CHARLOTTE, NC, January 12, 2015 – Nearly four million people showed up in Paris Sunday in a massive demonstration against Islamic terrorism.
President Barack Obama was not there. Neither was Vice President Joe Biden. Nor was Attorney General Eric Holder, although he was in Paris at that time. Holder was in the city and still did not participate.
The White House issued a statement about the glaring absence saying, “Security requirements for both President Obama and Vice President Biden are distracting during such events. For once this is not about us.“
Former Clinton pollster Doug Schoen was visibly embarrassed by the American snub. “This is a moral abdication of our role as the leader of the free world. The fact that the President of the United States was not marching, the Vice President wasn’t marching, the Secretary of State wasn’t marching, this is just terrible. It’s about leadership. The White House is just plain wrong. This is about every nation devoted to freedom, liberty and universal values,” said Schoen.
In the wake of the “religious revolution” that was called for by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi in early January, Obama’s decision makes the United States look even weaker.
On Cairo Today, a popular Egyptian television show, host ‘Amru Adib reinforced el-Sisi’s stance with powerful words to fellow Muslims. Adib asked several pointed questions.
If devoted Muslims cannot tolerate anything that is perceived to be against Islam, “Why are you, of your own free will, moving to these godless nations in the first place?” Adib asked.
Adib then posed a point that has been grossly ignored by Western media and liberals, “Are you, as Muslims, content with the fact that today we are all seen as terrorists by the world? We (Egyptians) used to bring civilization to the world, today what? – we are barbarians! Barbarians I tell you.”
The first part of Adib’s comments expose the fact that the West is always careful to counter any comments about Islam by saying “not all Muslims are radicals” or something to that effect. That is nothing more than Western double-talk. It is a CYA attitude.
Western societies must learn to stop using the terms “Islamic extremism” and “Muslim radicals.”
Islam is, by definition, “radical” when compared to the West. Moderate In the Muslim world, those who are attempting to re-establish the Caliphate are not radical. They are simply following the ideology of the Prophet Muhammad as taught in the Koran and the Hadith.
While Islamic actions may be “radical” to Western morals, the Islamists are merely following the blueprint that was outlined for them 14 centuries ago.
“Egyptians used to bring civilization to the world” is an accurate statement. However, Adib fails to mention that during the pinnacle of their civilization, Egyptians were not Muslim. Islam did not exist. Even so, Adib makes a valid point that Egypt was one of the great early civilizations of the world.
Finally, by telling fellow Muslims that they are “barbarians” is important because it was expressed by a follower of Islam. Such words cannot be used by Westerners, but when they are internal they bring a message that has been far too long in coming.
Adib continued, “In 2014, more Muslims were killed by other Muslims than all throughout history…In every Muslim country, we are killing each other – this has nothing (emphasis added) to do with non-Muslims mocking Islam!”
Muslims do indeed kill Muslims in large numbers. It is one of the seeming paradoxes of Islam. A paradox until one realizes that some sects of Islam regard other sects as being as non-Muslim as Christians and Jews. Therefore, to these Muslims who kill other Muslims, who they designate as a non-believer, they are carrying out part of the prophet’s ideology.
Adib concluded his remarks with his strongest admonition for his fellow Muslims. “Who put this hate in us? You’re going to tell me that terrorism exists because of Israel, because of the West, because of this and that, but the truth is, we are no longer tolerant Muslims.”
Aside from the fact the Islam has never been tolerant, Adib refers to a core tenet of Islam which is “justification” for their deeds.
If Muslims believe in their hearts that they are justified in their killing and terror, then they are, in fact, doing the will of Allah.
The “four million man” march in Paris was powerful. Even more, however, are the small number of internal voices of Islam who are now calling for reform.
And in the wake of all that, President Barack Obama further diminished the status of the United States on the global stage.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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