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Community Organizing, Cairo Style

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Barack Obama prides himself on being a community organizer — stirring up the disgruntled in Chicago was the sole skill set that earned him the esteemed title of Leader of the Free World.

Using Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as a road map, Barack Obama not only community organized, but taught others how to follow his lead.  Young Obama instructed students that to make a statement that would inspire change, they’d have to be well-practiced in the art of street-level confrontation, picketing, demonstrating, and all-out pandemonium.

He was very good at what he did. Saul Alinsky-style organizers were taught to be “an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions” which, ironically, is exactly what the world is witnessing as the Middle East is ablaze with street-level hatred.

For days the world has watched in growing horror as the fires of animosity have spread.  Yet for those wondering why Barack Obama isn’t addressing more firmly the upheaval in the Islamic world, a simple answer might be that one community organizer can’t very well criticize another community organizer’s style of community organizing, now can he?

Back in Chicago, Barack Obama encouraged the underprivileged to take action on their own behalf by reminding the already resentful of past injustices.   Wherever and whenever there’s strife, there is surely what Obama called “indigenous…charismatic leadership” nearby. There’s always a ringleader in the group – an individual or a team that possesses the ability to make something happen by getting “people to understand the source of their social or political problems.”  In this case the source of the turmoil is rooted in religious zealotry.

Either way, wherever street-level organizing takes place and regardless of the extent of the mayhem, motivating people to unrest to make a point is really nothing more than a mob leader organizing a group of angry thugs and goading them toward hostile confrontation. Sometimes the resulting action takes place in American cities like Chicago, but other times it erupts in unstable pockets in the world like the ones Barack Obama commiserated with in his book “Dreams From My Father” when he said:

[t]he desperation and disorder of the powerless: how it twists the lives of children on the streets of Jakarta or Nairobi in much the same way as it does the lives of children on Chicago’s South Side, how narrow the path is for them between humiliation and untrammeled fury, how easily they slip into violence and despair.

Barack Obama explained in a chapter he wrote for a 1990 book entitled After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois that the work of a successful community organizer is to devise and map out solutions and strategies with the express goal of moving protesters to “action through campaigns that win concrete changes.”  In Chicago, broken streetlights were facilitators to discuss jobs, education and crime. In Cairo, poorly made videos and American infidels are the torches that ignited the flames of unrest in an already unstable situation.

Think about it — thousands of miles away from Chicago, people — angry, vicious people – under the banner of the late al Qaeda leader Osama ‘Alinsky’ Bin Laden are rallying together under the Islam black flag of “common self interest.”

In the Sudan, Tunisia, Egypt, and even in Libya, the means to the end may be more violent and destructive than what went down on the Southside of Chicago, but it’s the same philosophy at work.  In Chicago, picketing opened the door to demanding stop signs be fixed and progressed from there.  In Benghazi, it started with burning American flags; an embassy was then destroyed and innocent lives were lost as ancient grievances were resurrected from the hot desert sand to make a statement against America, the Great Satan, and Isaac, Ishmael’s arch enemy, also known as the nation of Israel.

Whether residing in Chicago, Washington DC, or a remote compound in Pakistan, in their efforts to “make something happen,” community organizers have their own unique ways of applying conflict for change.

Although the gripes and tactics are more primitive, what is actually happening in the Islamic world is simply this: common people with a common agenda are coming together, in their own uniquely violent way, to address a common concern. In Obama’s Chicago, the goal was to whip up the community to a “fighting pitch” to address political and social justice. In this case, the goal is clearly to deliver “Death to America.”

Similar to Alinsky’s recommendations in his radical rules handbook, Middle Eastern protesters are merely exhibiting neighborhood empowerment in a culturally innovative way.  From a tactical point of view, any community organizer worth his salt would have to admit that the community-organizing stratagem Barack Obama so closely identifies with is what is now crudely on display in the Arab world.

Maybe that explains why the perpetually fundraising Barack Obama is hesitant to criticize the chaos; he recognizes that what’s going on thousands of miles from Chicago is an impressive show of “collective power,” where a community vision has moved our Muslim brothers and sisters to action.  It could be that our Community Organizer-in-Chief, who once praised people for “reshap[ing] their mutual values and expectations and rediscover[ing] the possibilities of acting collaboratively,” actually believes that throwing stones, ambushing diplomats, and burning American flags is just another kind of neighborhood effort to foster lasting change.

Amanpour reaps what she’s sown

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Christiane Amanpour has spent her entire career pretending to be an impartial journalist.  Yet, the dark-haired Iranian with the British accent has taken every opportunity to use journalism as a tool to undermine America and her ally Israel’s reputation on the world stage.

Ms. Amanpour has had many low points in her quest to portray the United States in a less than favorable light. In the Muslim world, America’s standing was severely damaged when, in an unbiased way, the London-raised journalist commiserated with radical terrorists by suggesting that the Bush administration’s use of enhanced interrogation mirrored Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

In Dharamsala, India, while Christiane interviewed the Dalai Lama, she peppered her commentary with innuendo. Amanpour suggested that the Dalai Lama successfully evading Chinese Communist forces on horseback in 1959 was a “somber remembrance that is a little like what the Palestinians do every year.” Christiane said: “They call it al-Nakba, or ‘catastrophe,’ which marks 1948 when they lost much of their land as the state of Israel was founded.”

Amanpour’s pathetic attempt to demean the nation of Israel is rivaled only by her describing American Christianity in the same breath as radical Islam.  Referring to the CNN special God’s Warriors, the neither fair, nor impartial host shared: “Wherever I go, what the believers do all have in common is that they want to bring the politics of faith into the very center of public life – we are seeing this now on almost every continent.”

Amanpour’s comments implied little difference between theocratic Islamists imposing Sharia law on whole nations and evangelical Christians in the United States choosing to participate in government and politics.

On a personal note, Christiane is married to James Rubin, former State Department spokesman in the Clinton administration. Rubin “worked as a foreign policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign…[and] would like to work in the Obama administration.”

Even after Christiane expressed the partisan opinion that merely having Barack Obama as President abated global disdain for America, Mrs. Rubin remains convinced, “Nobody knows [her] biases.”

Defending Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Amanpour said, in just six months, the President had “Obviously done something very significant, and that is, after eight years in which the United States was really held in contempt,” thanks to Barack, the United States has “a new relationship with the rest of the world.”

Two years later, while embedded as a reporter in Cairo, Amanpour personally experienced the result of Obama’s Middle East peace effort. After spending decades promoting anti-American sentiment, Christiane ironically became a victim of the type of hostility her journalistic bias has helped foster around the world.

Reporting from Tahir Square, the ABC News reporter was attacked by an “angry mob of pro-Mubarak protesters” that surrounded Ms. Amanpour and chased her car, shouting hate for America as well as hate for the American media.

Stranded in Cairo, being pursued by a furious anti-American mob, Amanpour must have secretly been wishing she were home in the mean old US of A, especially when protesters “kicked in the doors” and “broke [the] windshield” as she and her cameramen drove away.

Imagine the twist of fate! After years of portraying the United States in a negative light, to find yourself defenseless against the very people you’ve strived to ingratiate. Far from the safety of America’s shores, struggling with an “overwhelming sense of fear,” would a person like Christiane Amanpour even stop to consider that maybe the words she’s built her America/Israel-hating career upon could be what helped fuel an atmosphere that endangered her life and threatens the world?

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