

The Man Who Broke the Middle East

Elliot Abrams
There’s always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia’s turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings. Where administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger.

The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today, terrorism has metastasized in Syria and Iraq, Jordan is at risk, the humanitarian toll is staggering, terrorist groups are growing fast and relations with U.S. allies are strained.

How did it happen? Begin with hubris: The new president told the world, in his Cairo speech in June 2009, that he had special expertise in understanding the entire world of Islam—knowledge “rooted in my own experience” because “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.” But President Obama wasn’t speaking that day in an imaginary location called “the world of Islam;” he was in Cairo, in the Arab Middle East, in a place where nothing counted more than power. “As a boy,” Obama told his listeners, “I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk.” Nice touch, but Arab rulers were more interested in knowing whether as a man he heard the approaching sound of gunfire, saw the growing threat of al Qaeda from the Maghreb to the Arabian Peninsula, and understood the ambitions of the ayatollahs as Iran moved closer and closer to a bomb.

Obama began with the view that there was no issue in the Middle East more central than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Five years later he has lost the confidence of both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and watched his second secretary of state squander endless efforts in a doomed quest for a comprehensive peace. Obama embittered relations with America’s closest ally in the region and achieved nothing whatsoever in the “peace process.” The end result in the summer of 2014 is to see the Palestinian Authority turn to a deal with Hamas for new elections that—if they are held, which admittedly is unlikely—would usher the terrorist group into a power-sharing deal. This is not progress.

The most populous Arab country is Egypt, where Obama stuck too long with Hosni Mubarak as the Arab Spring arrived, and then with the Army, and then the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, and now is embracing the Army again. Minor failings like the persecution of newspaper editors and leaders of American-backed NGOs, or the jailing of anyone critical of the powers-that-be at a given moment, were glossed over. When the Army removed an elected president, that was not really a “coup”—remember? And as the worm turned, we managed to offend every actor on Egypt’s political stage, from the military to the Islamists to the secular democratic activists. Who trusts us now on the Egyptian political scene? No one.

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