Thursday, June 4, 2009

Does he make it up as he goes along?

British columnist, Melanie Phillips, has an interesting take on Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo which was intended to heal rifts with Muslims.

There were many things he said that disturbed her, but these ones caught my attention.

Obama said,

For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding. This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia.

I wasn’t around in 1861 but my history book tells me that the United States started to fight a civil war that to this day is the bloodiest war America ever fought. By the time it ended in 1865, 632,000 Americans had lost their lives. The war was fought over the issue of black slavery, and it was mostly white men who died for this cause.

I was around in the mid-1960s when several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and Detroit were convulsed with race riots which burned down large sections of the inner cities. It was that as much as anything done by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. that brought full civil rights to the blacks in America.

I was also around in the md-1950s when the U.S. federal government had to send troops to enforce the right of black students to attend white schools at the point of bayonets.

As Obama frequently likes to say that he wasn’t around then, I guess we will have to forgive him for his appalling ignorance of his own country’s history.

Here is another Obama special,

The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

The Koran teaches no such thing. Judaism teaches that. The Koran authorizes the killing of Jews and unbelievers.

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