Turkish Grand National Assembly Complex
Ankara, Turkey April 6, 2009
Because the speech presents a target rich environment this post will
concentrate on the issue of relations with Islam. I will block quote
relevant excerpts from the prepared remarks, linking my comments with
superscripts inserted into the excerpts.
Now, our two democracies are confronted by an unprecedented set of challenges: An economic crisis that recognizes no borders; extremism that leads to the killing of innocent men and women and children1; strains on our energy supply and a changing climate; the proliferation of the world's deadliest weapons; and the persistence of tragic conflict2.
In the Middle East, we share the goal of a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. Let me be clear: The United States strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. That is a goal shared by Palestinians3,
Israelis, and people of goodwill around the world. That is a goal that the parties agreed to in the road map and at Annapolis. That is a goal that I will actively pursue as President of the United States.
Both must overcome longstanding passions and the politics of the moment4 to make progress towards a secure and lasting peace.
We must reject the use of terror5, and recognize that Israel's security concerns are legitimate.
Now, I have made it clear to the people and leaders of the Islamic
Republic of Iran that the United States seeks engagement based on
mutual interest and mutual respect6. We want Iran to play its rightful
role in the community of nations. Iran is a great civilization7. We want them to engage in the economic and political integration that brings prosperity and security. But Iran's leaders must choose whether they will try to build a weapon8 or build a better future for their people.
So both Turkey and the United States support a secure and united Iraq that does not serve as a safe haven for terrorists9.
Make no mistake, though: Iraq, Turkey, and the United States face a
common threat from terrorism10. That includes the al Qaeda terrorists who have sought to drive Iraqis apart and destroy their country. That includes the PKK. There is no excuse for terror against any nation.11 (Applause.) As President, and as a NATO ally, I pledge that you will have our support against the terrorist activities of the PKK or anyone else. These efforts will be strengthened by the continued work to build ties of cooperation between Turkey, the Iraqi government, and Iraq's Kurdish leaders, and by your continued efforts to promote education and opportunity and democracy for the Kurdish population here inside Turkey.12
Finally, we share the common goal of denying al Qaeda a safe haven in Pakistan or Afghanistan. The world has come too far to let this region backslide, and to let al Qaeda terrorists13 plot further attacks. That's why we are committed to a more focused effort to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda14. That is why we are increasing our efforts to train Afghans to sustain their own security, and to reconcile former adversaries. That's why we are increasing our support for the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, so that we stand on the side not only of security, but also of opportunity and the promise of a better life.15
I know there have been difficulties these last few years. I know that
the trust that binds the United States and Turkey has been strained,
and I know that strain is shared in many places where the Muslim faith is practiced. So let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam16. (Applause.) In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world17 is critical not just in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject18,
but also to strengthen opportunity for all its people.
I also want to be clear that America's relationship with the Muslim
community, the Muslim world, cannot, and will not, just be based upon opposition to terrorism19. We seek broader engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect20. We will listen carefully, we will bridge misunderstandings, and we will seek common ground21.
We will be respectful, even when we do not agree. We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith22, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world -- including in my own country. The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans23. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country --I know, because I am one of them. (Applause.)
There's an old Turkish proverb: "You cannot put out fire with flames."
America knows this. Turkey knows this. There's some who must be met by force, they will not compromise. But force alone cannot solve our problems, and it is no alternative to extremism26. The future must belong to those who create, not those who destroy27. That is the future we must work for, and we must work for it together.
- 'Extremism' is a shibboleth which must be deflated. The violence perpetrated by Muslim 'terrorists' is an intrinsic part of orthodox Islam, founded on several
ayat, notably 3:151, 8:12, 8:60 & 3:26. The message of those ayat is confirmed by two ahadith: Bukhari 1.7.331 & 4.52.220.
- 'Tragic conflict' persists because it is perpetuated by intrinsic and immutable
doctrines of Islam. World conquest is mandatory, not optional under 2:216, 8:39 & 9:29.
- The charters of the PLO and Hamas indicate otherwise, as does the familiar mantra "from the river to the sea".
