Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Barack Obama and the Rise of the Radical Jihad


One of the best analysts of the ongoing Arab war against the Jews, although I do not know that he would put it quite in those terms, is Professor Barry Rubin of Rubin Reports.  Dr. Rubin is "a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, the Director of the Global Research and International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and a Senior Fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism. Rubin has written and edited more than 40 books on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, with publishers including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge University Press."

Last November 8, Rubin published an article entitled, "It’s Official: Obama Administration Promotes Islamist Regimes; Insists They are Moderate." I want to go through this article slowly over the coming days because it seems obvious to me that one of the major screw-ups of the Obama administration has been in the welcoming of the rise of the Radical Jihad during the early weeks and months of the misnamed "Arab Spring." There is little doubt that the "Arab Spring" is really either the "Islamist Spring" or perhaps the "Arab Winter," but what it is not shaping up to be is a widespread movement for secular democracy in the Arab world.  The "Facebook Kids," or whatever they were dubbed at the time, fizzled to no one's great surprise.

Instead what we are getting are politicians, like Obama, and any number of newspapers or journals suggesting that the Jihad maybe isn't so bad, after all. The Muslim Brotherhood is a "moderate" organization we are told by high level Obama officials like Eric Holder.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggests that some Islamists are better than others and that therefore some Jihadis are OK.

Needless to say, this trend in Obama's foreign policy is a catastrophe as it legitimizes the Jihad and therefore also, by necessity, legitimizes Jihadi genocidal Jew hatred. This was not Obama's intention, merely his effect, and it is one of the major reasons why we need to work against his reelection. Jews are running for the hills out of the Democratic Party and this president may prove dangerous to the Jewish state, if not the Jewish people, if he wins a second term.

No US president who stands by and watches as Iran goes nuclear and urges the rise of Radical Islam in the Middle East can possibly be considered a president that is good either for America or for the Jewish people.  Could that not possibly be more obvious?

Anyway, on to Professor Rubin tomorrow.

Heck, I may end up writing some of this on a plane, because Laurie and I head to Israel within the coming week.

Happy Chanukah to all.



  1. Though I don't necessarily agree with all you say, and in particular some things you say about those of us on the pro-Israel Left; I ABSOLUTELY want to wish you and Laurie a wonderful trip to Israel.  Wish I was there.  Have a fantastic time, and savor every second!

  2. Fantastic time?

    Savor every second?

    Who the fuck do you think that you are talking to, Jay?

    I expect the whole 37 hours getting over there to be nothing but pure misery punctuated by brief moments of glee while watching Big Bang Theory on my laptop.

    And, needless to say, the whole fucking time I will be wondering what in G-d's name I could possibly have to say about the trip and do I even want to live blog, which I do not think that I do.

    {You guys can thank me now for that.}

    But what I want more than anything else is to simply sit in a cafe in Jerusalem, in Haifa, in Tel Aviv, and just be in country.  

    Sights. Language. The smell of food. 

    The last thing that I want to do is run around like a fucking maniac trying to see everything all at once.

    And then, of course, there is the Great Falafel Question?

    The best falafel that I have ever had is in the Saturday farmer's market at Grand Lake in Oakland.  A newly discovered delicious falafel resource, I tell you.

    But we shall see who wins the Great Falafel Challenge!


  3. Heh, I'd be counting down too.


    Don't bother with a liveblog.  Just take notes in your head, and then write about it when you get back.  You'll have all the time in the world then, after all...

    But yeah, definitely let us know about the food!

  4. Have a great time karma but don't you be burning any olive trees or dancing naked with the Hilltop Youth ya right wing extremist Islamophobe.....;)

    (joking of course...did I miss any of the memes?)