President Obama chooses to give an important speech on peace the week before the day when Americans remember those who died to save their freedom-loving society, and to save many others (including me). President Obama declares in a recent speech that the war on terror, like all wars, must end. Then he ends it by declaring it ended. This happens about a month after two terrorists who happen to be Muslims blow up a bomb killing children at a public even in Boston. (The act was denounced by representatives of the Boston Muslim community.)
President Obama’s announcement also takes place one day after two men shouting something in Arabic comprising the word “Allah” assassinate a young man in full daylight in London. They use knives and ask passers-by to film the event. The speech happens also one or two days before a similar assassination attempt is carried out in Paris on a French soldier. (The attempt fails because French-grown terrorists are not a so competent.) London Muslim authorities condemn the first attack loudly and clearly. I am awaiting the French Muslim response as I write.
(In the same speech, President Obama also orders restrictions on the use of killer drones. I welcome some of the announced changes. The president is no always wrong, just most of the time.)
In response to President Obama’s announcing the end of the war on terror:
Imams and Muslim theologians in America and in Europe advise all good Muslims to turn anyone making terrorist noises over to the police.
“Al Quaida in the Islamic Maghreb” puts down its weapons. Its members ask for government jobs in the post offices of the various countries in North Africa.
The Northern Nigerian violent jihadist movement Boko Haram surrenders to the Nigerian Army in return for a pledge of immunity for their past crimes.
“Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” announces that it will from now on dispute power in Yemen entirely through verbal propaganda and through the ballot box.
The Afghan Taliban (“students”) agree that they will desist from throwing acid in the eyes of little girls who like school. They say that they will just shoot them in the future.
Their neighbors, the Pakistani Taliban ( also “students”), go one better by promising never to shoot schoolgirls in the head again. Instead, they promise they will only beat schoolgirls as a measure of Islamic compassion.
The Ulemas of Saudi Arabia, soon backed by those of Egypt, state unambiguously that Islamic religious doctrine does not require Muslims to regain control of every piece of land that was once under Muslim control. (That would include the suburbs of Vienna in addition to almost all of Spain, and even half of France for a short while.)
The democratically elected government of 85 % Muslim Indonesia declares that it’s unseemly to make illegal the practice of a religion – Judaism – explicitly declared by the Prophet Mohammed to be a respectable religion. It promises to abolish the prohibition of Judaism within months.
The moral and religious leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran formally promise to stop their past practice of tacitly protecting known terrorists living on the Republic’s territory. One ranking mullah also says quietly that it’s time the Republic re-examined its interpretation of sharia demanding that a woman who has sex with a man not her husband be stoned to death in public.
Both Sunni Muslim and Shiite Muslim authorities declare unilaterally that following President Obama’s encouragement, they will now discontinue the practice of setting each other’s faithful on fire during religious services ( a practice designed to protest the American occupation of Muslim lands).
Long live Barack Obama the peace-maker!
In weather news: It snowed on the low mountains of south-central France on May 24th, another proof of global warming, no doubt.