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Obama’s Cairo Speech – The Transcript

Courtesy of the UK’s Telegraph:

Barack Obama speech: the full transcript

I am honoured to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum.

We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of coexistence and co-operation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalisation led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.

Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust.

So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the co-operation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.

I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

I do so recognising that change cannot happen overnight. No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth." That is what I will try to do – to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.

Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.

As a student of history, I also know civilisation’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.

I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story. The first nation to recognise my country was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President John Adams wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquillity of Muslims." And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars, served in government, stood for civil rights, started businesses, taught at our Universities, excelled in our sports arenas, won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. And when the first Muslim-American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson kept in his personal library.

So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.

But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America. Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words within our borders, and around the world. We are shaped by every culture, drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept: E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. But my personal story is not so unique. The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than average.

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.

So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America. And I ‘believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. These things we share. This is the hope of all humanity.

Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.

For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. And when innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered, that is a stain on our collective conscience. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.

This is a difficult responsibility to embrace. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared.

That does not mean we should ignore sources of tension. Indeed, it suggests the opposite: we must face these tensions squarely. And so in that spirit, let me speak as clearly and plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together.

The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms.

In Ankara, I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security. Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.

The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America’s goals, and our need to work together. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity. I am aware that some question or justify the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet Al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with.

Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict. We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. But that is not yet the case.

That’s why we’re partnering with a coalition of forty-six countries. And despite the costs involved, America’s commitment will not weaken. Indeed, none of us should tolerate these extremists. They have killed in many countries. They have killed people of different faiths – more than any other, they have killed Muslims. Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam. The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind. The enduring faith of over a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.

We also know that military power alone is not going to solve the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we plan to invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses, and hundreds of millions to help those who have been displaced. And that is why we are providing more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans develop their economy and deliver services that people depend upon.

Let me also address the issue of Iraq. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said: "I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be."

Today, America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future – and to leave Iraq to Iraqis. I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq’s sovereignty is its own. That is why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August. That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq’s democratically-elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all our troops from Iraq by 2012. We will help Iraq train its Security Forces and develop its economy. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron.

And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter our principles. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.

So America will defend itself respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer.

The second major source of tension that we need to discuss is the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world.

America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.

Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It is easy to point fingers – for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought by Israel’s founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.

That is in Israel’s interest, Palestine’s interest, America’s interest, and the world’s interest. That is why I intend to personally pursue this outcome with all the patience that the task requires. The obligations that the parties have agreed to under the Road Map are clear. For peace to come, it is time for them – and all of us – to live up to our responsibilities.

Palestinians must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and does not succeed. For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America’s founding. This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia. It’s a story with a simple truth: that violence is a dead end. It is a sign of neither courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered.

Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build. The Palestinian Authority must develop its capacity to govern, with institutions that serve the needs of its people. Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have responsibilities. To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, and to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, and recognize Israel’s right to exist.

At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop.

Israel must also live up to its obligations to ensure that Palestinians can live, and work, and develop their society. And just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel’s security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank. Progress in the daily lives of the Palestinian people must be part of a road to peace, and Israel must take concrete steps to enable such progress.

Finally, the Arab States must recognize that the Arab Peace Initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities. The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems. Instead, it must be a cause for action to help the Palestinian people develop the institutions that will sustain their state; to recognize Israel’s legitimacy; and to choose progress over a self-defeating focus on the past.

America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs. We cannot impose peace. But privately, many Muslims recognize that Israel will not go away. Likewise, many Israelis recognize the need for a Palestinian state. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true.

Too many tears have flowed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.

The third source of tension is our shared interest in the rights and responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons.

This issue has been a source of tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is indeed a tumultuous history between us. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government. Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians. This history is well known. Rather than remain trapped in the past, I have made it clear to Iran’s leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward. The question, now, is not what Iran is against, but rather what future it wants to build.

It will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude and resolve. There will be many issues to discuss between our two countries, and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect. But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point. This is not simply about America’s interests. It is about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path.

I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons. And any nation – including Iran – should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I am hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal.

The fourth issue that I will address is democracy.

I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.

That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.

There is no straight line to realize this promise. But this much is clear: governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments – provided they govern with respect for all their people.

