There has been quite a furor over President Obama’s apology. I read where you whined:
“I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would inflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan. It was the right thing to do to have our president on record as saying this was not intentional, we deeply regret it … We are hoping that voices inside Afghanistan will join that of President Karzai and others in speaking out to try to calm the situation … It is out of hand and it needs to stop.”
- WE: inadvertently burned a number of Korans. We did not do this to make a statement about their religion. (Remember that these were BOOKS, not people!)
- THEY: killed two people (notice the absence of the word inadvertently?) in retaliation—not the first time this has happened.
- WE: apologized and promised that we would investigate and punish those responsible.
- THEY: … (insert strained silence here)
Although nothing we say, or do, will calm this incident, a formal written apology is not indicated. First, it will not help. Second, please remember that we were not the ones to pour gasoline on the embers of hatred smoldering between our two cultures on September 11, 2001.
What we needed was not a formal letter of apology, but a simple statement of the facts. By now, you should have learned from past incidents that these apologies do not do anything to make these situations better. All an apology does is further fan the flames. These people do not hate us because of a few burned books. They just hate us because their religion says they must.
That you could be so naive as to believe that Hamid Karzai is not somehow complicit in many of these atrocities, and that the Afghani are truly our allies, indicates to me that you are not intelligent enough to empty the trash at State, much less negotiate for ANYTHING on behalf of this country. If you are the representative sample of what we should expect from this Administration, you should get completely stomped in this upcoming election, and fade into the obscurity you so richly deserve.
Enough run-on sentences.
The President should have just appeared on Weak-ass Washington—The Obama Reality Show (network TV news) and simply explained that the burning was inadvertent, and that no statement was being made regarding Islam—with NO APOLOGY. Then SHUT UP! Actually, SHUT UP would have accomplished the same thing, and left the President with at least a shred of something that resembles dignity.
We owe these people NO APOLOGIES! They destroyed our towers, killed innocent citizens, killed more citizens at every incident that could be misconstrued as (made to look like) a show of disrespect, waged war on Israel (THEY are our allies—Check with the State Department),
To be certain that credit is given where due, Karzai did appeal to his people to remain calm. Is there a letter from him, apologizing for the people KILLED in retaliation for the incident? I didn’t think so. Is this the act of someone who returns our support? When do we stop apologizing to people who would see us destroyed? Islam is NOT a religion of peace. Do the research, or get someone to read it to you.
I will side with the President when he treats his own professed religion with the same deference as he pays to Islam. Despite all rumors regarding his faith, President Obama describes himself as a “Christian by Choice” in a televised interview on 9/28/2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOOCABMz6jg). However, his war on First Amendment religious freedom is another subject for another post.
We might not be formally at war with these people. However, make no mistake, they are formally at war with US! Any intelligent person should realize by now that they will not rest until all of the infidels (that’s us) are destroyed, and the world is Islam.
With all that in mind, it is time for President Obama to stop apologizing FOR America, and apologize TO America. Remember us? The people he was elected to SERVE (not rule)!