The Season of Living Dangerously
How the outgoing president has made our holidays hazardous.
Obama is the “most loquacious” president ever, George Will said on Fox News on Monday. Will then challenged guests Mercedes Schlapp and Charles Lane to recall something memorable the president had said. Nothing emerged, probably because broadcast time was running short.
After all, the outgoing president did make some memorable statements and some come to mind at this time of year, when Islamic terrorists are killing innocents by driving trucks into holiday crowds packed with women and children.
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” the president said in 2012.
That will be particularly memorable to Muslims, who construe anything less than worshipful of their prophet to be a “slander.” If a Muslim knows that the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, believes the future “must not” – a moral imperative – belong to such people, that could easily encourage violence against those perceived as slanderous of Islam’s prophet.
Muslims are also well aware that Obama refuses to mention Islam in connection with terrorism. If Muslims know that the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, will hold their religion blameless, that could easily encourage violence against non-Muslims.
During the past eight years, Islamic terrorists have inflicted much violence against non-Muslims in the United States. On November 5, 2009, at Ford Hood, Texas, U.S. soldiers were getting their final medical checkups before deploying to Afghanistan. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and self-proclaimed “Solider of Allah” began gunning down the soldiers, yelling “Allahu akbar,” as he killed.
His victims, all unarmed, included Francheska Velez, a 21-year-old private from Chicago who pleaded for the life of her unborn child. The Muslim major killed two other women that day along with 10 men, more than twice as many victims as the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. Hasan also wounded 33 others, including Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford, who played dead then fled the building. Major Hasan chased down Lunsford, an African-American, and shot him seven times, including one bullet in the back.
The Obama administration proclaimed this terrorist murder spree a case of “workplace violence,” an absurdity for the ages. With a Muslim perpetrator, the president could not even bring himself to call the murders an example “gun violence,” which he readily uses with non-Muslim perpetrators such as the Sandy Hook shooter.
In September 2012, Muslims attacked the U.S. compound in Benghazi killing four Americans including ambassador Chris Stevens. “That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world,” the President of the United States told the UN on September 25, 2012. “Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video,” the president said,” calling it “an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well.”
The President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were willing to blame a terrorist attack on a video perceived to be an “insult” to Muslims. That could easily encourage Muslims to step up attacks on non-Muslims, particularly Christians and Jews, during the holiday season.
Readers of The Audacity of Hope learn that the president attended a “predominantly Muslim” school in Indonesia. That could explain, at least in part, why he goes easy on Muslims who perpetrate violence, and refuses to connect Islam with terrorism.
The president also wants to admit more Islamic refugees, whether or not they are sufficiently vetted. Consider, for example, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Muslim refugee from Somalia, who recently rammed his car into a building at Ohio State University then began stabbing people, injuring 13.
Readers of the president’s Dreams from My Father will find no criticism of the Nation of Islam, which holds that a mad scientist named Yacub created people of no color such as William Wilberforce, Leonardo Da Vinci and Eleanor Roosevelt on the Isle of Patmos 6,000 years ago. Racists and anti-Semites might find that encouraging, and there was plenty of Islamic terrorism before the Dreams book came out in 1995.
For example, at the Munich Olympics in 1972 Palestinian terrorists massacred 11 Israeli athletes. The author of Dreams from My Father prefers to look the other way and readers find no condemnation of other terrorist acts such as the Achille Lauro hijacking and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer. Such memorable omissions could easily encourage Muslims seeking to perpetrate violence at mass gatherings during holidays, just as they targeted sporting events such as the Boston Marathon.
Meanwhile, during this year’s lighting of the national Christmas tree, the president and First Lady wished everybody a “merry Christmas.” If it turns out that way, it won’t be due to anything the president has said or done over the past eight years.
Muslim or otherwise, those who seek to harm the United States and kill Americans will have their best opportunity while the current president is still in office. The time from now until January 20 will be the season of living dangerously.