This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.

The fifth issue that we must address together is religious freedom.

Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition. I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country. That is the spirit we need today. People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind, heart, and soul. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it is being challenged in many different ways.

Among some Muslims, there is a disturbing tendency to measure one’s own faith by the rejection of another’s. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld – whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt. And fault lines must be closed among Muslims as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq.

Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.

Indeed, faith should bring us together. That is why we are forging service projects in America that bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews. That is why we welcome efforts like Saudi Arabian King Abdullah’s Interfaith dialogue and Turkey’s leadership in the Alliance of Civilizations. Around the world, we can turn dialogue into Interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action – whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster.

The sixth issue that I want to address is women’s rights.

I know there is debate about this issue. I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality. And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.

Now let me be clear: issues of women’s equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women’s equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world.

Our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons, and our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice. That is why the United States will partner with any Muslim-majority country to support expanded literacy for girls, and to help young women pursue employment through micro-financing that helps people live their dreams.

Finally, I want to discuss economic development and opportunity.

I know that for many, the face of globalization is contradictory. The Internet and television can bring knowledge and information, but also offensive sexuality and mindless violence. Trade can bring new wealth and opportunities, but also huge disruptions and changing communities. In all nations – including my own – this change can bring fear. Fear that because of modernity we will lose of control over our economic choices, our politics, and most importantly our identities – those things we most cherish about our communities, our families, our traditions, and our faith.

But I also know that human progress cannot be denied. There need not be contradiction between development and tradition. Countries like Japan and South Korea grew their economies while maintaining distinct cultures. The same is true for the astonishing progress within Muslim-majority countries from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai. In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.

This is important because no development strategy can be based only upon what comes out of the ground, nor can it be sustained while young people are out of work. Many Gulf States have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development. But all of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century, and in too many Muslim communities there remains underinvestment in these areas. I am emphasizing such investments within my country. And while America in the past has focused on oil and gas in this part of the world, we now seek a broader engagement.

On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America, while encouraging more Americans to study in Muslim communities. And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in on-line learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a teenager in Kansas can communicate instantly with a teenager in Cairo.

On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries. And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs. We will open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new Science Envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, and grow new crops. And today I am announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health.

All these things must be done in partnership. Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments; community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life.

The issues that I have described will not be easy to address. But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world we seek – a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God’s children are respected. Those are mutual interests. That is the world we seek. But we can only achieve it together.

I know there are many – Muslim and non-Muslim – who question whether we can forge this new beginning. Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress. Some suggest that it isn’t worth the effort – that we are fated to disagree, and civilizations are doomed to clash. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world.

All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.

It is easier to start wars than to end them. It is easier to blame others than to look inward; to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path. There is also one rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This truth transcends nations and peoples – a belief that isn’t new; that isn’t black or white or brown; that isn’t Christian, or Muslim or Jew. It’s a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the heart of billions. It’s a faith in other people, and it’s what brought me here today.

We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.

The Holy Koran tells us, "O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another."

The Talmud tells us: "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace."

The Holy Bible tells us, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.

What a despicable display.

But just to address one section of Mr. Obama’s absurd mendacity:

As a student of history, I also know civilisation’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.

The origins of Algebra trace back to the ancient Babylonians, who were not Muslims. It was primarily developed by the ancient Greeks.

Recent research suggests that the compass may have been discovered by Central Americans. But if not, the Chinese are then its discovers. In either case, both did so centuries before the advent of Islam.

Printing originated in China around 200 A.D. The first printing press was invented in China, and the first printed newspaper, Kaiyuan Za Bao, was available in Beijing in 713 A.D.

Of course arches and spires also pre-date the arrival of Islam by centuries.

As for their gift to music, music and especially instruments are forbidden in most Islamic traditions.

It should be unnecessary to have to note that Islam’s ‘religious tolerance’ has been demonstrated for centuries. Indeed, its history is that of destroying any other religion it confronts.

Similarly, the Mohammedans’ long history of enslaving African blacks has shown their regard for ‘racial equality.’

But what are a few lies among friends?

Do note, however, that Mr. Obama is backing up his kind words with a lot of US taxpayer dollars.

