Simple wisdom, that President Obama is not likely to heed. In order to see you have to want to look at the truth that’s actually out there.
With reality so different from how our president wishes to portray it, he has little interest in seeing things as they really are.
The president delivered a “Kumbaya” appeal this past week to the current session of the United Nations General Assembly. The pitch, about peaceful resolution of disputes, tolerance, and free speech, was clearly aimed at Muslim nations.
The following day, Egypt’s newly elected Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi stood before the General Assembly and gave his reply. No thanks.
Sure, Egypt will respect free speech, as long as it does not offend “one specific religion or culture.”
The message we got from candidate Obama in 2008 was that the rift between the Muslim world and the West was one of misunderstanding, of lack of empathy on our part toward them. Candidate Obama said he was the man, given his personal history, who could bridge that gap.
In 2009, the first year of the Obama presidency, the Pew Research Center reports that the favorability rating in Egypt toward the US was 27 percent. Now in 2012 it is 19 percent, down eight points.
More misunderstanding? I don’t think so. Egyptians are quite clear about who they are and quite clear about their distaste for the moral relativism Barack Obama peddles as freedom. Conflicting attitudes and world views emerge from different beliefs, not misunderstanding.
In the same Pew survey of last June, 11 percent of Egyptians agreed with the statement “It is good that American ideas and customs are spreading here.”
Has Mr. Obama just not had enough time, as with producing an economic recovery at home, to get Muslims to learn the words to Kumbaya?
The real problem, as I see it, is how do you peddle to others what you don’t understand, or won’t be honest about, yourself?
While our president refuses to honestly look at Muslim societies, they do look at us. They see American double standards and mixed messages very clearly.
In his UN speech, President Obama quoted South African leader Nelson Mandela saying “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”