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They were "lying for peace" and Rubin absolutely refused to do it.
In a 2009 piece entitled, Truth, Logic, Rationality and The Israel-Palestinian Conflict: “Lying for Peace” to Protect Fatah, Rubin wrote:
In other words, without fear or favor, figure out what’s going on and say so honestly. You don’t have to “lie for peace”; or tell fibs because you like “doves” and dislike “hawks”; or because you are on the left so you don’t want to give “aid and comfort” to those on the right; or because you really know best for the people involve so you load the dice.Rubin believed that far too many of his colleagues, both in journalism and in scholarship, skewed their conclusions in order to bring about a desired political result. He considered this not only a sin against the very foundation of both scholarship and journalism, but an entirely counterproductive measure that could do nothing but delay an honest reckoning of accounts. Rubin believed that lying for peace did not only not bring peace, but extended the length and ferocity of conflicts because important essential truths were never faced.
First you figure out what’s happening and THEN you reach a conclusion, rather than the other way around.
And this is why - I suspect - that Barack Obama continually lies about the nature and history of the Islamic faith.
Nonetheless, why he lies about Islam is open to question, but that he lies about Islam is not.
So let’s start with this fact: For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam -- peace. The standard greeting is as-salamu alaykum -- peace be upon you. And like so many faiths, Islam is rooted in a commitment to compassion and mercy and justice and charity.This is false.
Barack Obama, for obvious reasons, has closer ties, and thus knowledge, of the Islamic world than any US president before him. He spent his early years in Indonesia studying in an Islamic school and, thus, had to know - certainly by the time he became a full-grown President of the United States - that the meaning of the Arabic word Islam is not "peace" but "submission."
So let's start with this fact. Barack Obama lied through his teeth in a mosque filled with Muslims, many of whom knew better. Any self-professed Muslim with the least bit of knowledge concerning his or her own faith knows very well that Obama lied about Islam. Certainly the older and more serious and more knowledgeable members of the Islamic Society of Baltimore knew that he was lying, but they also knew that he was lying in their favor.
My own biases tell me that if Obama were to lie in favor of Judaism, he would never hear the end of it from these kvetching Jews. Jews would write articles and emails and make nasty phone calls and would argue in the streets with one another, stamping their feet and waving their arms around, had Obama the temerity to lie about Judaism in a positive way.
But, just why did he lie about Islam?
He lied for peace!
Furthermore, this lie was not even directed at Muslims. It was directed at you.
It was directed at non-Muslim Americans who, given the daily fact of violent Jihad around the world, might get the impression that the Islamic doctrine of Jihad could have something to do with the Islamic doctrine of Jihad... and that is simply unacceptable.
Because the truth could make American Muslims feel vulnerable, Barack Obama lies to the American public in the hope of creating a positive and amicably pluralistic American cultural atmosphere. His motivation for lying is the very same motivation that Rubin complains about concerning his colleagues who also, counterproductively, lie for peace.
He wants to set things right via deception.
In his pivotal 2009 speech before the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, Obama said:
The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent is as -- it is as if he has killed all mankind. And the Holy Koran also says whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.This is also a lie, although in this case it is a lie of omission.
Obama mangled Sura 5:32, in part by leaving out Sura 5:33.
Sura 5:32 reads:
Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.This is actually an admonishment to the "Children of Israel." It is in the Talmud that we read the above noble sentiment. What we do not have in the Talmud, however, is the punishment for those Jewish "transgressors" that we get in the Qur'an.
The sweet sentiment above, in the Qur'an, is immediately followed by Sura 5:33, which reads:
Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,For some unknown reason Obama left out the bit about crucifying Jewish transgressors or the chopping off of a hand and a foot on opposite sides of the body.
What kind of religion of peace and compassion and sweetness and all-things-good, recommends the chopping off of a hand and a foot from opposite sides of the body as a matter of justice?
And, again, why did Obama lie to the world about the nature of Islam?
He did so, because he lies for peace.
This time, however, he did not merely lie to the American people about the nature of Islam, but lied to the entire world about the nature of Islam. He did so, I am sure, in the sincere hope that people might start "making nice" and hopefully ease the violently psychotic Islamic dream of reestablishing the Caliphate.
Lying for peace, however, did not work, as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Chief Head Chopper of the Islamic State (IS), would readily confirm.
The conflict, on the Muslim end, is theocratic and ideological and the Qur'an rallies the "believers" to war against the filthy kuffar, the hypocritical "unbelievers" in an exceedingly material, worldly, and violent manner.
Whatever else Islam may be, for the "unbeliever" Islam is emphatically not a religion of "compassion and mercy and justice and charity."