For we all know that the main problem in those Muslim countries in the Middle East is their poverty.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

67 Responses to “Obama’s Cairo Speech – The Transcript”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    This kind of rhetoric was successful in brainwashing millions of Americans to vote for this idiot, and keeps him popular in the polls. Maybe it will work for the Muslim world too. I can’t even type that with a straight face. What is going on inside that big eared nut of his?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Banned…….did you just hear a echo?

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      He said it in Berlin in response to North Korea’s first missile launch .. he feels it’s time the international community came together and formed a “global regime”. (forget the UN)

      Is there any doubt who gets to run that “global regime”? Not in little barry’s head!!!

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yeah, I doubt this will carry too much gravity. What’s really sad is that these speeches are orchestrated to sound so logical and seductively intelligent; no one realizes that if his words were put into application it wouldn’t even give you a coherent diplomatic strategy except to understand that:

      1.) America by definition in His head was wrong for its success; it has to be cut to size if there’s going to be any momentum in repairing our image abroad – and who knows how the world will embrace that because he’s actually following the rhetoric on this one

      2.) America will work with any country’s government as long as it reflects the will of [the “majority” of] their people, since we have been too harsh in expecting varying cultures and societies to see the world the way we do. After all, tyrannical statist regimes – erhm – big governments are no longer objectionable as long as they’re lead by someone with as much empathy as the Messiah.

  2. wstuga says:


  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s good that you lectured the muslim world the way you lectured us ignorant American hicks.
    I’m sure they got the message.

    You know, it’d be worth it, if I was an air traffic controller to deny entry into US airspace to Barry when he returns as a hostile aircraft bent on the destruction of the United States. I would happily go to jail for that.

  4. proreason says:

    I need more caffeine

    • catie says:

      Caffeine, I need a stiff drink!

    • electionhangovervictim says:

      I’m with you catie! Now, where’d I put my “in case of emergencies” bottle of Skyy?

    • Lurkin_no_mo says:

      Like the movie “Airplane”……”and to think I just quit (cigarettes, caffeine booze, choose your vice) today.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Then the disciples came to him and asked, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?’
    He replied, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.’ (Matthew 15:12–14)

    • tranquil.night says:

      “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Rev 16:13

      “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Rev 19:20

    • jobeth says:

      Get Back & Tranquil…this is exactly were I find MY hope and change. I have to remind myself all the time, that God has this under His control…even tho it is exceedingly harder and harder see it.

      The Bible says the antichrist will suffer a fatal head wound but will recover (mimicking Jesus’ raising from the dead). Watch for that and we will know if Obalmy is “The One”

      Keep the faith.

  6. conant says:

    Stepn Fetchit lives

  7. curvyred says:

    Bamboozling on an International level.

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    SG – no wonder the sight is slow. It’s these damn Obama transcripts! Too much bandwidth wasted.

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    “.. nor can I answer in the time that I have all the complex questions that brought us to this point.”

    So just give o-blah-blah a little more time and he’ll “gift” you with the answers to all those nasty and complex questions …

    More proof that he is indeed a sickened and grandiose fool.

  10. Cincinnatus says:

    >> As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith. <<

    I assume that would be the the Rev. Minister Louis Farrakhan (peace be upon him)-variety of “Muslim faith.”

    What a schmuck.

    • canary says:

      Cinnatus, Obama tells in his book, aside family, and his radical muslim authors such as Malcome X, Obama’s roomate in NYC was muslim and many of his friends were. He went to Chicago, and he was not happy with the peaceful black church communties activism. He wanted radical protests and met radical muslims and radical church, the Black Power orgs, etc. He even went to Marxist
      activities etc. Kenya Father and Grandfather were bigomists lot’s of wives and children. Violent men.

  11. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh just referenced this thread.

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    An Epiphany! The media’s coverage of Obama is purely racist! They are incapable, not used to (unless of course he is a conservative) or afraid to challenge a black man in a position of authority.

    Nuthin but Net! Nuff said. RB Out!

    • Reality Bytes says:

      I’m saying the media IS AFRAID TO CHALLENGE OBAMA! Why?! They didn’t have a problem raking Hillary! What could it be except for Racism?! They’re afraid of opposing a black man ESPECIALLY ONE IN POWER!

