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Is Obama Misinformed, Or Is He Lying?

During his remarks on James Foley’s murder by Islamic jihadists, President Obama flatly stated that the Islamic State’s beheadings and massacre of innocents are not condoned by Islam’s Allah god

By Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.), Right Side News

Excerpt from the Transcript of Obama’s Comments

Let’s be clear about ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]. They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can, for no other reason than they practice a different religion.

They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people. So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. 

What the Allah god is quoted as instructing Muslims in Islam’s “sacred” text

  The “holy” Quran:Flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.svg

5:51: “O you, who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are (in fact) allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is (one) of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing [Jewish and Christian] people.”

8:12: “When your Lord inspired [announced] to the angels, ‘I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved (in Islam), so strike (them) upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip’."

8:39: "And fight them [non-Muslims] until there is no fitna [disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief] and (until) the religion, all of it, is for Allah.”

9:5:  “And when the sacred months [four periods during the year when tribal warfare was forbidden by mutual tribal agreement on the Arabian peninsula in Muhammad’s time] have passed, then kill the polytheists [Christians who believe in the Trinity, animists, and idolaters] wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakat [which is charity only for fellow Muslims, and/or funding for jihad], let them (go) on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. [Kill those who do not receive Islam as their faith, but spare those who convert to Islam.]” 

9:29:  “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day [Islamic eschatology] and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad] have made unlawful [that is, do not practice Islamic Sharia jurisprudence] and who do not adopt the religion of truth [Islam] from those [Jews and Christians] who were given the Scripture  [the Jewish and Christian Old & New testaments] – (fight) until they give the jizya [Muslim submission tax for non-Muslims] willingly while they are humbled.” 

9:73: “O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers [non-Muslims] and the hypocrites [unfaithful Muslims] and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.” 

 9:123: " O you who have believed, fight those adjacent to you of the disbelievers [non-Muslims] and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous.” 

47:4: “So when you meet (in battle) those who disbelieve [in Islam], strike (their) necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either (confer) favor afterwards or ransom (them) until the war lays down its burdens. That (is the command).” 

61:9:  “It is He [Allah] who sent His Messenger [Muhammad] with guidance and the religion of truth [Islam] to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allah dislike it [even though the infidels may resist].” 

The Contradictions

  In his pre-golf, high dudgeon, Obama declared “ISIL speaks for no religion,” and “no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.” But in the Quran, which reputedly contains the Islamic god’s exact words as dictated to the purported prophet Mohammad, it indisputable the Allah god orders his followers to slaughter and to cut off the heads and limbs of those who do not believe in Islam: “So when you meet (in battle) those who disbelieve [in Islam], strike (their) necks until when you have inflicted slaughter upon them” and “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved (in Islam), so strike (them) upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.’

Obviously both things cannot be true – Obama’s characterization of a benevolent Islam and the undeniable Quranic demands for massacre and mayhem. When Obama pontificates his all-inclusive judgment that “no religion” countenances terrorism, and presumably Islam is included in Obama’s sweeping generalization, it is clear that his specific intent is to exhorerate and distance Islam from Islamic jihad’s mandated barbarity. By his statements Obama is implying that Islam preaches benevolence when, as the Quranic quotations above prove, exactly the opposite is true.

So when Obama, who grew up in an Islamic culture, professed knowledge of Islam in his Ankara and Cairo 2009 speeches, and has unlimited resources at his disposal to acquire information, the obvious question arises: Is Obama totally ignorant of the 109 Quranic suras that call for violence against non-Muslims, or is he lying to the American people by blatantly mischaracterizing the bellicose, imperialistic nature of Islam?


As the Islamic threat continues to grow and becomes increasingly dangerous, it is imperative for the American people that the answer to the question of the reason causing Obama’s distortion of Islam be determined. And then, either the president’s perilous ignorance must be remedied, or the U.S. congressional and national security establishments must act to correct the growing deficiencies arising from Obama’s mischaracterization of Islam.

Absent either of those outcomes, large numbers of Americans are put at mortal risk.

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Col Thomas Snodgrass USAFCol. Thomas Snodgrass, USAF (retired) served over a year in Peshawar, Pakistan, working with Pakistani military intelligence. During his year in Vietnam he daily scheduled 130 U.S. Army and Air Force intelligence collection aircraft. In his final overseas tour he was the U.S. Air Attaché behind the Iron Curtain in Warsaw, Poland.

In total, Col. Snodgrass was variously an Intelligence Officer or an International Politico-Military Affairs Officer serving duty tours in seven foreign countries, as well as teaching military history and strategy at the Air War College, US Air Force Academy, and USAF Special Operations School during a thirty-year military career.

Additionally, he was awarded an Air Force scholarship to get a history master’s degree in revolutionary insurgent warfare at the University of Texas, as well as being granted a year's educational sabbatical to teach and to write about international relations as an Air Force Research Associate in the graduate school at the Center for Advanced International Studies, University of Miami, Florida. Following the Air Force, Col. Snodgrass was an adjunct professor of military history for ten years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona..

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