Please, enough already. World history did not start with the Obama inauguration.
Obama is not the first US President to visit the region referred to in the West as ‘The Middle East” and contrary to what may be printed by the intellectual bimbo’s running the American Press, The United States of America enjoys very warm relations with billions of muslims around the world and has long standing partnerships and relationships with their Governments.
First, to those in the American Press who insist on displaying their ignorance, please do so without insulting b0th Foreign dignitaries and the billions of the Muslims that you write about and feign interest in.
The King of Saudi Arbia has a proper name and Title; King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/world-leaders-1/world-leaders-s/saudi-arabia.html
The current Saudi King assumed leadership in 2005 upon the death of his half brother, Faud.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arbia, is ruled by a monachy and is, as is obvious, named for the ruling family; Saud – Saudi Arbia. The given names “Faud” and “Abdullah” are first names and not family, or surnames as they are called in the west. First names, frequently referred to as “Christian” names in the West, are not, in fact, a proper form of address when you refer to the Saudi Monarch or a member of the Royal family.
Refering to the King as King Abdullah is as direspectful as refering to the American President as President Barack. An individual may be invited to address a ruler by his first name, however, that informal manner of address is both personal and private. To do otherwise is disrespectful.
The press should note that the most recent “Saudi Dynatsy” can trace its history back to 1744 and Muhhamad ibn Saud. That is right 1744, or 20 some years before the US claimed independence from Britian. The earliest history of the Saud family is centuries older. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabia
As to the remainder of the articles by the “Main Stream Media”, hyping the Obama visit to the “Middle-East”, the relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arbia the Saudi people and the United States of America is not dependent upon the “Obama Personality” as the press seems to imply.
Obama needs to stop reading his own press clippings and take advantage of this important opportunity to build on a decades old freindship between Saudi Arabia and the US, a relationship that did not start with Obama’s bow to King Saud at the G-20 meeting a few weeks back.
While the US press may have amensia when it comes to the inflamatory, anti-Saudi, anti-Middle East, Anti- OPEC, comments made by the inexperienced Presidential Candidate Obama, the rest of the world and the Anti-American press does not.
Obama had better shift to a tactic other than his well practiced “Obama Apology Tour” seen todate. Contrary to the liberal and leftist ideoology embraced by the American press, Muslim leaders and Muslim people around the world embrace the American presence and the ideology which this Country has represented for 200 years.
In 2001, while addressing the United Nations, the present Saudi King, Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (then a Crowned Price and Deputy Prime Minister) said the following;
“Mr. President: The phenomenon of terrorism is still widespread in all parts of the world, although fluctuating considerably, and still requires greater effort from our organization in order to contain and combat it. The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always denounced all forms and shapes of terrorism, and added its efforts to those of the international community to address this serious phenomenon. What should be emphasized in this respect is that extremism, violence, and terrorism are global phenomena, not restricted to any people, race, or religion. In view of the internationalism and comprehensiveness of this phenomenon, addressing and combating it effectively can only come through agreed-upon international action within the framework of the United Nations, that ensures the elimination of terrorism, conservation of innocent life, and preservation of the supremacy and stability of the State.”
“Combating terrorism also requires international cooperation in not harboring terrorist elements and groups, and preventing their ability to exploit the territories and laws of the states in which they reside, and to make use of them as a springboard for their destructive activities, irrespective of the pretext or justification.”
King Saud’s speach is quite remarkable and I encourage readers to read the entire speech here: http://www.un.org/millennium/webcast/statements/saudi.htm
I wonder what King Saud thinks about the current American President’s “political spin” on the war on terror.
King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud has also spoken to the U.N. on the topic of religious tolerance. http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/11/12/59950.html , http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/03/25/47417.html , http://www.gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi_arabia/10259004.html .
The King has repeatedly noted that the key to world peace lies down the path of religious tolerance.
President Obama’s current trip to Saudi Arabia does not take place in a vacuum. Saudi Arabia, like the US, has been, and continues to be, a target of “terrorist activities” by extremists the world over. In June 1996, 19 American soldiers were killed in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia. More than 500 were wounded. http://www.saudi-us-relations.org/articles/2003/ioi/030515-terrorist-targets.html Five short years ago, on December 6, 2004, a group of terrorists staged a ground attack on the US Consulate in Jeddeh, Saudi Arbia, killing 5 employees of the Consulate. Later that month two vehicle borne improvised exposive devices (VBIEDS) were detonated in the Capital City of Riyadh.
“Since it has become clear that the terrorists are targeting not only foreign interests, but the house of Saud as well, the government of Saudi Arabia has been leading an aggressive and increasingly successful counter assault on extremist elements in the country. The host government has acknowledged that this battle will not be concluded quickly.” http://www.ediplomat.com/np/post_reports/pr_sa.htm .
Two years earlier on May 12, 2003, Al- Qaeda homicide bombers killed 34 foriegners, including 2 Americans, at a housing complex in Riyadh. On May 29, 2004, 24 oil company workers were killed by terrorists in Riyadh. During the week of June 11, 2004, 3 Americans and a BBC Journalist were killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_attacks_in_Saudi_Arabia
The Saudi Government issued the following statement, ”
“…The attack was an attack on humanity. We reject the terrorists who express their hatred for our people and our friends through such cowardly actions. These terrorists have turned their backs on our people and they have perverted our faith; they do not in any way represent Islam. They only represent hatred towards all of humanity…”
For a brief history (1979 – 2008) of terrorist attacks inside Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Government response see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_attacks_in_Saudi_Arabia
This history is of particular importance if one wants a “fair” understanding of the complex relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia rather than the hastily cobbled “press releases” currently flooding the air waves.