    • proreason says:

      “Journalists” are followers. They are like puppy-dogs incapable of doing anything useful. So they wag their tails and do what their bosses say.

      It didn’t use to be so. A few decades back, the press was independent and took pride in it. In fact, independence defined them.

      What happened? Two things, in my opinion.

      First, a deliberate strategy by communists to infiltate journalism schools and education in general. This we now know was 100% successful. Journalism schools today are simply indoctrination centers for radical socialist thought. To get out of j-school today with an independent thought in your pretty skull would be like a hamburger escaping a dog kennel.

      The second factor is the rise of the celebrity journatist, world-renowned, and potentially a multi-gazillionaire. That started with TV. No longer are they the faceless people behind the written word, toiling to make a name for themselves by exposing corruption and wrong-doing. Now, the brass ring is fame and fortune. They are stars!! But they can’t be stars if they don’t get on the air, can they? Doesn’t matter how brilliant, how pretty, how innovative, how dedicated……no air-time, no stardom, case closed. And you don’t get on the air if you disagree with the boss. And when the boss has a brain scrubbed by socialists, then you better say what the boss wants or the church social beat will be the epitome of your career.

  13. A Mad Pole says:

    “I am a Christian”

    Yeah, Wright.

    • pdsand says:

      Not that I’m any better, but it’s been about a year now since he last belonged to a “church”, right?

  14. navymom says:

    So much BS, don’t know where to start or where to focus! Lets just say, I leared that my history teachers surely lied to me. Thanks Mr. Pres for the history lesson. Just curious…what did all the people who were born and lived thousands of years before Islam do to survive without their wonderful inventions/enlightenment?? The Muslum lead nations of the world are such leaders in technology, human rights, higher eduction, etc. today. An example for us all! GAG!!! You say you are a student of history? You sir were are a student of brain washing 101! The dumber they are, the more easily they are lead! Look at his voters!

  15. Reality Bytes says:

    “The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.” – Adolf Hitler

    So! That’s it. Obama is imitating our totalitarian enemies out of fear!!!

  16. tranquil.night says:

    @reality – The race issue is only relevant to the Liberals but they’ll always try to use it to keep opposition from speaking out. That’s one of the reasons most conservative Americans can’t help but treat most liberals not just as political opponents, but cruel people. Because it is cruel, but that’s not what’s at work with the now state-run media. No, the former drive-by now state-run media built the throne over the course of the Bush administration. Bam just took the helm. Thus the “Anointed One,” as we like to call him. Don’t get bogged down by race though, the media would’ve had no interest in opposing any of Obama’s policies irregardless – this speech – this is what they want and this is what they want Americans to believe THEY want.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      TN: Tell me you don’t see “typical” white journalists cowering when they ask their questions during the next press conference. You can’t pin this all on idealogy. If that were the case, they wouldn’t have savaged HC. It’s not me who sees his race. It is, obviously, their problem. Again, begging the question, are liberals more racist than they are sexist?

    • tranquil.night says:

      I think liberals will be whatever they need to be in whatever circumstances they’re facing at any given moment – so long as they create the perception that their view is correct. The only difference between it and radicalism I think is how much power they have to implement whatever plans that get contrived and popularized using the usual tactics.

      I can see what you’re saying about the perceptible fear in journalism lately, it’s very obvious. Very few have had the guts to challenge the president yet – we hold Rush as “the last man standing” in such high regard for that reason. I’m sure there are those in the state run media that are beginning to see the light too; they’re probably just to darned afraid of what the consequences will be if they fall out of line. It’s not like FoxNews is gonna be able to give ’em all a job after CNN and PMSNBC go bankrupt.

  17. Celina says:

    I couldn’t even watch the whole thing. He mentioned something about the dignity of all human persons or somesuch and I had to turn off the TV because I didn’t want my toddler to watch Mommy throw something at it.

    • catie says:

      Celina, whenever he’s on my 5 y/o son says “that is a bad man!”. I had it on for two minutes and thought I would puke. I then turned on Noggin (which I really don’t like) and some atomic bunnies were on. But they were better then watching this moron.

