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Monday, May 12, 2008

Obama, target

Hey, something I said here a while back, has been noticed by Edward Luttwak in the New York Times of all places>

Look here:


Luttwak (author of the how-to manual 'Coup d'etat') points out how the Muslim world will interpret Obama as an apostate Muslim and be out a'gunning for him.

But remember, you read it here first: http://rantsand.blogspot.com/2008/02/why-barack-hussein-obama.html

Some excerpts:

Of course, as most Americans understand it, Senator Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him.

His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).


Because no government is likely to allow the prosecution of a President Obama — not even those of Iran and Saudi Arabia, the only two countries where Islamic religious courts dominate over secular law — another provision of Muslim law is perhaps more relevant: it prohibits punishment for any Muslim who kills any apostate, and effectively prohibits interference with such a killing.

At the very least, that would complicate the security planning of state visits by President Obama to Muslim countries, because the very act of protecting him would be sinful for Islamic security guards. More broadly, most citizens of the Islamic world would be horrified by the fact of Senator Obama’s conversion to Christianity once it became widely known — as it would, no doubt, should he win the White House. This would compromise the ability of governments in Muslim nations to cooperate with the United States in the fight against terrorism, as well as American efforts to export democracy and human rights abroad.


  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger Brigitte said…

    Oh Steven....

    You are such an intelligent guy, and I've never met anyone in Europe who was as well educated and intelligent as you and as right-wing at the same time. That hardly exists, it actually hurts.

    People as right-wing as you are normally uneducated in Western Europe (forget the East)..

    I've had my share of east Europeans and their hangups due to my work, thank you very much. Since I like Monica, I won't comment on them.

    And: Since I am dealing with them all the time at the highest political levels, I'd say that they have never arrived in the latter part of the 20th century, let alone the 21st. Even if their politicians pretend otherwise, the people to a large extent are as primitive in their thinking as people like your much-revered John Bolton is. So I wouldn't have minded at all - nor would most of the rest of the old EU, if one ever dared to coduct an honest poll about it - if they had joined the US instead of joining the EU. They wold have felt at home.

    Yeah, Steven, you are the only one I've ever encountered who has got the knowledge and the brains but still would be considered extreme right-wing in Europe. The conclusions you are jumping to in your posts are unworthy of your brains, normally they are primitive, occasionally, they are outright fascist. Half of your country is fascistoid, so I am not surprised that you don't notice it yourself. But I do notice. And any European intellectual would notice it immediately. You are in league with people who've only got half your brain.

    Still, what a waste of a good intellect!

  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger Colby said…

    I have been pondering this for months actually. I would like for some reporter to get the phrase, "I am an apostate Muslim" to come from his lips though. I don't think it will happen, but it may in light of his recent media debacle with his (former) pastor.

    Imagine if he won the presidential election and he had to negotiate with the wahibi House of Saud as an apostate Muslim... Let the hilarity ensue! We might even get to see video footage of one head of state try to personally take out another head of state.


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