Austin Hill: Despite the immense power of Obama’s verbal skills, he is not able to “speak” things into existence. Thus, Obama simply declaring that America and Islam “overlap” is not enough to prevent Muslims murdering Americans on American soil.
“... 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 ...”
Those remarks were uttered by President Barack Obama on June 4 of this year. And I wish I could believe that they were accurate. Obama was, of course, speaking at Cairo University, and making good on his campaign promise of “delivering a speech from the capitol of a Muslim nation.”
Yet, despite the immense power of Obama’s verbal skills, he is not able to “speak” things into existence. Thus, Obama simply declaring that America and Islam “overlap” is not enough to prevent Muslims murdering Americans on American soil.
By now, the horrific profile of Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is widely known. And despite Obama insisting that we must not “jump to conclusions” about this American Muslim man, the picture is still horrifying: an American soldier who openly disagreed with the policies of two American presidents (the “hawk” George W. Bush and the “dove” Barack Obama), who complained about deployments, and made “outlandish statements” against his nation and its government, was nonetheless allowed to rise through the ranks of the U.S. Army.
The obvious question — the “elephant in the living room,” to use a term from the world of family psychology — is why was this kind of behavior tolerated and apparently overlooked? And the only obvious answer, at least at this point, is simply because he is a Muslim.
Our government and our president will make their “conclusions” when they make them. The rest of us who want our unique American style of human freedom to continue must begin communicating clearly, and honestly, about the Islamic problem in our midst. And that means getting beyond the “kid glove” approach we typically use in speaking about minority groups, and be willing to speak the truth about Muslims — even if that results in “hurt feelings” for some, or cries of “intolerance” from others.
The unwillingness (or perhaps it’s a matter of inability) to speak the truth on these matters is often painfully apparent in both local and national media. Several days before Hasan was identified by the Army as the Fort Hood shooter, a series of misconstrued, soft-pedaled press conferences and news reports unfolded in here in Maricopa County about a man accused of killing his own daughter by running over her with his Jeep.
Faleh Hassan Almaleki, an immigrant from Iraq living in Peoria, had become angry about his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Almaleki, Peoria police said. Noor had set up accounts for herself on Myspace and Facebook and was living with her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s mom. This all meant that Noor had become “too Westernized” for the tastes of her Muslim father, so Faleh Hassan Almaleki is now accused of running over his daughter (along with the boyfriend’s mom) as a means of committing an “honor killing.”
Before dying, Noor was hospitalized and remained in a coma for several days. And just like the cowardly Muslim men we have seen on video recordings who hide behind masks when beheading “infidels,” Faleh Hassan Almaleki is accused of seeking to “hide” by fleeing the country.
After the incident, the Peoria Police Department briefed the local media. And in what seemed to be an overarching attempt to avoid saying anything that may have cast the Muslim father in a bad light, it was explained that the motive for the crime appeared to have centered on the fact that the daughter was living inconsistently with “her family’s values.”
Shortly thereafter, The Arizona Republic published a report entitled “Lifestyle may have put woman in hospital.”
A 20-year-old woman in Arizona who was pursuing a job, a college degree and a husband of her own choosing (not an “arranged marriage” as her father was pushing) appeared to be murdered by her own dad. Yet, law enforcement and media professionals were suggesting that Noor’s choices and “lifestyle” were to blame for her death.
Generally speaking, American non-Muslim fathers don’t run over their children with their cars and call it “honorable.” And American non-Muslim military personnel don’t intentionally kill their fellow soldiers because their god tells them to.
These incidents illustrate a pattern of very dangerous, deadly behavior with Muslims in America and around the world.
Americans must awaken to this reality, whether or not our president does.
Austin Hill’s commentaries appear every Sunday. He hosts talk radio around the country, including Arizona’s Newstalk KTAR (92.3 FM). To join Austin as he talks with Arizona’s newsmakers, and has a fun time doing it, watch “The Austin Hill Web TV Show” on Arizona Web TV.