BY TAREK FATAH ,QMI AGENCY
“A decade of war is now ending,” declared President Barack Obama in his Monday inaugural address. He then looked to his right and paused. For a fleeting moment, I braced for some profound words of wisdom, but alas, was disappointed.
Instead of elaborating on why he thought the war had ended, when the enemy that attacked western civilization on 9/11 was stronger than ever and had killed three Americans just a week ago in Algeria, Obama veered off to boast, “An economic recovery has begun.”
The fact is, a decade of war may be ending for Obama, but his policies have ensured a century of conflict lies ahead for the rest of us.
He proclaimed, “We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.”
I’m sorry, Mr. President, but you seem to be mistaking the tyranny of the majority for democracy. The “democracy” you fostered in Egypt, for example, has led to the loss of freedom, not the flourishing of liberty.
The toppling of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya resulted not just in the death of Americans in Tripoli, but the flourishing and growth of al-Qaida in Mali and Algeria. While your predecessor’s gamble in Iraq handed over the country to America’s archenemy Iran, you sir have given away Africa to the rogues.
What was once a cabal, trapped in the caves near Kabul, is today a worldwide movement spread from the southern shores of the Philippines lapping the Pacific to the African coastline of the Atlantic.
I was expecting Obama to outline his grand scheme to confront the spreading cancer of ideological Islamofascism before it devours us, but instead he bragged: “… we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.”
Pray tell me, Mr. President, which sworn enemy in the last decade did you turn into the “surest of friends”? And if you are referring to Japan and Germany, if I recall, they surrendered before the war ended.
In the case of Islamism’s war on the West, none of our contemporary enemies have surrendered, let alone acknowledged the futility of their actions.
In fact, America’s most devious and dangerous enemy, the Pakistan Army, is the recipient of billions of dollars of U.S. aid, part of which is diverted to foster hate, and if possible, kill Americans.
The country’s leading nuclear scientist, MIT-educated Pervez Hoodbhoy, who serves as Advisor to the UN Secretary General on matters of Nuclear Disarmament, writes in his book Confronting the Bomb:
“Pakistani army insiders in collusion with an external Islamic group could be plotting to appropriate nuclear assets, unknown to authorities entrusted with protecting these.”
Describing the American-funded Pakistani army as “a heavily Islamicised rank-and-file brimming with seditious thoughts,” Hoodbhoy says, “It is difficult to find another example where the defence apparatus of a modern state has been rendered so vulnerable by the threat posed by military insiders.”
The Obama administration’s response to this danger is not just more dollars, but a hilarious mechanism that I suppose they employ at home as well. The U.S. made the Pakistanis implement a program that carries out checks on employees to distinguish between radical jihadis and those who are simply pious jihadis.
Hoodbhoy ridicules this program, writing that even the non-fundamentalist staff at Pakistan’s nuclear facilities are “soft Islamists”.
In Obama’s zeal to fight “jihadi Islamists” by deploying “soft Islamists,” what he does not realize is that no matter who wins, only an Islamist will emerge victorious.