Barack Obama and radical Islam: The invisible elephant

With the re-election of Barack Obama, the world has become more dangerous. Radical Islam is emboldened and there may be more trouble in Iran and Syria. 


CHARLOTTE, November 9, 2012 – With the re-election of Barack Obama, the world has suddenly become a more dangerous place. Most Americans do not even know it.

The candy store owner is handing out free goodies to unsuspecting and unconcerned masses while buildings just down the street are surrounded in flames.

Following the president’s Benghazi cover-up combined with the media’s refusal to report details of the terrorist attack in Libya, there can be little doubt about the enormity of American apathy for events in the Middle East. Apathy that will most assuredly increase Islamic radicalism.

Radical Islam is the invisible elephant in the room, and Barack Obama is either powerless or unwilling to do anything about it

Definitive answers about Libya remain to be revealed, but there is one name that should not be forgotten: Abdel Hakim Belhaj. In August of last year, Belhaj was placed in charge of Tripoli, even though he is a known terrorist and was among those detained at Guantanamo.

Not only is Belhaj a radical, he has also been identified as a "brother" of al Qaeda by Ayman al-Zawahiri.

In his zeal to oust Mohamar Qaddaffi, Obama was willing to allow Belhaj to return to a leadership role following the revolution in Libya. Several sources report that captured classified documents reveal that Belhaj is now in command of most of the Libyan government, a puppet government under the control of Islamists. All of which means that Obama is consciously supporting al Qaeda in Libya and North Africa.

You remember al Qaeda. That’s the terrorist group that is now “on the run.”

The next Middle East objective will be getting rid of Bashar Hafez al-Assad, the current President of Syria. Both Britain and France would like to overthrow Assad, as would Turkey. But the Turks have even more ambitious goals which is to vanquish Syria in the hope of reviving the Ottoman Empire.

Ousting Assad is seen in the West as a cause to bring about peace and democracy in Syria in much the same as was intended by overthrowing of Mubarak in Egypt and Qaddaffi in Libya.

We all know how those uprisings turned out.

Defeating Assad opens the door for Turkey to move into Syria and take over. If Syria yields because it seeks a stronger government through Turkish rule, it could establish an Islamic state in Syria for the primary purpose of creating a Caliphate.

A Caliph is a representative of the people and must govern according to Sharia law, which is the religious law of Islam. Such a possibility would not be pleasant for the West.

If Turkey is able to become a superpower in the region, it could eventually expand throughout the Near East, which would pose a threat to both the West and Israel.

Such a threat would be an additional Middle Eastern problem since there is already plenty to be concerned about in Iran.

Speculation? Perhaps. But it certainly makes the cover-up of attacks on the consulate in Benghazi more troubling.

Barack Obama’s background and upbringing were supposedly assets for his presidency because he could deal with the Muslim world, and he understood its nuances. Rather it is precisely that background and upbringing that has established increasing tension and danger in the Islamic world. Among the consequences is that radical Islam is emboldened as never before.

As usual, Americans won’t take notice until that burning building down the street also engulfs that candy store. By then it will be too late, and we will scratch our heads and all wonder why.

The economy, the deficit, healthcare and other campaign issues are problems that can dealt with at home. They are traditional battles between Democrats and Republics or liberals and conservatives.

But there is a more menacing issue at hand. It’s the expansion of worldwide radical Islam; that elephant nobody sees.

Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to Switzerland, France and Italy for groups of 12 or more. Inquiries for groups can be made at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others. As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

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