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Obama and Pakistan. Quo Vadis?

Welcome to the twisted world of US foreign policy. On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed dozens of people at a World Food Program project.

“I strongly condemn the outrageous terrorist attack in Khar, Pakistan,” Barack Obama said in a statement from Hawaii, where he was spending Christmas with his family. “Killing innocent civilians outside a World Food Program distribution point is an affront to the people of Pakistan, and to all humanity.”

However, on Friday, the residents of Jos and Maiduguri, both Nigerian cities, were treated to at least four successive bomb explosions, killing no fewer than 30 people. The bombs were the work of the Boko Haram sect. Boko Haram (literally, “Western or non-Islamic education is a sin”) is a Nigerian militant Islamist group that seeks the imposition of Shariah law in the northern states of Nigeria. As an interesting sidenote, Boko Haram opposes not only Western education, but Western culture and modern science as well. In a 2009 BBC interview, the leader of the sect, Mohammed Yusuf, stated that the belief that the world is a sphere is contrary to Islam and should be rejected, along with Darwinism and the theory that rain comes from water evaporated by the sun. The response from the White House? A deafening silence.

A bomb exploded during Christmas Day Mass at a chapel inside a police camp in the southern Philippines, wounding a priest and 10 churchgoers. The bomb was hidden in a ventilation window near the ceiling of the chapel, which is on the compound where the provincial police office is located in Jolo town on Jolo Island, Sulu provincial police said. The island is a stronghold of al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants. All the victims were civilians. Barack Obama held a press conference…no, wait, he didn’t. Not a word was heard from the White House.

Three bombings, all committed by Islamic groups, one directed at Muslims, two directed at Christians. The only one that rates a condemnation is the one where Muslims were killed. I know the president knows about the other two; if I do, he must. Why the silence? There are a couple of possible explanations. Let’s look at a few.

It could be that there are so many Islamic terrorist attacks going on in the world that Obama hasn’t the time to commiserate with all the victims. Considering the vast number of incidents perpetrated by the adherents of the religion of peace, it’s a possibility, although not likely.

It could be that Obama is a Muslim and approves of violence directed at Kafirs. I’m not sure I believe this, although there are a large number of Muslims who do. In early September 2010, Pakistan’s Minister of State for Industries, Ayatollah Durrani, went so far as to propose Obama as the right man to become caliph of all Muslims. Durrani, a member of Pakistan’s governing People’s Party, said: “The time is approaching fast. Barack Hussein Obama must act now. This is a golden opportunity, Muslims badly need it.” He added that on the Muslim feast of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and fell in 2010 on September 11, Obama should offer the prescribed Eid prayers at Ground Zero in New York City and seize the moment to declare himself caliph: “In this way all the problems of the Muslim world would be solved.”

It could simply be that Obama is inimical to the ideals of western Christendom, and prefers the eventual ascendancy of a competing set of values. Perhaps he sees the west’s insistence on the dignity and autonomy of the individual as an outmoded worldview, and prefers the Islamic model of submission to a set of rules that does all it can to reduce human beings to property. He has certainly spent a great deal of time praising the Islamic system, and promising to combat negative stereotypes about it.

I’m not sure which, if any, of these theories I’m completely on board with. I do know that Obama evinces a terrifying lack of concern for American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. For example, the United States maintains an uneasy alliance with Pakistan, where Obama considers Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda and says eliminating the militant threat is vital to winning the nine-year war against the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. Yet, at the same time, Pakistan has funneled to the terrorists the money it received from the U.S. to fight terror.

Washington transferred more than 600 million dollars to the Pakistani government this week to pay for its efforts in the fight against violent extremists, the US embassy in Islamabad said Thursday. The 633 million dollar payment covered the first six months of this year and Pakistan had now received “approximately 8.76 billion dollars” since 2001 under the scheme. Almost 9 billion dollars, and what do they do with it? Let’s see. The following is excerpted from an article by Dexter Filkins in the N.Y. Times of 9/7/08.

Back in June, during a firefight with Taliban along the Afghan-Pakistani border, American soldiers called in airstrikes to beat back the attack. This stretch of border was guarded by three Pakistani military posts. The airstrikes ended the fight, the Taliban militants slipped away, and the American unit was safe. 11 Pakistani border guards lay dead as a result of the airstrikes called on their position by American forces. Why had the Americans called in fire on what are nominally our allies? Even after a joint inquiry by the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan, it remained unclear why American soldiers had reached the point of calling in airstrikes on soldiers from Pakistan, a critical ally in the war in Afghanistan and the campaign against terrorism.

The mystery, at least part of it, was solved in July by residents of Suran Dara, a Pakistani village a few hundred yards from the site of the fight. According to two of these villagers, the Americans started calling in airstrikes on the Pakistanis after the latter started shooting at the Americans.

“When the Americans started bombing the Taliban, the Frontier Corps started shooting at the Americans,” said one of Suran Dara’s villagers, who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being persecuted or killed by the Pakistani government or the Taliban. “They were trying to help the Taliban. And then the American planes bombed the Pakistani post.”

Back to me, now. Why are we giving 9 billion dollars to the Pakistanis, who are using at least some of it to try to kill us? Why is our president praising Islam on the one hand, and remaining silent about the Christian genocide being committed in its name? Why does Obama continue to show a callous disregard for the civilization that gave us what Abraham Lincoln called “the last, best hope of mankind?”

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