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This is just a small portion of an article I found at The Wall St. Journal.

I used to read the hard copy version some time ago.  Don’t know what brought me to them tonight, but I stumbled on more than looked for this subject. Started reading and found it hard to stop, and so I thought some of you may find it of interest as well.

Personally, even without the author of this piece (Michael J. Totten) pointing this out to me, I got the feeling that both Romney and Obama were being, well, can I say delusional?
Romney thinks we would ever be in any position to do what he suggests?  Oh come on.  Does he drink or smoke things he shouldn’t?  No?  Then he should know better.

As for Obama, well I think everything that could be said has been said already but I’ll add this. He is not just delusional if he really believes what he is quoted as here.  He has slanted things and twisted them out of all truthful shape.  Even when I got no further than his line about attitudes about Americans changing, I knew at that point the man is full of beans.  Unless perhaps and it is always possible, that ONE person changed his mind about America and so Obama took that as meaning all of them did.  Stupid.  He says we “stood with them” but in fact I took all that guff he was spouting at the time as, sucking up to islamists.

So enough of what I think.  I posted this for the readership, here’s a part and catch the link for all of it.

WSJ for more

Mr. Romney said it first, early in the debate: “We’re going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the world of Islam . . . reject this violent extremism.” Later Mr. Obama spoke as though this objective is already on its way to being accomplished: “When Tunisians began to protest,” he said, “this nation, me, my administration, stood with them earlier than just about any other country. In Egypt, we stood on the side of democracy. In Libya, we stood on the side of the people. And as a consequence, there is no doubt that attitudes about Americans have changed.”

The Middle East desperately needs economic development, better education, the rule of law and gender equality, as Mr. Romney says. And Mr. Obama was right to take the side of citizens against dictators—especially in Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi ran one of the most thoroughly repressive police states in the world, and in Syria, where Bashar Assad has turned the country he inherited into a prison spattered with blood. But both presidential candidates are kidding themselves if they think anti-Americanism and the appeal of radical Islam will vanish any time soon.

First, it’s simply not true that attitudes toward Americans have changed in the region. I’ve spent a lot of time in Tunisia and Egypt, both before and after the revolutions, and have yet to meet or interview a single person whose opinion of Americans has changed an iota.

Second, pace Mr. Romney, promoting better education, the rule of law and gender equality won’t reduce the appeal of radical Islam. Egyptians voted for Islamist parties by a two-to-one margin. Two-thirds of those votes went to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the other third went to the totalitarian Salafists, the ideological brethren of Osama bin Laden. These people are not even remotely interested in the rule of law, better education or gender equality. They want Islamic law, Islamic education and gender apartheid. They will resist Mr. Romney’s pressure for a more liberal alternative and denounce him as a meddling imperialist just for bringing it up.

Anti-Americanism has been a default political position in the Arab world for decades. Radical Islam is the principal vehicle through which it’s expressed at the moment, but anti-Americanism specifically, and anti-Western “imperialism” generally, likewise lie at the molten core of secular Arab nationalism of every variety. The Islamists hate the U.S. because it’s liberal and decadent. (The riots in September over a ludicrous Internet video ought to make that abundantly clear.) And both Islamists and secularists hate the U.S. because it’s a superpower.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/27/2012 at 06:10 PM   
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