Anglican Samizdat

June 4, 2009

Obama exerts his charm in Egypt

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 4:24 pm

In Thursday’s speech in Cairo, Obama declared:

I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world — one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect.

He gently chided Hamas:

“Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have to recognize they have responsibilities. To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, recognize Israel’s right to exist,” Obama said.

but didn’t bother to mention this:

Hamas members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza have approved a new bill “to implement Koranic punishments,” including hand amputation, crucifixion, corporal punishment and execution. Drinking, owning or producing wine is punished by 40 lashes, while drinking in public adds three months’ imprisonment. Several laws are directed against Hamas’s Palestinian rivals, including a law intended to inhibit non-Hamas negotiators by sentencing to death anyone who was “appointed to negotiate with a foreign government on a Palestinian issue and negotiated against Palestinians’ interest.”

For the New Beginning, as long as there’s no waterboarding, Obama can overlook the occasional execution, amputation and crucifixion.

He also forgot to mention that at home he has ushered in Gay Pride Month;  perhaps, since the US is apparently one of the largest Muslim countries in the world, it will be followed by a month of Sharia stoning.

Surely, charm or no charm, his inconsistencies are going to cause the unravelling of Obama at some point.


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