- The passions date back nearly 1400 years, to Moe's rejection by Jews living in the Hijaz who scorned his plagiarized mix of paganism, Christianity and
Judaism. Allah said he would continually torment the Jews;
and Moe said that the Muslims could not collect their reward until they finish exterminating the Jews. There will be no peace while Islam continues to propagate hatred and incite violence.
- So genocide & policide are ok with President Obama as long as there is no
terror; the means justify the ends. Islam's attitude is "we conquered
it, its ours, and we will reconquer it if it takes till doomsday!".
Click the link to the Hamas Charter in #3 and read it carefully.
- There is no mutual respect. Islam is contemptuous of us and all non-Muslims.
They are obligated to punish, humiliate and subjugate us, to defeat us
and gather us into Hell. Is there some part of 8:55 & 3:12 that President
Obama does not comprehend?
- The Persian civilization was conquered by Islam; it is dead and gone, supplanted by pure, unmitigated evil which inculcates hatred and incites violence.
Cyrus the Great permitted rebuilding the Temple at Jerusalem. Islam demands the destruction of Israel. President Obama seems to be oblivious to the difference.
- That decision has been made, irrevocably. They must destroy Israel, and they need the bomb to accomplish that tactical objective.
- If it is Islamic, it is a safe haven for terrorists. Islam and terrorism are one and the same. Moe was a terrorist, by his own admission, cited and linked in #1. Shari'ah is
the primary source of law for the new constitution of Iraq. Get a clue.
- Muslims practicing takfir will terrorize anyone they perceive as weak; unable or unwilling to effectively retaliate. Terrorism is intrinsic to Islam; the rule, not an exception. The texts linked in #1 make that perfectly clear.
- Is there any excuse for conquest, rape, pillage, plunder & enslavement with or without inflicting terror? Please follow the links in #1 & #2.
- Education, opportunity, democracy etc. are irrelevant. Terrorism is a function of
doctrines, not grievances.
- Al-Qaeda means "the base". Ummah al-Islamiya is the base of the pyramid of Islam. Islamic law requires a minimum of one military expedition against Kufar
in every year. That requirement predates Abd al-Wahhab & co. Read chapter 9 of Book O of Umdat as-Salik.
- So long as Islam exists, al-Qaeda can not be defeated, its fallen martyrs
will always be replaced and resupplied.
- They don't want opportunity and a better life, they want to conquer the entire world, obtaining Allah's approval and subsequent admission to the celestial bordello. Shari'ah is the primary source of law for Afghanistan's new
constitution. Get a clue.
- Islam is at war against Dar ul-Harb: the entire non-Muslim world; wherever
Allah's writ does not rule. Follow the links in #2 and #13; read O9.8 & 9.9 Get a clue.
- We have no partnership with Muslims, it is explicitly forbidden by several ayat including 3:118, 5:51, 58:22, & 60:1.
- Violence is not part of an external ideology, it is intrinsic to Islam! Read the ayat linked in #2 and get a clue. Islam does not reject violence, it mandates it: "Jihad
is ordained for you".
- Good idea; we should also consider Jihad, genocide, misogyny and subjugation of Kufar, each and every one of which is ample cause for rejecting Islam.
- There is no mutual respect. Refer to #6.
- There is no common ground with Islam. Islam declares Allah to be the creator of the earth and everything on it; therefore sovereign over it and us. Allah
has delegated to Islam the right to be regent over the entire world.
Theologically, Islam denies the divinity, heritage, death & resurrection of Jesus Christ and co-opts him as a genocidal warmonger. These facts are fully documented in another blog post: The Defamation of Jesus Christ.
- What does President Obama appreciate about Islam besides the sound of the Adhan at sunset? Could it be the 270 million untimely deaths it has caused?
- Contributions made by individuals who may be Muslim in name only are not a legitimate source of pride for Islam.
- Refer to #17.
- Common dreams? Do we dream of world conquest; ruling and dominating the entire world? If you doubt me, read my blog post: ROPMA.
- Extremism is a shibboleth. Standard, off the shelf orthodox Islam is violent because it is a demonic mandate to genocidal conquest using terror as a battle
tactic. There is no alternative to war when we are attacked by Islam
- Islam destroys, it does not create. Allah has pronounced an execration
against the Muslims if they ever abandon Jihad in favor of productive pursuits.