Are you kidding me? … [my comments in blue italic]


Remarks by the President at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism | February 19, 2015 -- State Department; Washington, D.C.

Yesterday at the White House, we welcomed community groups from the United States, and some from your countries, to focus on how we can empower communities to protect their families and friends and neighbors from violent ideologies and recruitment.  And over the coming months, many of your countries will host summits to build on the work here and to prepare for the General Assembly. 

Today, I want to suggest some areas where I believe we can focus on as governments.       

First, we must remain unwavering in our fight against terrorist organizations.  And in Afghanistan, our coalition is focused on training and assisting Afghan forces, and we’ll continue to conduct counterterrorism missions against the remnants of al Qaeda in the tribal regions.  When necessary, the United States will continue to take action against al Qaeda affiliates in places like Yemen and Somalia.  We will continue to work with partners to help them build up their security forces so that they can prevent ungoverned spaces where terrorists find safe haven, and so they can push back against groups like al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.

[Yada, Yada, Yada – same old crap as if Obama thinks giving a speech is tantamount to taking action against those who kill innocents. Where was Obama when little boys were being buried alive, when little girls were being raped and then murdered. What have you heard about Boko Haram, except that they continue killing, maiming, burning and looting.]

In Iraq and Syria, our coalition of some 60 nations, including Arab nations, will not relent in our mission to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.  And as a result of a separate ministerial here yesterday, many of our governments will be deepening our cooperation against foreign terrorist fighters by sharing more information and making it harder for fighters to travel to and from Syria and Iraq. 

[Where is this mythical coalition and where is its financial and military support?  You don’t degrade the enemy, you kill them and break their infrastructure. Has anyone noticed that we are bombing mostly empty buildings?]

Related to this, and as I said at the United Nations last fall, nations need to break the cycles of conflict -- especially sectarian conflict -- that have become magnets for violent extremism.  In Syria, Assad’s war against his own people and deliberate stoking of sectarian tensions helped to fuel the rise of ISIL.  And in Iraq, with the failure of the previous government to govern in an inclusive manner, it helped to pave the way for ISIL’s gains there

[Excuse me! Does President not know, or does he choose to ignore, a holy war between the sects of Islam, the majority Sunni and minority Shia, has been raging for decades? Where the Shia are regarded as apostates and need to be ethnically cleansed? As for Assad, has anyone noticed that Assad, despicable as he may be, is the good guy here? Protecting minority sects and attacking those who wished to overthrow his nation on behalf of outside forced? And, the failures of the “previous government” of Iraq can be laid directly at the feet of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. They are the reason ISIL gained a foothold.]

The Syrian civil war will only end when there is an inclusive political transition and a government that serves Syrians of all ethnicities and religions.  And across the region, the terror campaigns between Sunnis and Shia will only end when major powers address their differences through dialogue, and not through proxy wars.  So countering violent extremism begins with political, civic and religious leaders rejecting sectarian strife. 

[Is our President delusional? Assad had an inclusive policy and protected minorities. It was his opposition that wanted to turn Syria into a theocratic state governed by Sharia law and ethnically cleanse all that did not agree. If  Obama thinks he is that powerful as to bring peace to the Sunnis and Shia, he should be institutionalized as being majorly delusional.]

Second, we have to confront the warped ideologies espoused by terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL, especially their attempt to use Islam to justify their violence.  I discussed this at length yesterday.  These terrorists are desperate for legitimacy.  And all of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorist narrative. 

[Perhaps the President thinks he is speaking to ignorant Americans, but the truth is that al Qaeda and ISIL represent the purest forms of traditional Islam as practiced since the days of the Prophet Muhammed. As traditional as the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia who spread their doctrine around the globe and finance global terrorist jihadists. You cannot refute the notion that groups like ISIL represent Islam, because they do – and do so as it is commanded in the Qur’an.]

At the same time, we must acknowledge that groups like al Qaeda and ISIL are deliberately targeting their propaganda to Muslim communities, particularly Muslim youth.  And Muslim communities, including scholars and clerics, therefore have a responsibility to push back, not just on twisted interpretations of Islam, but also on the lie that we are somehow engaged in a clash of civilizations; that America and the West are somehow at war with Islam or seek to suppress Muslims; or that we are the cause of every ill in the Middle East

[Islam is fundamentally incompatible with other cultures: there is but one God, and that is Allah, and there is but one way, that is through the Qur’an and Sharia Law. There is no dissent, no tolerance, no separation of church and state, and no options for unbelievers except conversion, enslavement, or death. Religious freedom is picking the place to pray five times per day. The West is at War with an unreformed Islam. And, the only one claiming the United States and its colonialist power is the cause of global ills is President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats.]

