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Jewish World Review
Sept. 23, 2008
/ 23 Elul 5768
A world without America
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Q. What do Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Barack Obama have in
A. The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the
Democratic candidate for president of the United States of America have
both chosen to spend much of their lives in the company of people who
are virulently hostile to this country. At least some of them seek to
bring about, as Ahmadinejad puts it, a "world without America."
As it happens, Ahmadinejad will be given Tuesday a platform
for his anti-American invective by the United Nations. That
organization increasingly not only shares a generalized transnational
ambition to transform a sovereign, powerful United States in favor of
one-world government. Worse yet, thanks to the growing petro-wealth and
aggressiveness of the leaders of the Organization of the Islamic
Conference (OIC), the UN is actually starting to accommodate itself to
that bloc's ambition to have the new world order be arranged according
to the totalitarian program the Iranian and other Islamists' call
In the early days of the Iranian revolution, Ahmadinejad was a street
thug (and, according to some Americans taken hostage in the U.S. embassy
in Tehran, one of their tormentors) in the service of the radical Shiite
Islamist, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Ever since, he has been rewarded
for his loyalty to the most intolerant strains of Islam and for his
hostility to the "Great Satan."
Today, that service continues as the front-man for the
current ruling theocracy, led by another radical cleric, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei. The Iranian regime is not content with having Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad touting repeatedly its determination to bring about a world
without America - and, by the way, without Israel, either. It is acting
to acquire the capability to fulfill these genocidal threats with the
development and deployment of the means of launching unimaginably
destructive nuclear attacks against these nations.
Is that possible? Unfortunately, given Israel's small size and
concentrated population, a single weapon could effectively achieve
Ahmadinejad's stated goal of "wiping Israel off the map." Less well
understood is the fact that, according to a congressional commission, a
single nuclear weapon used to unleash a devastating electro-magnetic
pulse via a nuclear detonation in space, could cause "catastrophic"
damage to this country, too. By some estimates, were the electrical
grid to be taken down for a very long time, nine out of ten Americans
would be unable to survive. A world without America, indeed.
Thankfully, the friends of Barack Obama who have exhibited their own,
rabid hostility toward this country have had more modest ambitions
towards "changing" this country - or at least not been in a position to
act on Iranian-style apocalyptic visions. It is now common knowledge,
however, that his pastor for twenty-years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright,
called on God to "damn America" and that one of Obama's early political
allies, convicted terrorist William Ayers, expressed regret that he was
unable to "do enough" when it came to "setting bombs."
Before Messrs. Wright and Ayers, though, there was "Frank," the name
Obama gives in his memoirs to a man he describes as a formative
influence during his early years in Hawaii. It turns out this Frank was
none other than Frank Marshall Davis, a Stalinist black Communist whom
the inestimably valuable Cliff Kincaid (www.usasurvival.org), has identified as a "high-level
operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii," which "the
communists had targeted...largely because of its strategic location and
importance to the U.S. defense effort." Kincaid describes Davis as a
"propagandist, racial agitator and recruiter for the Communist Party of
the USA." He reports that, during the 19 years Davis was under FBI
surveillance, Obama's mentor "spent much of his time" photographing
Hawaii's shorelines and beachfronts - presumably not for their scenic
Last, but not least, there is increasing evidence of Obama's
long-standing ties to two others with records of hostility towards this
country. According to investigative reporter Kenneth Timmerman,
the first is Khalid al-Mansour (a.k.a. Don Warden), once a prominent
advocate for racist black nationalism. Since his conversion to Islam,
al-Mansour has worked closely with a Saudi billionaire anxious to "exert
influence in the United States," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. It will be
recalled that the latter was the Wahhabi whose largesse then-New York
Mayor Rudy Guiliani famously spurned after 9/11 upon learning the Saudi
royal had blamed American policies for that day's horrific attack.
Obama reportedly benefited from these Islamists' help in securing a
position at Harvard Law School - a university that now has a $20 million
center named for the prince that helps legitimate the seditious practice
of Shariah in America.
We know that Barack Obama has, in the past, declared his
willingness to meet with the leaders of Iran without precondition.
While he has subsequently qualified that commitment, it seems fair to
conclude that, given what they have in common, the Democratic candidate
would feel unencumbered by a reluctance to dignify - to say nothing of
encourage - so vociferous a proponent of anti-Americanism as Mahmoud
It is clear what kind of "change" the Iranian president believes in and
that which has animated several of Barack Obama's long-time friends.
This week's presidential debate may afford an opportunity to determine
to what extent change inimical to America is also what the Democratic
candidate believes in.
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