Osama and Obama

by | May 3, 2011

“Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader.” So says President Obama. You could have fooled me. Obama cites evidence that bin Laden killed Muslims as proof that he was not a Muslim leader. Now wait a minute. Imagine if a cult of people drank Kool Aid filled with poison. Imagine that they did so at […]

“Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader.” So says President Obama.

You could have fooled me.

Obama cites evidence that bin Laden killed Muslims as proof that he was not a Muslim leader. Now wait a minute. Imagine if a cult of people drank Kool Aid filled with poison. Imagine that they did so at the instruction of their leader, who wanted them to die in the name of some cause. (This has actually happened, both literally and metaphorically.)

Would you say that the leader of this cult of poisoned Kool Aid drinkers, because he ordered them to suicide, was not their leader? Of course not. You’d say they were members of a cult, and that he was their leader. You would question the nature of the ideology and psychology behind this cult. You would say, “What’s wrong with these people that they so worship a man that even when he tells them to be self-sacrificial martyrs for his sake, they mindlessly obey?”

Islam, like any fanatical religion taken seriously, is no different. We all know it. But most of us are too afraid to say it.

Barack Obama learned nothing from 9/11. Both before and since, people like him maintain that Islam is a “religion of peace.” Anything people do in the name of Islam — terrorize, murder themselves and/or others — has nothing to do with Islam, according to Islam’s apologists. The President of the United States, a nation who is one of the greatest victims of Islam’s brutal wrath, is one of the chief apologists for Islam today. Thank you for that, Barack.

Imagine if conservative Republicans began to kill themselves and others in the name of glorifying, say, Sarah Palin, or Mike Huckabee. Islam-loving liberals like Barack Obama would be right to say, “Those people are nutty. Their ideology is insane and evil.” But somehow it’s different when we’re talking about Islam. No matter what is done in the name of Islam, Obama (and most liberals) will always excuse it.

What is it about Islam that liberals, not just Obama, feel so compelled to excuse? Could it be that Islam, like liberalism, despises all things American, all things Western?

We may yet see something far worse than 9/11 happen in the name of Islam. As we know, Iran is working on developing nuclear weapons to use against Israel. Iran may or may not be stopped, but it won’t be stopped by the Obama Administration.

Osama bin Laden’s death will do nothing to stop whatever bin Laden’s successors plan to do next. This is partly because Islamic radicals are fanatics — fanatics acting consistently in the name of Islam. The fact that some Muslim people tepidly disapprove of these actions does not excuse the religion in whose name it’s all being done. Those who practice the religion most fervently, and most consistently, are the very ones who keep doing these evil and destructive things.

Cult leaders need cult followers, just as much as the cult followers need a leader. I’d love to hear members of the intellectual and media establishment challenge Barack Obama on this point. They won’t. This is because most of them agree with him.

Some insipid interviewer on Fox News asked the father of a victim of the World Trade Center what he thought and felt in the wake of bin Laden’s death. The interviewer commented that it might be considered “sick” to be glad over his death. The father promptly replied that it was not sick, and he was indeed glad to learn of bin Laden’s death.

The father is right, of course. But the comment of the interviewer represents the kind of attitude and psychology that is bringing this country down — on a “conservative” and supposedly more hawkish network, no less. The attitude is that it’s somehow wrong to hate your killers, and to hate the actions of your killers. If this is true, then by what right did we authorize our military and CIA to kill bin Laden in the first place?

The American military and intelligence offices deserve thanks for their good work in killing bin Laden. I would say that this is no thanks to the President or his ilk. Remember this is the same President who, if he got his way, would try terrorists as purse-snatchers in New York City. No doubt this would have been the spectacle if bin Laden had been captured rather than killed.

Bin Laden may be gone. But terrorism, you can rest assured, will flourish so long as the attitudes and ideology of our President and that torpid Fox News interviewer remain the norm. Our military, great as it is, can only save us from so much.

Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.

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