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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

End Times?

This is from Daniel Pipes' syndicated column on Tuesday (Hat Tip: Gary P.).
Ali ibn Abi-Talib, the seventh-century figure central to Shiite Islam, is said to have predicted when the world will end, columnist Amir Taheri points out. A "tall black man" commanding "the strongest army on earth" will take power "in the west." He will carry "a clear sign" from the third imam, Hussein. Ali says of the tall black man: "Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us."

Barack Hussein in Arabic means "the blessing of Hussein." In Persian, Obama translates as "He [is] with us." Thus does the name of the presumptive American president-elect, when combined with his physical attributes and geography, suggest that the End of Times is nigh – precisely what Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been predicting.

Back down on earth, the Muslim reaction to Obama's victory is more mixed than one might expect.
Pipes goes on to describe the reaction to Obama's election in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Pipes describes it as 'mixed,' but there is actually a fairly consistent pattern.
American Islamists are delighted; an umbrella group, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Election, opined that, with Obama's election, "Our nation has … risen to new majestic heights." Siraj Wahhaj, Al-Hajj Talib Abdur Rashid, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, and the Muslim Alliance in North America responded with similar exuberance.

Hamas, and Islamist movements in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, India, Indonesia and the Philippines are delighted in Obama's election. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch generalizes that jihadists and Islamic supremacists worldwide showed "unalloyed joy." The New York Times finds public reaction in the Middle East mostly "euphoric." John Esposito of Georgetown University emphasizes the Muslim world's welcome to Obama as an "internationalist president."But plenty of other Muslims have other views. Writing in Canada's Edmonton Sun, Salim Mansur found John McCain the "more worthy candidate." Yusif al-Qaradawi, the Al-Jazeera sheikh, endorsed McCain for opposite reasons: "This is because I prefer the obvious enemy who does not hypocritically [conceal] his hostility toward you… to the enemy who wears a mask [of friendliness]." Al-Qaradawi also argued that twice as many Iraqis died during Bill Clinton's two administrations than during George W. Bush's.

Iran's hardliners also favored a McCain victory (according to Iran's former Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi) "because they benefit more from enmity with the U.S., which allows them to rally the Islamic world behind their policies and at the same time suppress dissent at home." The Taliban took note of Obama's election promise to increase U.S. troops in Afghanistan, warning that, should he fulfill this plan, "jihad and resistance will be continued."
There's a pattern here. The Islamist groups who are out of power are all thrilled that Obama was elected. The Islamist groups that are in power (Iran, the Taliban) are less enthusiastic, because they need America to be the enemy to promote their own political agenda. Signs of End Times? I hope Ahmadinejad doesn't think so. But given that Obama has already started making nice to the terrorists, watch out.

Read the whole thing.


At 8:17 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Signs of the End Times is happening today at the United Nations.

Yep, the writing is on the wall that the prophesied Time of Jacob's Trouble is not so far away. Please read your Bibles.

As for Iran, come on, of course we know they will attack Israel, it's in Ezekiel 38.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

"making nice to terrorists?"
...by doing what? appointing an Orthodox Jew son of Israelis who volunteered here during the Gulf War as his Chief of Staff?

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Neal, look at the advisors/diplomats Obama is sending to the Middle East. You took your eye off the ball.

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Rahm Emmanuel is not Orthodox and all he did was spend a month packing care packages as a volunteer on an IDF base - something hundreds of American kids have done. He was never part of the IDF and it says nothing about his political views.


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