Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finally, A Decent Speech By Barack Obama, With One Disagreement

President Obama's speech about ISIS (also called ISIL) was one of his best.  For a change, it wasn't self-serving or pushing the far left agenda.  He told the truth about ISIS, mostly anyway.  Obama said, in part:
Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shi’a, by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can, for no other reason than they practice a different religion.
Islam has always murdered people who practice other religions, and Muslims are commanded by their prophet to do so, in an eternal war against the non-Muslim world.  ISIS is largely just following Mu's commandments.
They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people. So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.
"No faith teaches people to massacre innocents...No just god would stand for what they did yesterday...."
I absolutely agree with the second statement about "no just God," and that's why Allah is not a just god.  His "prophet," in several Koranic verses, does indeed command Muslims to "massacre innocents."  This is where Obama is wrong.  Two of those verses are below.

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them." [From The Religion of Peace]

Quran 9:5 (the infamous verse of the sword inciting mass murder):  "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful." [From Daniel Pipes]


Always On Watch said...

I can't imagine that he actually wrote that speech -- not that many Presidents do so.

Anyway, totally agree with your analysis, Stogie.

Stogie Chomper said...

Yes, I am sure he has speech writers.