August 14, 2013
'Lies, Democracy & Obama'Topics: Islam, Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
Bruce Thornton, a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, and a Professor of Classics and Humanities at the California State University, has a piece up today at FrontPage Mag on the ideological lies about Islam that run throughout Obama's foreign policies and statements, from his groveling Cairo speech, his appeasement of the mullahs, and his precipitate overthrows of Gadhafi in Libya and Mubarak in Egypt, to his lies about Benghazi, his attacks on Israel, and his designation of Nidal Hasan's jihadist murders at Fort Hood as "workplace violence." Thornton is the author of nine books and numerous essays on classical culture and its influence on Western Civilization.
Here's a few excerpts to pique your interest:
[...] The great French political philosopher Jean-François Revel once wrote, "Democracy cannot survive without a certain diet of truth. It cannot survive if the degree of truth in current circulation falls below a minimal level. A democratic regime, founded on the free determination of important choices made by a majority, condemns itself to death if most of the citizens who have to choose between various options make their decisions in ignorance of reality, blinded by passions or misled by fleeting impressions." If Revel is correct, the rapidly diminishing level of truth in our public discourse suggests that we are in dire straits. ...Take the time to read the whole thing.
[...] The history of communist support and subversion by those living in Western democracies is obviously filled with such lies and liars. Marxism, with its promised future world of equality, peace, and justice, made lying a moral obligation. After all, there were so many "enemies of the people" hindering and resisting the inevitable communist utopia, and standing in the way of a "scientific" political and economic evolution. ...
[...] A similar form of ideological lie has compromised our understanding of Islam and the roots of Islamic terror. For nearly 2 decades now we have heard over and over that Islam is the "religion of peace," that neo-jihadist violence is a "distortion" of Islamic theology, and that the violence, failures, and disorder rife throughout the Muslim world reflect stagnant economies, oppressive dictators, or the lingering effects of colonialism, imperialism, or even the Crusades. What is astonishing about this depiction of Islam is its complete contradiction of how the West consistently evaluated the religion of Allah for over 13 centuries, an evaluation based not just on the explicit doctrines of Islam and the records of its own historians, both of which celebrate and justify violence against the infidel, but on painful, first-hand experience of raids, invasions, plundering, and enslavement. ...
[...] Indeed, so pervasive has been this malign influence that even some who should have known better, like George Bush, unwittingly indulged some of these fantasies about the "religion of peace." But the Obama administration has most severely compromised our foreign policy in the Middle East by indulging this delusion.
Among other points Thornton goes on to make is the fact that, unfortunately, institutionalized lies have more influence than the truth, with baleful effects visible all around us. This suggests that we are a sick culture, and our condition is worsening.
And yes, we can all thank Barack Obama for that sad truth.
Posted by Hyscience at August 14, 2013 9:01 AM
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