Ever since the Norwegian Nobel moguls decided to preemptively award Barack Obama their peace prize, I’ve been even more worried than I was the day Americans elected the community organizer who couldn’t even bring peace to a single Chicago neighborhood, much less to the whole world. I thought at the time that giving Obama the peace prize on the merits of a bunch of empty rhetoric and a lot of obsequious bowing, scraping, and apologizing for America was the worst message the Nobel folks could send to bad guys intent on wreaking havoc.
The Nobel “thinkers” declared in October of ’09 — less than one year after our neophyte took the helm as leader of the free world — that “Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics.” The Norwegians glorified in the new partnership of nations, which Obama had signaled with his relegation of American exceptionalism to “every nation is exceptional” irrelevance.
What were those Nobel idiots thinking? The Western Europeans — the whole lot of lousy ingrates on the other side of the pond — have been so thoroughly spoilt by America’s defense generosity since WWII that they actually seemed to have believed the whole world was set to play pat-a-cake once the evil cowboy war-starter was sent back to Texas. “Kumbaya” was set to become the new watchword by which all evil players sat around the campfires singing “We Are the World” while they swizzled a Coca Cola.
Apparently, this was the lovely, fantastical world scenario which guided the Peace Prize people. Obama got his ostentatious medal and some prize money which he promised to charity, and the world got more calamity from the get-go.
The Obama doctrines of “Suck-up to Islam,” “Kiss the behind of the Russian Bear,” “Bow and scrape to the Chinese,” “Promise everyone everything,” and “America brings teleprompters with smiley faces” have produced anything but more peace and tranquility. Ignoring the history of evil in the world is truly not the mark of high intelligence.
At the moment, however, President Obama has his chance to actually earn that Nobel Peace Prize, and I, for one, am praying mightily that he somehow manages to pull it off right here, right now.
One would need to be a complete ninny not to see the purely maudlin irony in Obama’s Cairo moment.
Cairo was, after all, the city graced with the privilege of our peacemaker’s first international speech. To Cairo Obama’s teleprompters went, all decked out in smiley-faced, Kumbaya-singing fashion. In June 2009, less than six months after taking office, the president and his huge entourage went to Egypt to introduce the first of the Obama doctrines: “Suck-up to Islam.” The president had all the proper props, down to and including growing a respectful-to-Muslims mustache and the properly pronounced Islamic (from one Muslim to another) greeting: “assalaamu alaykum.” In a move squarely in line with his newly introduced “Suck-up to Islam” doctrine, Obama took special pains to reach out to the Muslim world from Cairo, even filling his speech with false history and fake accolades to Islam’s grand contributions to world peace and prosperity.
As the editors at IBD put it this week in their “Will Obama Lose Egypt” editorial, “Barack Obama sure picked a foolish place to give a community-organizing speech.” I couldn’t agree more, but the jab gives me no pleasure as the world stands at the brink.
Jimmy Carter doddered forth to church in Plains this week to reassure everyone that the hard-line Islamization of our most strategic ally in the Middle East is not going to happen, because he presumably has it on good authority that the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t involved in the ongoing revolution in Egypt. As another infamous Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter ought inspire no more confidence today than in 1979, when he personally let the Islamic-aggression genie out of its bottle and unleashed the modern terror armies wreaking havoc to this very moment.
The shah of Iran was in no way a good guy, although despite his harsh dealings with dissidents (Islamic hard-liners) and his autocratic rule, he was quickly modernizing Iran and bringing more and more prosperity to the people there. The Ayatollah Khomeini, thought by Carter advisers to be “holy” and “some kind of saint,” proved long before the formation of al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood that the Muslims’ “holy man” template was quite disparate from our own.
Currently, the Egyptians are revolting against a regime which has kept them mired in less-than-prosperous conditions, much less free. To be sure, there are modern-minded democracy fighters among the hordes of Egyptian protesters. But I think that anyone believing the Muslim Brotherhood is not the prime entity poised to take power is a bit round the bend at this point.
A scary tidbit was included in the IBD editorial yesterday, “Will Obama Lose Egypt?”:
In 2009, the Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum reported that President Obama secretly met in Washington that year with representatives of Egypt’s jihadist Muslim Brotherhood, the Hamas ally that, while banned, dominates the opposition in the country.
Which brings me to my greatest fear in Obama’s Cairo moment. Have we elected a president who believes that the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Egypt — and the Suez Canal, don’t forget — would actually be a feather in his peacemaker’s cap? Has all of Obama’s obsequious bowing and sucking up to Islam been a signal that he really believes Islam is a genuine religion of peace? Does Obama think that allowing Egypt to fall to Islamic hard-liners will force upon Israelis all the concessions he has been unable to get from them? And that once Israel is subdued under the Islamic boot, all will be well and the reign of Kumbaya will be here at last?
Because, folks, if this possibility contains even a single grain of truth, then the world as we know it may be verily about to shift in ways never imagined. And that 3 a.m. phone call will have been answered in a way no American could have ever predicted. I shudder just to think of it.