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June 5, 2009

'An antidote to Obama's Cairo speech'

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Mark Noonan at Blogs for victory offers this quote from G.K. Chesterton as "an antidote to Obama's speech yesterday":

Christendom might quite reasonably have been alarmed if it had not been attacked. But as a matter of history it had been attacked. The Crusader would have been quite justified in suspecting the Moslem even if the Moslem had merely been a new stranger; but as a matter of history he was already an old enemy. The critic of the Crusade talks as if it had sought out some inoffensive tribe or temple in the interior of Thibet, which was never discovered until it was invaded. They seem entirely to forget that long before the Crusaders had dreamed of riding to Jerusalem, the Moslems had almost ridden into Paris. - G K Chesterton
One might appropriately refer to this as an "inconvenient perspective" that Barack Obama would rather not think about or speak of to his adoring Muslim audience.

Posted by Richard at June 5, 2009 7:31 AM

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