In “Dreams From My Father” President Obama discusses extensively his father’s anti-colonial spirit and motivations. Were this simply a documentary about his father and not a blueprint for the President’s own view of the world, the book might have been better titled, “Dreams Of My Father.” I can only presume that the President, a person with several college degrees, made a conscious choice in entitling his work.
It will come as no secret that the most fundamental goal of most extreme Islamic cadres is this – the complete and utter destruction of Israel. Those are not my words but theirs.
Corollary to that is the undermining of those governments it sees as supporting the continuance of the Israeli state – notably the United States and the United Kingdom ( but pretty much any western, non-Islamic country may be included in the list).
The United States is an obvious choice for their anger as this country has been a stalwart in supporting the tiny Israeli state militarily and philosophically, at least until the current Administration took office. And Great Britain, who accepted the responsibility of providing a safe environment for the Jews who chose to immigrate to Palestine by the mandate of the League of Nations, is also an obvious target for their anger.
Americans have a very limited and often incorrect view of Islam. They view most Muslims as nomadic Arabs, riding around the desert on camels and brandishing scimitars. The fact is that while the most holy places of Islam, Mecca and Medina are in Saudi Arabia, most of the world’s Muslims are not Arabic. This confusion is added to by the fact that all prayers and services in Islam, wherever they are conducted, are offered in the Arabic language – a requirement the Prophet Muhammad set out in the Koran and in various hadiths (sayings attributed to him).
If we were to look at the Muslim perspective in terms of today’s software technology, Islam would be God’s Revelation 3.0; Christianity 2.0; Judaism 1.0. Islam is, of course, God’s ultimate revelation. There is no religion 4.0 waiting in the wings to be unveiled. We have seen that whether it is for religious or secular reasons, whenever anyone or any group believes itself in possession of “ultimate truth” there are no boundaries that may not be breeched in their attempt to “purify” the world according to their sense of righteousness and correctness.
As examples we have the ruthlessness of Joshua (famous for the battle of Jericho), we have the Inquisition, we have Hitler and Stalin, and today we have radical, fundamentalist Islam. All are outgrowths of the same mentality – they believed that they and they alone were right – and would brook no interference from any who would stand in their way.
To return to the title of this post, why would radical Islam want to see an Obama victory? Perhaps it is because they feel that of the two candidates, he would be less decisive in supporting the State of Israel than Governor Romney, thus allowing them to pursue their goal of annihilating the country and its people.
What support can I offer for this speculative theory?
First, the greatest and longest lasting colonial empire of all time had to be the British Empire on which, at one time, the sun never set. Consider how Obama’s anti-colonial father, once a subject of that very empire in his native Kenya must have viewed these intruders in his land. And if he passed those views along to his son, would that not explain why our relationship with our closest ally has become strained under the Obama Administration.
Second, consider the remarks that were made recently by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has been warning that Iran is extremely close to developing sufficient enriched uranium to make an atomic device. In recent days he did everything but endorse Mitt Romney for President of the United States. It is clear that he feels that his country has a greater chance of surviving a potential new holocaust under a Romney presidency than under one at which Obama is at the helm.
In a curious way, the views of radical Islam and of President Obama dovetail. If we are to believe that the President shares his father’s views on colonialism, then it is not a far reach to see why radical Islam is comfortable with him because they also have an anti-colonial viewpoint – seeing the State of Israel as a colony created through the aegis of the Western powers – a colony of which they believe they are the rightful owners, endowed in that status by Allah.
The State Department initially categorized the attack on the the U. S. embassy in Libya as a spontaneous, unorganized reaction to the You Tube video which demeaned the Prophet Muhammad. After several days of reviewing the events around this tragedy, the State Department changed its view and determined that the attack was anything but disorganized but was as well co-ordinated and planned as the events that took place on 9/11/01 here at home.
Why this attack at this particular time? It is not hard to conjecture that with what has been widely advertised as a hotly contested and close Presidential race, it was to give support to incumbent Obama. People have a tendency to stay with the same horse in a crisis, thinking that at least that horse knows the race course, even if he’s lagging behind the field. Ask those who voted President Bush into a second term because of the then ongoing war in Iraq how well that theory worked for them.
There is no question in my mind that Mitt Romney is a lightweight in international affairs. There is also no question in my mind that President Obama hasn’t bulked up very much on the subject either in his four years in office. And lastly, there is no question in my mind that one of the brightest politicians on the planet, Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is perhaps in the best position to know, has thrown his support in favor of a Romney presidency.
That suggests that Israel’s arch-enemy, radical Islam would prefer President Obama for a second term and will do it’s best to see that he is re-elected, by whatever means they have at their disposal.