    • Lurkin_no_mo says:

      Catie, looks like your doing a good job with your child. “Out of the mouths of babes…”

  18. David says:

    I wonder why the O didn’t mention all he has accomplished so far to his Muslim listeners? You know how US tax dollars are paying for Muslim women to secretly get abortions in their countries and his work against the Defense of Marriage act to further homosexuality. I am sure he would have gotten a real good taste of tolerance from the Cairo crowd.

    • DoctorRock says:

      Well yeah, Cairo can be a tough crowd – just ask Anwar Sadat. But he lost me with his second sentence, in crediting C.U. with Egypt’s advancement. They may well put that on their brochures, but who takes the marketing types seriously? In light of the Afgan peoples’ experience with Moscow, I think we can stop apologizing for the coup in Iran. God only knows what we may well have saved them from. And my last complaint is his reference to “American Imperialism”. Isn’t that Authentic Third World Commie-speak, e.g. “running dog lackeys of the Yankee Imperialists”? This is not Nixon goes to China. I pray it’s not Chamberlain at Munich.

  19. bronzeprofessor says:

    This can’t go on forever. How many times is he going to keep deflecting attention away from how little he’s getting done, by accomplishing another historic “first”? The first Hispanic SC justice! First black attorney general! First speech in a Muslim country! First First Lady with aerially exposed biceps! First one to open up Cuba! First female Secretary of State…. er, wait, that one was already taken.

    Watch him soon appoint the first Asian American something, and be the first person to make a speech in a women’s restroom. He’ll be the first president to perform an abortion without a license, while giving a speech in klingon, and then afterwards he’ll be the first president to admit publicly that he’s questioned his heterosexuality, but then he’ll back away in time for 2012 and say he was being quoted out of context.

    Historic firsts are a like a gateway drug, you get addicted to all the attention and then the media circus can’t stop/

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, foreclosures are going steady, gay marriage has tanked, immigration is unresolved, we’re still in Iraq, we’re still in Afghanistan, rich people are still running the government, racial issues are still irritating us, and life is still the same depressing grind it has been for thousands of years.

    Needless to say, his speech WAS a historic first, but that doesn’t change the fact that it was boring, repetitive, and pointless pandering. This isn’t going to change much.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Newest agency from the Obama administration. THE DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANCY DEPARTMENT.

    • proreason says:

      Even Rush can’t say when or whether the Ozombies will wake up.

      But he did menion the theory of a friend of his who thinks that the wake-up call will be an event rather than a slow drip. Something like a mistaken open mike where the creature is caught saying what he really thinks instead of the opasteurmized version.

    • Odie44 says:

      Pro –

      I agree, sort of like a coward who can’t break up with a woman – so sleeps with her friend to “force it”…

      I have a funny feeling – based soley on my “Troll Factor” – that many fools who voted and supported Bambi are waiting to pounce on 1 issue – to validate and justify their original stupidity. When there is an absence of integrity – shame will usually do…

    • tranquil.night says:

      ‘Any world order that elevates one nation over another will fail..”

      The United States as it has defined itself over the past 235 years, is a failure, as defined by O’babbles.
      Wow, and Rush’s “I hope Obama fails” is bad? Didn’t Wanda Sykes quip that his saying that was like the equivalent to her of saying “I hope America fails”? Imagine that – their view of our country is exactly what they try and pin on their opponents.

      Mm, hope and change. Yum.

  20. Right of the People says:

    If Islam (The religion of pieces, praise be to Allah) did all those wonderful things and introduced every innovation worth knowing in the ancient world, then why are they still intellectually in the 6th century? Hummmmmmmm?

    • Odie44 says:

      Intellectually is just the tip of the iceberg.

      The large majority of Muslims on Earth are 3rd world poverty levels, scrapping for water and grain, shitting in holes and living in absolute squaller.

    • Lurkin_no_mo says:

      …and if you’re a woman in a muslim society, it gets a even worse!

  21. wardmama4 says:

    I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States

    Teleprompter Precedent is really so stupid – torture has been illegal in the US (US Code, 1926; UDHR, 1948; and two signings in 1977) for 83 years – and arrogant to imply that only now, only with him should this/will this end.

    when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.

