DANIEL GREENFIELD: THE WEEK THAT WAS
What went wrong in Benghazi? The same thing that went wrong across the Arab Spring. We made a deal with the devil and the devil took his due.The consulate was supposed to be protected by the Martyrs of the Feb. 17 Revolution Brigade, instead of the US Marines. The Feb 17 Brigade is Islamist and its leader is a member of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood.
This story is still developing, but you can see some of it up on my post at The Point, and more will come out in the days and weeks.
As I wrote before, the real story of Benghazi is the story of the Arab Spring and the dirty deal that Obama cut with the Muslim Brotherhood to get the “dangerous” Islamists off our backs in return for giving in to the political “moderate” Islamists.
Gaddafi made the same deal with the Brotherhood to transition the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group from Al Qaeda to the Muslim Brotherhood and that deal ended up killing him. Our deal thus far ended up killing Christopher Stevens, who probably knew all about it, not to mention two Navy SEALS and an unknown number still to come.
THE FUN OF BLASPHEMY
The last time that Americans spent this much time concerning themselves with blasphemy, witches were being tried in Salem and many a settler suspected that on a dark and stormy night the devil might come wandering through the woods. But in those parts of the world where women are still put on trial for witchcraft and pilgrims to Mecca annually stone the devil, blasphemy is a matter of life and death.
Blasphemy is not however the joyless affair that the modern mind anticipates. Blasphemy in the Muslim world is what a blackout is to Chicago or Detroit, a break from the normal routine and a chance for bored teenagers to spend some time out in the fresh air throwing stones, looting stores and committing assorted crimes that would be unacceptable under normal circumstances.
…that’s from Blasphemy for Fun and Prophet
OR MAKE YOUR OWN FUN
Intimidating everyone who draws a Mohammed cartoon stops working when tens of thousands of people are drawing them. Turning one man into an example of what happens when you make a Mohammed movie stops working when there are thousands of Mohammed movies being made.
Making a movie sounds daunting, but it’s not. It’s something that you can do on your own or with a few friends.
A movie does not have to be two hours. It does not have to be 90 minutes or even 30 minutes. Short films can be as little as 5-10 minutes. Even shorter projects can be only 30 seconds. What matters is not the running time, but the impact, and that comes with the subject matter.
…this is something that I’m still thinking over in terms of feasibility, but the proposal is out there in Is It Time for ‘Make Your Own Mohammed Movie Month’?
END OF THE LIE
Obama had hoped to cover up his defeat in Afghanistan by cutting a deal with the “moderate” Taliban, but the Taliban, moderate or extreme, refused to help him cover his ass. Attacks in Afghanistan have escalated, but the media have avoided challenging the bizarre assertions from the Obama campaign that the mission has been accomplished and Karzai will be ready to take over security in a few years.
And then the Islamists did something that the media just couldn’t ignore. They staged a series of attacks on American embassies and foreign targets beginning on September 11. These attacks, the most devastating and public of which took place on September 11, were accompanied by Islamist black flags and chants of, “We Are All Osama” in countries across North Africa and the Middle East.
And that is from my article, Obama’s Foreign Policy Fraud Has Come Undone
AND NOW A FEW BRIEF MESSAGES
The most adorable Muslim beheading picture you will ever see… seriously
Is it time for tolerance and sensitivity training to help Muslims get over their Cartoonophobia?
Here is the only way the world actually works. There are civilized countries and savage countries. In a civilized country, the government and people may not like you, they may cheat you and take advantage of you in all sorts of ways, but they will not drag your corpse into the street for their amusement. In savage countries they will do that unless they have good reason to fear the consequences.
The Libyan government that Obama is putting his faith in has no ability to keep Libyans safe. It certainly has no ability to keep Americans safe.
Keeping Americans safe was Obama’s job and he blew it badly. Now he has to take responsibility for that. Because that is the only way the world works. The alternative is the Post-American world that Christopher Stevens encountered on the way to work.
Obama’s only real diplomacy mode is to apologize on behalf of America and mirror the responses of his Muslim audience. That’s an annoying tactic when it’s practiced by customer service representatives, but it’s positively degrading for the leader of a great power to act like the customer service rep for AT&T. “Yes, I understand that you’re upset by the Innocence of Muslims. Let me say that we are equally upset by this movie and we apologize for your poor experience trying to murder our people in Yemen and Tunisia.”
A BETTER WAY
We tried supporting dictators and that didn’t work. We tried supporting democracy, that didn’t work. We tried nation building, and that didn’t work.
Homer Simpson summed it up precisely. We tried our best and failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.
Not caring about what happens in the Muslim world is a cathartic and liberating experience. You should try it.
If a country can’t protect our embassy, the answer is to close the embassy. If a country takes $1 billion of our dollars, and then returns the favor by indicting our citizens for religious “crimes”, then stop giving them money.
I don’t care about nation building in Afghanistan anymore. I don’t care about the Muslim Brotherhood being in power in Egypt anymore. Let al Qaeda take over Tunisia. I. Just. Don’t. Care.
Our foreign policy towards the Muslim world should simply be this: leave us the f*ck alone, if you don’t we will utterly annihilate you. We will not invade. We will not depose. We will not nation build. We will destroy.
…from My Pet Jawa,
TO DIE IN FRANCE
AGAINST THE END
a) Apply social camouflage, blend in and become more personally successful, and thus better equipped to …
b) Become more self-sufficient as time and resources permit, including cross-linking to like minds in groups we’ve been traditionally pitted against.
c) Train the young ones you encounter in the art of a) and b).
BEHOLD THE EMPTINESS
SO ADS DON’T SOLVE PROBLEMS?
So much for Obama’s 70 grand ad campaign aimed to convince Pakistanis we love them.
Deadly anti-U.S. protests erupted in Pakistan despite an unusual ad on Pakistani TV featuring President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the movie “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Islam video that has fueled much of the Pakistani fury.
It’s almost like Obama speeches are completely useless.
THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED AND DIDN’T
IN THE DAYS AFTER THE TOWERS FELL, in the ash that covered the Brooklyn street where I lived at that time, in the smoke that rose for months from that spot across the river, when rising up in the skyscraper I worked in, or riding deep beneath the river in the subway, or passing the thousand small shrines of puddled candle wax below the walls with the hundreds of photographs of “The Missing,” it was not too much to say that you could feel the doors of history open all about you.
Before those days, history happened elsewhere, elsewhen, to others. History did not happen to you. In your world, until that day, you lived in the time after history. There were no more doors in front of you, all history lay behind you. It was a given.
…from American Digest
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
How many housing programs should the government run? One? Ten? 50?
How about 160? That’s how many the Government Accountability Office tallied in a recent report that noted, “fiscal realities raise questions about the efficiency of multiple housing programs and activities across federal agencies with similar goals, products, and sometimes parallel delivery systems.”
Even though there is an entire federal agency devoted to housing issues —the Department of Housing and Urban Development [$ 46.3 Billion in FY2013] — several other government agencies administer programs to subsidize housing construction and rehabilitation, assist homebuyers and renters, and provide aid to state and local governments through spending and loan programs, tax expenditures, regulatory requirements, and other housing-related activities.
I have seen the future and it consists of ten bureaucrats for every free human being left on earth.
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