That narrative sometimes extends far beyond terrorist organizations.  That narrative becomes the foundation upon which terrorists build their ideology and by which they try to justify their violence.  And that hurts all of us, including Islam, and especially Muslims, who are the ones most likely to be killed. 

Obviously, there is a complicated history between the Middle East, the West.  And none of us I think should be immune from criticism in terms of specific policies, but the notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie. And all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it

[Islam has declared war on America – the 9/11 attack on American soil being as definitive as the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. Reject it at your peril. Hitler told the world what he would do and he did it. The Muslims have told the world what they are going to do, and they are doing it.]

At the same time, former extremists have the opportunity to speak out, speak the truth about terrorist groups, and oftentimes they can be powerful messengers in debunking these terrorist ideologies.  One said, “This wasn’t what we came for, to kill other Muslims.”  Those voices have to be amplified.

[Most of the speechifying takes place in America where it is safe, and if those same words were spoken in front of Islamists, the speaker would be killed as an apostate. Killing Muslims is what it is all about as the Sunnis would kill the apostate Shia before turning to the infidels.]

And governments have a role to play.  At minimum, as a basic first step, countries have a responsibility to cut off funding that fuels hatred and corrupts young minds and endangers us all. We need to do more to help lift up voices of tolerance and peace, especially online. 

[Does this moron of a President not know that we pay terrorists who spread hatred and corrupt young minds  when we send “humanitarian” funds to the Palestinians and other Islamists?]

That’s why the United States is joining, for example, with the UAE to create a new digital communications hub to work with religious and civil society and community leaders to counter terrorist propaganda.  Within the U.S. government, our efforts will be led by our new coordinator of counterterrorism communications -- and I’m grateful that my envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Rashad Hussain, has agreed to serve in this new role.  So the United States will do more to help counter hateful ideologies, and today I urge your nations to join us in this urgent work.     

[Does this bozo not realize that the UAE is one of the greatest funders, along with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, of terrorism? Is he looking to create another Al Jazeera like the propaganda arm of Qatar?]   

Third, we must address the grievances that terrorists exploit, including economic grievances.  As I said yesterday, poverty alone does not cause a person to become a terrorist, any more than poverty alone causes someone to become a criminal.  There are millions, billions of people who are poor and are law-abiding and peaceful and tolerant, and are trying to advance their lives and the opportunities for their families. 

But when people -- especially young people -- feel entirely trapped in impoverished communities, where there is no order and no path for advancement, where there are no educational opportunities, where there are no ways to support families, and no escape from injustice and the humiliations of corruption -- that feeds instability and disorder, and makes those communities ripe for extremist recruitment.  And we have seen that across the Middle East and we've seen it across North Africa.  So if we’re serious about countering violent extremism, we have to get serious about confronting these economic grievances

[Great! Part of the solution is great ole socialist wealth redistribution. Perhaps Obama has not understood that many of these nations are ruled by absolute monarchs who share only enough with their people to keep them from overthrowing the government. With much being spent on arms to protect the regime and the status quo. We are not about to provide jobs to Islamists when we cant provide jobs to our own people in Detroit, Chicago, Oakland, South Central Los Angeles, and elsewhere.]

Here, at this summit, the United States will make new commitments to help young people, including in Muslim communities, to forge new collaborations in entrepreneurship and science and technology.  All our nations can reaffirm our commitment to broad-based development that creates growth and jobs, not just for the few at the top, but for the many.  We can step up our efforts against corruption, so a person can go about their day and an entrepreneur can start a business without having to pay a bribe

[By all means, let us educate them in nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare. Let us make them engineers to build ballistic missiles instead of power plants that work. And, Obama has the temerity to mention bribery – what the hell does he consider lobbying Congress and the Administration if not legalized extortion and bribery?]