    How slick is Teleprompter Precedent to phrase this so cleverly to imply the present and of course put Moses, Jesus and Mohammed in the same time/place. Go read it, it is a story about (Mohammed I assume, as they use a weird name all of a sudden) going to Heaven.

    And finally, like all Liberals through out time, Teleprompter Precedent can’t help himself, he goes and opens his mouth (just one time too many) and proves himself an idiot, a fool and a fake empty suit that he is:

    create a new online network, so a teenager in Kansas can communicate instantly with a teenager in Cairo

    DOH!!! All I can say, as a good Democrat, he should know that Al Goracle invented the Internet.

    He has some points – yet like a true Liberal, he becomes a BUT monkey – as I think Teleprompter Precedent never wants to be pinned down to one belief, never be not liked by ‘the other side’ and is truly a foolish fake.

    • proreason says:

      Notice the deliberate and repitive use of the word “I”.

      Winston Obama:
      we I shall fight in France, we I shall fight on the seas and oceans, we I shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we I shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we I shall fight on the beaches, we I shall fight on the landing grounds, we I shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we I shall fight in the hills; we I shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our myI Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. ”

      Abraham Obama:
      “Fourscore and seven years ago our my forefathers brought forth on this
      continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
      proposition that all men are created equal.

      Now we I am engaged in a great civil war, testing whether “that my
      nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long
      endure. we I am on a great battle field of that war. we I
      have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final
      resting place for those who here gave their lives that that
      nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that
      we I should do this.”

    • wardmama4 says:

      PR – I wonder who is going to catch on first that Teleprompter Precedent wants to be Master of the Universe.

      I mean how can you be ignoring your own borders and allowing illegals to vote (for you) and probably part of the fomenting of amnesty instant citizenship for all within his own country and yet talk of sovereignty and no One World Order –

      I think this sums up Teleprompter Precedent very well-

      Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    • Paulajay says:

      Obama ONLY used the words “I” or “me” sixty times during his speech. Didn’t watch the speech but after reading the transcript, I was wondering — was there loud applause when he mentioned the 9/11 attack and the murder of 3,000 Americans? Or perhaps a standing “O” in honor of the “Magnificent Nineteen” as the hijackers are fondly referred to in the Arab world….

  22. BatK says:

    So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t.

    Let’s start with facts and truth. Islam is a religion bent on global domination. According to their faith, you either reside in the Dar es el Harb (House of War) or the Dar es Salaam (House of Peace/Submission to Allah). That’s it. Islam is not a “religion of peace.” It’s not even about “extremists” taking the Qur’an out of context like the Crusaders did with the Bible. The Qur’an refers to Jews and Christians as “the sons of pigs and monkeys” as well as laying out an eschatalogical view that calls for their extermination. Here are two excerpts showing exactly how Islam feels about Jews (and by proxy) Israel.

    Surah 5:52: “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. And whoso among you takes them for friends is indeed one of them. Verily, Allah guides not the unjust people”

    Surah 5:65: “And the Jews say, ‘The hand of Allah is tied up.’ Their own hands shall be tied up and they shall be cursed for what they say. Nay, both His hands are wide open; He spends how He pleases. And what has been sent down to thee from thy Lord will most surely increase many of them in rebellion and disbelief. And We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection. Whenever they kindle a fire for war, Allah extinguishes it. And they strive to create disorder in the earth, and Allah loves not those who create disorder.”

    There is NO WAY that the two are One in the same. If we are to accept “Islam as it is, not what it is not,” then we would also have to accept the Qur’anic view of Jews and Christians, which obviously goes against every principle the United States of America was founded on, not to mention the fact that most Jews and Christians might take exeption to the Qur’anic depiction and proscribed method of action against them.

    The Bible has this to say:

    Exodus 17:15-16 “Moses built an altar, called it ADONAI Nissi [The Lord is my banner/miracle], and said, “Because their hand was against the throne of Yah, ADONAI will fight ‘Amalek generation after generation.”

