And Then, There Were The Crusades Some 700 Years Ago

Barack ObamaWashington DC (Storch Report) — President Obama tried to give America a history lesson today, even though he is not aware that our first President George Washington never lived in the White House, he was dead by one year by the time it was ready for occupancy by John Adams, the second president who was the first to occupy the ‘people’s house.’

Nevertheless at a gathering today at the National Prayer Breakfast he tried to explain away radical Islamist terrorism, dancing around those words which he has apparently declared verboten from use in his administration because, “professions of faith used both as an instrument of great good but twisted in the name of evil. . . ” citing the 1000 year old Crusades.

He reached back some 700 years reminding people about the terrible things done in the name of Jesus Christ during the Crusades.

His words of warning to Christians: “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place — remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said.

However, the president was unable and failed to note that there is not a single verse in the New Testament that calls for violence against unbelievers.  Radical Islamists can point to a number of verses in the Koran calling for Muslims to “crucify the infidels.”

Obama fails to cite these facts in order to justify his failure to identify the enemy and perhaps his own ideology.  If you can’t identify the enemy it is unlikely that you can ‘degrade or defeat’ them as he declares his mission to be, giving him an excuse to lead from behind.

It is difficult for America to forget the Obama administration’s labeling as “workplace violence” the Fort Hood massacre of 13 people by Nidal Hassan as he screamed “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.”

An Obama spokesman Eric Schultz claimed recently the Taliban was not a “terrorist organization” but rather an “armed insurgency.” 

Perhaps this administration is living in the days of the Crusades.  Has he forgotten that the Taliban trained, harbored and supported the hijackers who murdered nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11.

Has he forgotten that the Taliban murdered 132 Pakistani school children in cold blood; the Islamic militants that slaughtered a dozen people at a newspaper in Paris, where he failed to be present for a rally with world leaders against terrorism; the violence against civilians, most of them Muslims, by Boko Haram in Nigeria; the beheading of Americans which he acknowledged, and then followed minutes later with a round of golf; the recent beheading by ISIS of two Japanese and the burning alive of the captive Jordanian pilot.

On Wednesday a United Nations watchdog group reported that Islamic militants were crucifying Iraqi children and burying them alive.  According to Reuters other children have been sold as sex slaves and boys as young as 18 had been used as suicide bombers.

I too was puzzled as Michelle Malkin, a conservative columnist, said in a tweet about the following Obama comment:’ “We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends.” ‘

‘What did he mean by “our religion?” Whose religion? And why did he compare the Crusades to Isis?’

Islamic jihad is being waged today.

Obama is obviously a narcissist entrapped in his own ideology.

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2 Responses to And Then, There Were The Crusades Some 700 Years Ago

  1. norman says:

    To begin with your article on the recent Commemoration at Auschwitz and antisemitism was well done, though a statement you made in the article,”…. incomprehensible that humans do not learn from the past,” seems to contradict your criticism of Obama’s mentioning the Crusades of 700 years ago. How recent do atrocities have to be to be valid? What time frame is history?
    The reference to the Crusades was one part of Obama’s talk. The complete text is very critical of radical Islam, but you won’t find reference to it on Fox.
    I would think, maybe unfairly, that most people have little knowledge of what the Crusades were all about and how once unleashed it became something where Christian morality and compassion took a back seat.
    The New Testament didn’t have to say anything about violence against nonbelievers, it happened.
    The Inquisitions might have been even more incomprehensible, but it’s too lengthy a subject.
    We can all agree that Boko Haram, Isis, Taliban, all radical Islam is evil. But to deny that mankind is capable of evil in the name of their particular religion is to deny reality.
    My personal belief is that there is one God and we may have different names for that God and worship Him in different ways and traditions. This is the only God that ever existed and that we’re all God’s children.
    We have to learn to honor and glorify Him better.
    By the way what does George Washington and John Adams have to do with all this?

  2. Don Storch says:

    I do believe Obama’s Crusades reference of 700 years ago was inappropriate, ill-timed and delivered at an improper venue.

    Mohammad was a warrior, his teachings advocated killing the infidels or non believers of Islam. These are the actions being cited by radical Islamic terrorists for their actions which Obama appears to be defending by not identifying the enemy that he promises to ‘degrade and defeat.’

    Since the Crusades Christians have reformed, I don’t think we can expect the same from radical Islamist terrorists who have been behaving like this over centuries and even with their own people.

    The subject matter is too complex for a brief mention, least of all from a president who is far from a historian nor one who practices abiding by the Constitution of the land he governs. He doesn’t even know that George Washington didn’t live in the White House, least of all make beer there, e.g., Super Bowl Sunday interview with Savanna Guthrie of NBC.

    Obama’s passive-progressive strategy of leading from behind is pervasive throughout his administration.

    Last Friday Susan Rice, his National Security Advisor told an audience at the Brookings Institution that the crisis and threat we face today from radical Islamist terrorists — of course not using those words — ‘are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War.’

    In hindsight that was a very clever deduction. But it was men like Churchill, who was called an alarmist at the time, who identified the enemy in the mid 1930’s and told the world what was proven to be with Nazi Germany, while Chamberlain who behaved like the Obama of today, that led from behind believing he could negotiate peace with Hitler. Rice had the benefit in her speech of knowing the outcome.

    Likewise, in the Cold War it was Jimmy Carter who was the passive-progressive and it took the policies of Ronald Regan to resolve his lack of action. And now under Obama there seems to be signs of a return to a Cold War with Russia once again. At least it feels a bit chilly these days.

    Strategy of any sort, whether it be domestic or foreign policy, does not seem to be a forte of President Obama. After all, he is now asking Congress for authority and some money to go out and fight the enemy that he refuses to identify, promising to ‘degrade and defeat’ them without revealing a strategy. If he gets what he wants, I sure do hope he can go out there and find what he is looking for.

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