Frontpage Interview’s gæst idag er Raymond Ibrahim, meddirektør for Middle East Forum, forfatter til The Al Qaeda Reader, og redaktør for FPM’s nye sektion om Muslimsk forfølgelse af kristne.
One of the problems with Obama’s Middle East speech was that parts of it were so deliberately balanced — so meant to appease all sides — that they go nowhere. For example, look at the portions where he discusses democracy in the Middle East versus the alternative — Islamist rule, which he does not name.
FrontPage Interview’s guest today is Raymond Ibrahim, associate director of the Middle East Forum, author of The Al Qaeda Reader, and editor of FPM’s new section on Muslim Persecution of Christians.
To posit the significance of Osama bin Laden’s demise, we must first decide which came first — the chicken or the egg? Quaint as it is, this question is fundamentally an inquiry into the nature of cause and effect. In our context, did Osama bin Laden “create” the idea of jihad, or did the centuries-old doctrine of jihad — supplemented by Koranic verses that “strike terror into the heart of infidels” (8:12) — create him?
President Obama’s recent explanation for militarily engaging Libya is yet another example of how U.S. leaders increasingly rationalize their policies via sentimental and idealistic platitudes, rather than reality or the long view—or just plain common sense.
While the media has eagerly accepted the “happy ending” that Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak abdicated—after all, the uprisings were dragging on and it needed a quick denouement to the drama so it could return to Lady Gaga
From Congressman Keith Ellison’s emotional breakdown to Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s accusations of “racism,” last week’s hearings on Muslim radicalization have made it clear that those who oppose the hearings have little of substance to offer. Still, the tactics used by such apologists—namely, appeals to emotionalism and accusations of racism—are influential enough that they need to be addressed and discredited once and for all.
As with Egypt, American sympathies instinctively side with Libya’s oppositional forces as they seek to overthrow the tyrant Qaddafi—and rightfully so.
Mohammad El Baradei, whom many tout as a great reformer, is now on record supporting the Egyptian constitution’s controversial Article 2, which states: “Islam is the Religion of the State. Arabic is its official language, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).”
Med Egyptens “juli revolution” i 1952 var egypterne for første gang i stand til at prale med at en indfødt egypter, Gamal Abdel Nasser skulle regere deres land: Lige siden deres sidste faraon blev styrtet for næsten 2500 år siden var Egypten blevet behersket af en hoben af fremmede invaderende – perserne, grækerne, romerne, araberne, tyrkerne og briterne for blot at nævne nogle få. Efter 1952 skulle Egypten så endelig være egyptisk, troede man.