Example: On November 20, 1979, hundreds of terrorists seized the “Grand Mosque” or “Masjid al-Haram” in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The terrorists were extremely well organized and armed and were successful in withstanding attempts by the Saudi National Guard to retake the Mosque. Eventually, the Saudi’s requested and received assistance from the French GIGN (French Commandos) and together with Saudi Special Forces, the Mosque was retaken. Later 63 of the 67 surving “terrorists” were tried and sentenced to death. The total number of Islamic worshippers killed by the terrorists was estimated at more than 250. On November 21, 1979, Ruholla Khomeini of Iran made a radio address falsely attributing the Mosque attack to US forces. This false claim resulted in attacks against US Embassies and Consulates throughout the Muslim World. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_attacks_in_Saudi_Arabia
The US Embassy in Iran had been seized by Militants less than 3 weeks earlier on November 4, 1979.
Faslehoods about the history of US-Islamic realtionships abound.
President Obama cannot strength existing relationships by ignoring this fact. Vague apologies for acts that did not happen do not strength the positive relationships that do exist.
THE PRESS’ FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND THAT ISLAM DOES NOT EQUATE TO ISLAMIC TERRORISM IS DEPLORABLE. Muslim’s know this, so do American’s.
The US is not the lone target of these terrorists – speech making will not change that fact. The people of the MIddle East are not our enemies and they never have been … This is a fact that is well understood, despite whatever differences may remain.
Most of Saudi Arbia’s neighbors, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, enjoy long standing, complex and mutually respectful relationships with the US. These countries, like Saudi Arabia Arabic are also Muslim countries.
I’m just amazed at the US press. Radical Islam is not confined to the Middle East. In fact only 20%, or 1 out of 5, of the Muslims in the world are “arabic” people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_by_country
India has a history of a long and mutually prosperous relationship with the US. Islam is India’s second larget religion, with over 150 million Muslims in India. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_India
Turkey, a long time US ally, is a non-arabic but majority muslim country. There are 71 million Muslims in Turkey. For those that are interested in a “factual context” of the global Islamic world, see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_by_country
The Saudi King, Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, has repeatedly spoken out against militant extremists in Iraq, Syria and Iran. “Saudi Arabia has told Iran not to count on the kingdom’s help if the international community imposes harsher measures on Tehran because of its refusal to abide by international requirements on the nuclear issue.” At a meeting in Riyadh last month (2007), King Abdullah told visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran will have to “bear the consequences” of its actions, and should not underestimate the power, capabilities or will of the United States and the rest of the international community, according to a Saudi official. “We told him, ‘Don’t come back to us and say you wish somebody had told you that,'” the official said. “Don’t come back and ask for help.” The king was equally blunt with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom he met in Riyadh on the sidelines of the Arab summit last month. Abdullah told Assad that if he wants to improve relations with Saudi Arabia — which are at an all-time low — he first has to prove his good intentions in Lebanon, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issues. http://www.beirutbeltway.com/beirutbeltway/2007/04/saudi_arabias_w.html
The American people and the World at large would be better served if the Press “reported” on world events and stopped “spinning” political events. Neither Islam nor the world hates America or Americans. President Obama’s “Middle Eastern” trip is not taking place in a vacuum nor is it taking place without substantial historical background.
President Obama needs to stop issuing senseless apologies and do something constructive to build on the work of not only his predecessors but of other world leaders.
The fact that the American President comes from an Islamic family is not new ‘news”, despite the President’s claims to the contrary during the election cycle. To imply that a non-muslim, from a muslim family, will “change” how “militant terrorists” view the US is simply ridiculous. The “militants” or “terrorists” target all of those who disagree with their narrow interpretation of the world, Muslim and Non-Muslim alike.
All of the political spin the media can muster will not change that fact.
The Saudi King is correct, the path to peace lies through religious tolerance, not political correctness or Jihad or “Holy War”.
Ask the American Troops who gave their lives on behalf of Muslims Kosovo, Afgahistan, Iraq, Somalia. Morroco, Tunsia and Indonesia over the last 70 plus years.
If you are ignorant of history you are doomed to repeat it. If your ego is so large you believe history begins with yourself, you qualify as a megalomaniac.
Megalomania (from the Greek word μεγαλομανία) is a historical term for behavior characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, genius, or omnipotence – often generally termed as delusions of grandeur or grandiose delusions. It’s a Greek word ,”megalo” meaning “very large”, “great”, or “exaggerated” and “mania” meaning obsession thus combining to denote an obsession with, either in the form of irrational perceived need for or preoccupation with in one’s own estimation having and/or obtaining, grandiosity and extravagance (especially in the form of great fame and popularity, material wealth, social influence or political power, or more than one or even all of the aforesaid) and accompanying complete desirous and bombastic abandon; a common symptom if not the key diagnostic feature of megalomania. It may be a symptom of manic or paranoid disorders. However it is not considered a distinct mental disorder of itself according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Also See: NARCISSISM or Narcissistic personality disorder