It’s hard to think original thoughts while undergoing massive organ failure, so for tonight I will just add my own to the chorus of voices yelping in indignation over the interview that NASA director Charles Bolden gave to al-Jazeera. Here’s what he said (starting at about 1:11):
“Before I became the NASA administrator, [President Obama] charged me with three things: One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and math and engineering…
This is pathetic, absurd, outrageous, insulting, patronizing, insane, embarrassing, foolish, disgraceful… I could exhaust Roget’s and still fetch up short of doing this justice. But I needn’t bother, because others have got there ahead of me.
Here’s Charles Krauthammer:
“A new height in fatuousness,” Krauthammer called it. “Absolutely unbelievable.”
Indeed it is — or, to take a darker view, it is believable only if one begins to give credence to the idea that President Obama knows exactly what he is doing, and is deliberately, and competently, dismantling everything that has lifted the United States of America, over the last few centuries, to its unique place in human history. (Lawrence Auster has been making this point for a while now, and I have to say it is looking more and more persuasive.)
Meanwhile, as we pervert our greatest national institutions on a fool’s errand to pacify and appease our mortal enemies, a conference was held over the weekend on the subject of just what it means to be a Muslim in the West. It was called the Khalifa Conference, and it took place in Sydney on July 4th. Below is a promotional video. I must say that it is refreshing in its forthrightness about the fundamental incompatibility of Islam and Western civilization — especially in comparison to the girlish fantasies of both the Obama and Bush administrations regarding the real nature of Islam and the Ummah. Would that our political leaders had the nerve to discuss this so frankly.
Toward the end the script says:
And so Muslims in the West have to question: do we, and can we, integrate — or would integration entail compromising some of our key Islamic principles?
They know very well that it will. And we should too.