CNN is obviously pretty hard up for Palin-bashing material. Even some of the more notable suspects who’ve taken to the opinion section of the network must have known that Governor Palin’s position on Syria was supported by the majority of Americans. Accordingly, they weren’t willing to take the risk of being dissed by droves of angry commenters.
So, they found Dean Obeidallah to take the risk.
His entire piece that takes aim at Governor Palin’s classic line of "Let Allah Sort it Out" and does his best to translate it into something hateful.
Let’s begin with the funniest line from the article:
"[M]y cynical side tells me that Palin was just trying to use inflammatory language to get attention."
Let that sink in for a second. Now, take a look at his byline:
"Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the co-director of the comedy documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" which will be released in September."
What does your "cynical side" tell you about Mr. Obeidallah’s attention-seeking motives?
"Let Allah sort it out."
That is Sarah Palin’s succinct argument against U.S. intervention into Syria. And I have to be honest: I’m impressed with Palin on this one. Not with her horribly callous recommendation, made via Facebook late last week, but because she appears to speak some Arabic.
Actually, no it isn’t. She spelled it out in detail in the many paragraphs which followed that statement which he goes on to admit:
She did go on to say that both sides fighting in Syria are, "shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ at each other."
She could’ve easily translated "Allah Akbar" into English, noting that the combatants were screaming, "God is great." Or as Sen. John McCain remarked Tuesday on Fox News, "Allah Akbar" is no different than an American Christian saying, "Thank God."
Is that supposed to be clever? How many times have radical Muslims screamed "Allah Akbar" before or after slaughtering innocents vs. the number of times we’ve heard a Christian lately scream "Thank God!" before or after doing the same? Considering "both sides" of the battle in Syria are trying to kill each other, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that neither are shouting "God is great" or "Thank God" with warm intentions.
Knowing how to "speak some Arabic" is no match for common sense if one wants to stay alive.
He goes on:
"Now, there is a possibility that Palin believes that Muslims worship a different God than Christians and Jews. If she does, is she’s actually saying that we should sit back and revel in watching Muslims slaughter each other? Could that be her barbaric message? Possibly."
Uh, no. I think she spelled it out for you:
"President Obama wants America involved in Syria’s civil war pitting the antagonistic Assad regime against equally antagonistic Al Qaeda affiliated rebels. But he’s not quite sure which side is doing what, what the ultimate end game is, or even whose side we should be on. Haven’t we learned? WAGs don’t work in war."
Is the "political comedian" claiming to be on the side of either one of these groups? Which one does he want to reform?
As an apologist for the president or any other D.C. elitist who supports this absurd would-be strike, I wouldn’t expect Obeidallah to answer that question just as I don’t expect Congress to act on the side of the people.
"But let’s not forget what Palin said about President Barack Obama’s comments on Libya: "Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end." Palin was roundly criticized for using "shuck and jive," which is a term dating back to 1870s and was originally a "Southern ‘Negro’ expression for clowning, lying, pretense.""
Oh, that again. But of course, he mentions nothing about Chris Matthews using the phrase, or Jay Carney, or good old Art Garfunkel who wrote a song titled "Mr. Shuck and Jive." Again, since nobody at the time who attempted to turn Governor Palin’s very true and accurate comments on the president’s "Benghazi lies" into a (phony) scandal would answer to this hypocrisy, we probably shouldn’t expect this guy to explain the double standard, either.
"Well, it ["Let Allah sort it out"] appears to be based on the infamous phrase: "Kill them all, let God sort them out." This term reportedly comes from the time of the Crusades. You know, those "holy wars" waged by Christians that Sarah might refer to in her Arabic as a "jihad."
First of all, he begins his piece by saying her first line was her "succinct argument" before moving on to suggest that she used the phrase to be incendiary. Now, he wants to explain the deep-meaning behind it as if the Governor meant to say "kill them all, let God sort them out." Only a political comedian could skip around so freely.
Secondly, like most on the left, Obeidallah doesn’t mention the fact that radical Muslims tried taking control of the Holy Land and Christians responded in that war. And since we’re talking about it, I’d like to know what he thinks would have happened if the Muslims had won it. Consider the fact that this occurred centuries before America was founded by 50 of 55 professing Christians. If the Muslims had won the European Crusades, what would have happened to the entire influence over Europe? Who would have discovered America?
And if 50 of 55 professing Muslims had founded our nation’s documents, would they have been as kind as the Christians were by allowing that "freedom of religion" part that liberals like to keep reminding us about? It’s worth pondering, isn’t it?
It’s unclear if Palin comprehends the origins of the phrase she used, but what’s abundantly clear is that she believes that the U.S. should do nothing while people are being slaughtered in Syria.
I’m not sure to what God she prays, but I can assure her that the God of Christians, Jews and Muslims demands more than silence in the face of mass killings — some 100,000 people, including scores of women and children.
In the future, if Sarah Palin is going to show off her Arabic vocabulary, it’s my hope that she doesn’t use it to encourage the world to turn a blind eye as innocent people are butchered.
Not really. What’s "abundantly clear" is this president flubbed up in Libya, now we have more radicals in control. What’s "abundantly clear" is that he’s ready to do the same thing in Syria. Then, what is to become of Israel?
What’s abundantly clear is that the only thing this president can loosely attempt taking credit for — killing Osama bin Laden — is the only thing that was completely set up for him all along. But escalating drone strikes throughout the region, overseeing a growing bloody mess in Afghanistan, and taking his daughters out for ice cream while true freedom-loving rebels in Iran were being killed by their oppressors are all things he did completely on his own.
As such, instead of trying to twist Governor Palin’s position on Syria (supported by the majority of the people) into an act of random hate, perhaps an opportunist like Dean Obeidallah could spend more time praying to his own God with the hope that this country has finally learned its lesson in electing radical leftists to serve as Commander-in-Chief.