    Romans 3:29-31 “Or is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, he is indeed the God of the Gentiles; because, as you will admit, God is one. Therefore, He will consider righteous the circumcised on the ground of trusting and the uncircumcised through that same trusting. Does it follow that we abolish Torah by this trusting? Heaven forbid! On the contrary, we confirm Torah”

    Sounds like we’ve got a battle on our hands going back quite a ways. The God of the Bible has established His authority and Lordship over all peoples, while simultaneously making it clear that he is at war with Amalek in every generation. Allah, as noted in the Qur’an, clearly has made himself an enemy of both Jews and Christians. Bibi Netenyahu actually refers to Ahmadinejad as “Amalek,” and I think our president has made it very clear which side of the fence he’s on. There is no way to accept one without rejecting the other. For our president to get out there and say that We (the US) need to become UNIFIED with Islam is tantamount to saying, “We will be/are Muslim.”

    • wardmama4 says:

      And BatK the Bible also says this:

      “Behold you are with child
      And you shall bear a son
      And you shall call him Ismael
      Because the Lord has given heed to your affliction.
      And he will be a wild donkey of a man
      His hand will be against everyone
      And everyone’s hand will be against him
      And he will live to the east of all of his brothers. Genesis 16:17

      Which many believe is the start of the Arabs & Islam.

      If true, however, it means Islam’s God is the Christian’s God & the Jew’s God which would then mean that Islam is just another distortion of God and religion by man. You know, a cult.

    • BatK says:

      Not quite, wardmama… just because Ishmael is a descendant of Abraham, does NOT necessarily mean the god/gods he chose to worship is the same God his father worshiped. Jacob had a twin brother who worshiped the Canaanite gods (and we see later Scripture where the Lord says “Jacob I love, but Esau I hated.”) Prior to the Arabs becoming monotheistic Muslims, they were polytheists, and one of their gods was Allah, the moon god. I do believe they are physically the of the descent of Abraham, but I can guarantee you that Jews worship the God of Israel (as He refers to himself in the Bible) not the god mentioned in the Qur’an who calls for their destruction. You can’t have it both ways. Either the Jews are God’s chosen people (as stated repeatedly throughout the Old and New Testament) or, as the Qur’an teaches, Muslims are REALLY God’s chosen people. Definitely a conflict of interest.

    • BatK says:

      Genesis 17:19 -22

      “19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. [d] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.”

      The covenant was NOT established with Ishmael, but with Isaac.

  23. Squito says:

    “As a student of history, I also know civilisation’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

    I don’t seem to recall people like Louis Pasteur or Da Vinci or Luther or Michelangelo or Raphael or Newton being Muslim. My fricking history book must’ve lied to me!

    “9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable,”

    “Understandable”? How disgusting. I’d love to see his reaction if one of his daughters or wife was harmed. This man shows outrage over the death of an abortionist, a murderer, but shows little concern for the innocents who lost their lives eight years ago. What an abomination!

    “So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America.”
    Kind of like a tumor in an otherwise healthy body.

    • canary says:

      “And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

      He is stupid it was the Greeks that modernized the world, algebra, art, writing, architecture, etc, etc. And it was before the Qu’ran.
      In his own dear Indonesia, the extremist muslims and moderate muslims have killed each other for centuries.

    • Lurkin_no_mo says:

      Also being a student of history, I recall that our first true projection of power as a nation was against the Muslim Barbary Pirates in 1801-1805 and again in 1815,
      History also teaches us that if we really want to win a war, we must destroy those people (leaders) and reasons that caused us to go to war in the first place. Nothing ticks off a soldier more than having to refight a war they supposedly already fought and won, i.e. WW1, 1st Gulf War, and now we may be fighting the next Korean War, although, admittedly, the last one wasn’t really in the WIN column.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      I was reading this the other night and had to laugh because as stated at the end of the article 1) most of the math concepts were developed in India and expanded in greece, the whole compass thing (I read a book about the history of the compass several years ago- by a mathatician I think) and it was from china to italy (the arabic word for compass seems to have an italian origin- John Crandall), Calligraphy- wern’t the chinese using very descriptive idiograms since sometime BC?, Peaceful contemplation…again the chinese and later the japanese concepts of peaceful environment=internal harmony? BUT..if you have ever seen the dance of the seven veils…now THAT IS timeless and I so cherish THAT memory……

  24. Teleprompter… hmm.. What if someone slipped in the whole narrative in Arabic.. and what if he went on like nothing was wrong?

