Monday, June 01, 2009

Addressing the Muslim “World”: Arrogance and Ignorance Aplenty in White House

To speak to the "Muslim world", is to speak not to a fact, but rather to an aspiration, and that is the aspiration that Islam shall be a global state religion as its founders intended. To address this aspiration is to breathe life into it. For an American president to validate such an aspiration is madness. America is not at war with Islam, unless, that is, Islam were to take a political form that threatens America's global interests. These interests include friendly relationships with nation-states that have a Muslim majority, such as Egypt, Turkey and Jordan. To address "the Muslim world" is to conjure up a prospective enemy, for global political Islam only can exist as the enemy of the nation-states with which America has allied....Wrong Venue for Obama's Muslim Speech, Asia Times, 6/1/2009

The parade of the arrogant is always marked by some obvious absurdity. In the old fairy tale, the king is unaware that in his new fashion he is stark naked. The man walking backwards off a cliff on a Tarot card is smiling – nothing could go wrong. Captain Smith knows the ship is unsinkable. Ignoring basic principles in physics is all right as long as the flight director believes in the shuttle's mission.

It never changes, and, as one ages, one hopes that such a leader doesn't stand at America's helm. We're those drunks that God always bails out in the end, right? One hopes it's still true.

One can hope for a lot of things.


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