And as we go forward, let’s commit to expanding education, including for girls.  Expanding opportunity, including for women.  Nations will not truly succeed without the contributions of their women.  This requires, by the way, wealthier countries to do more.  But it also requires countries that are emerging and developing to create structures of governance and transparency so that any assistance provided actually works and reaches people.  It's a two-way street.   

[Let us provide drivers’ licenses for women in Saudi Arabia. Let us demand that women be officially allowed to shake the hands of powerful political and religious leaders in a receiving line. Let us demand that women walk with the men, not three paces behind. And, as for transparency – let us not use that word because it certainly does not describe the Obama Administration.]    

Fourth, we have to address the political grievances that terrorists exploit.  Again, there is not a single perfect causal link, but the link is undeniable.  When people are oppressed, and human rights are denied -- particularly along sectarian lines or ethnic lines -- when dissent is silenced, it feeds violent extremism.  It creates an environment that is ripe for terrorists to exploit.  When peaceful, democratic change is impossible, it feeds into the terrorist propaganda that violence is the only answer available.

[Excuse me! The people are being repressed by their own governments headed by dictators and tyrants. With some kept in great luxury and others in abject poverty. Perhaps Obama should speak to the Islamists about wealth inequality and the benefits of socialism?]

And so we must recognize that lasting stability and real security require democracy.  That means free elections where people can choose their own future, and independent judiciaries that uphold the rule of law, and police and security forces that respect human rights, and free speech and freedom for civil society groups.  And it means freedom of religion -- because when people are free to practice their faith as they choose, it helps hold diverse societies together.

[Obama must be absolutely freakin nuts; but then again he is saying these things for domestic consumption and would not repeat his words in a foreign capital. Democracy is more than allowing people to vote for pre-arranged candidates; especially if the electorate is illiterate and coerced by even a semi-organized effort to get out the vote. The only state in the Middle East that meets Obama’s criteria is Israel – and he apparently hates Jews and Israelis with a passion. A passion that is likely to see Iran get a nuclear weapon and erase our only ally in the region, Israel, from the face of the Earth. Just as former President Jimmy Carter is the father of radical Islamo-fascism, it may be that former President Barack Obama is responsible for another holocaust. But then again, if Obama is truly a Muslim, that is a good thing because it may signify the return of the final Prophet and the beginning of the new Caliphate.]

And finally, we have to ensure that our diverse societies truly welcome and respect people of all faiths and backgrounds, and leaders set the tone on this issue.

[Can’t wait for the Jews to be given tours of Islamic holy cities like Mecca and Medina like everyone is welcome in Jerusalem – enough said.]

Groups like al Qaeda and ISIL peddle the lie that some of our countries are hostile to Muslims.  Meanwhile, we’ve also seen, most recently in Europe, a rise in inexcusable acts of anti-Semitism, or in some cases, anti-Muslim sentiment or anti-immigrant sentiment.  When people spew hatred towards others -- because of their faith or because they’re immigrants -- it feeds into terrorist narratives.  If entire communities feel they can never become a full part of the society in which they reside, it feeds a cycle of fear and resentment and a sense of injustice upon which extremists prey.  And we can’t allow cycles of suspicions to tear at the fabric of our countries. 

[Time for a little multi-culturalism and moral equivalence and the dance of distraction.]            

So we all recognize the need for more dialogues across countries and cultures; those efforts are indeed important.  But what’s most needed today, perhaps, are more dialogues within countries -- not just across faiths, but also within faiths.
Violent extremists and terrorists thrive when people of different religions or sects pull away from each other and are able to isolate each other and label them as “they” as opposed to “us;” something separate and apart.  So we need to build and bolster bridges of communication and trust.

We are all in the same boat.  We have to help each other.  In this work, you will have a strong partner in me and the United States of America.

[The loud laughter you hear is from our allies who know he is lying and the applause is coming from our enemies as they celebrate the weakness of Obama and the America he purports to lead.]

Read more of this drivel at: Remarks by the President at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism | February 19, 2015 | The White House

Bottom line …

Once again, President Obama condemns himself to the dustbin of history with his inane and untruthful remarks. Even Obama’s TelePrompTer is smarter than he appears to be.

This sounds more like social justice for Islamists than a way to defeat the Islamists. But, did anyone note that bin Laden came from a wealthy family, most of the serious terrorists are from middle- and upper-class families and are fighting for their faith, not their economic future?

-- steve

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