I heard and watched every word of Pres. Obama’s speech at the State Dept. Then I thought about what he said and how he said it. There is no doubt he is a gifted speaker. He deserved A plus in oratory, but F in content.
His vision and hearing are totally selective. He hears only what he wants to hear and sees only what he wants to see. He doesn’t let truth get in the way of a good story. He gloried in the quote of an anonymous demonstrator in Cairo, “We are all together, Moslems and Christians.” But he said not a word about the dozens of Coptic Christians who have been massacred since then by Moslems in at least two attacks on their churches, nor the thousands of Christians on a sit down strike before the Interior Ministry in Cairo demanding police protection. Apparently these inconvenient facts did not register on his radar screen.
He also praised the “democratic” government of Iraq to the skies, but said not a word about the hundreds of innocent people who were murdered by terrorists in Iraq in recent weeks and months.
He is entranced by the democratic outburst in Cairo, but won’t admit that Egypt now faces a choice between a continuation of the military dictatorship or an extremist government of the Moslem Brotherhood. He ignores the polls which show that more than 50% of the Egyptian public wants to abrogate the peace treaty with Israel. It is this Egypt to which he promises billions of dollars in new grants and loans, loan guarantees and forgiveness of a billion dollars of old debt, all supposedly to encourage the democratic revolution he insists on seeing.
By the way, is Saudi Arabia in the Middle East? Not once was it mentioned by him in a 45 minute speech, calling for equality of women and freedom of religion. He does not permit the inconvenient fact that these don’t exist in Saudi Arabia to interfere with his oratory. His mind is made up; don’t confuse him with facts.
The same selective vision and selective blindness are evident in his proposal to base the borders between Israel and a Palestinian Arab State on the 1949-1967 armistice lines, as though the Arab wars of aggression of 1967 and 1973 and the terrorism ever since, never happened.
He ignores the lessons of history and insists it will be different this time. Why? Because he says so. He may have good intentions, but Israel cannot commit national suicide, no matter how good the intentions of those who advise, “take risks for peace”.