  25. canary says:

    BatK/That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t.

    How can he say America is based on Islam? “what it is” ? teleprompter glitch?
    in front of muslims that absolutely know they are not the same. Obama’s goal (knowing his speech translated 13 language around the world) is to fool the entire world that isn’t muslim. This doesn’t fool one muslim.
    Obama wants those in the entire world world to be “off guard, placid, unsuspecting, tranquil, just like we were 9/11. Look at the young generation. So many of our soldiers don’t even understand this is a Holy War. They don’t want our land or money as much as they want non-muslims DEAD.
    People in America aren’t going around and lynching muslims, hating muslims, but Obama makes it sound like there is a phobia against them. We need at least need to be alert. Because, attacks prior to 9/11 and after 9/11 all over the world, is proof, they are infilitered. And it’s not just the terrorists that don’t like America. Most American muslims do not like our women’s freedom. They don’t like our entertainment. Just as Hitler got those to do his dirty work, The quran is to punish and kill muslims who do not kill us. So, things can become very unbalanced, and muslims who don’t want strife, when it comes to losing their own lifes. Look at mothers forced to shoot their duaghters in the arenas in the middle-east, or be shot themselves.

    Obama did not like seeing white visitors in Kenya on his visits. He and his mother did not like white people while they lived in Indonesia. He doesn’t describe joy he’s experienced in America, or beauty, he only writes of unhappiness, bitterness. Anger. And it’s probably the best light he can shed himself in. Imagine the what was and is really in his heart.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      What heart?

      Oh…you mean that black, pulsating thing in the left chest cavity?

  26. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    O/T S&L rated 58th of most popular sites! Huffington is #1…..yuck.
    Hope the link works, this is the first time I’ve ever dropped a link at a site.
    I’m sure the rest of you agree with me that S&L is much more awesome than Huffpuff.
    On the other hand, Ace of Spades didn’t even make the list.

  27. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I was about to commend our POTUS for denouncing those who denied the Holocaust ever existed. But then he went and blew it when he tried to state that the plight of the Palestinians was somehow a moral equivalent.

    • BatK says:

      What’s more is that he completely ignores the fact that the right of the Jews to the Land of Israel goes back a whole lot further than the Holocaust (or the so-called 60 year claim of the Pals). There have been Jews in the Land since Abraham (you know, that guy he claims is the father of Islam), and the according to the Bible, that Land was promised to Abraham’s descendants through the lineage of Isaac and Jacob, NOT through the line of Ishmael or Esau. That promise was given over THREE THOUSAND years ago. There has ALWAYS been a Jewish presence in the Land since then (regardless of whether the Land was referred to as Israel, Judea, or as the Romans later termed it, “Palestine”). The modern mass immigration of Jews to the land actually began in the late 1800’s and has continued both before and after the Holocaust. There was no such thing as a “Palestinian” until 1967. To even REFER to “Palestine” as if it was ever a country that existed or will exist, demonstrates Obama’s true feelings regarding Israel and its right to exist. They’re not allowed to even allow for “natural growth” (which the Road Map, incidentally DOES allow for), but meanwhile, he recognizes the right of a terrorist group (Hamas, Fatah, et al) to “negotiate” as a peace partner.

    • BatK says:

      As far as the Palestinian “refugee” problem you can thank the Arab League for that. The modern Arab nations as we know them were craeted by the Allies following WWI. When Israel was granted statehood by the UN on May 14, 1948, the very next day, those same newly made Arab nations launched a cooperative assault on Israel, and told the local Arabs to get out since they were going “wipe out” the Jews. Obviously, they lost. When you win a war, you don’t give the spoils back to your enemy.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Uh ……. we have and did! (several times!!)

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”When you win a war, you don’t give the spoils back to your enemy……”

      Conversely, when you lose a war you don’t get to make demands and give orders. The so-called Palestinians are too stupid to have a country even if they were entitled to one.

      And speaking of stupid, Obama……..

  28. BatK says:

    Lib Demise… well THEORETICALLY anyway, what you win in war, you keep… nobody talks about the JEWISH refugees who were kicked out of the surrounding Muslim countries and were not allowed to take anything with them. What about THEIR reparations?

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