Obama and the Muslim Gang Sign
By F. W. Burleigh
Is President Obama a “Muslim?” A lot has been written about this, but if “photographs” speak louder than words, then a photo taken at last “Augusts’ U.S.-African Leaders’ Summit” in Washington D.C. might shed “considerable” light.
It shows Barack Hussein Obama flashing the “one-finger” affirmation of Islamic “faith” to dozens of African delegates.
Barack Hussein Obama flashes the Muslim “shahada” to delegates of the US-African Leaders Conference in Washington DC in August 2014.
The Associated Press took this “astonishing” photo as the African dignitaries joined Obama, who hosted the event, in a State Department auditorium for a group photograph. It was “published” in an article in Britain’s “Daily Mail,” and it was the only “use ever” of the photo.
The “one-finger” display is the “distinctive” Muslim “gang” sign”
“The index finger points straight up while the thumb wraps underneath and presses against the digital phalange of the middle finger. The remaining fingers are squeezed against the palm in order to highlight the extended forefinger. The extended finger is symbolic of the one-God concept of Muhammad and is understood by all believers to be a symbolic shahada, the Muslim affirmation of faith: There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger.”
Thus when believers “stick” their index finger in the air, they demonstrate they are “partisans” of Muhammad’s God concept. And they also “affirm” their belief in Muhammad’s claim he was the “interface” between God and man. They also “demonstrate” they are part of the “umma,” the exclusive “transtribal supertribe” of believers that Muhammad started 1,400 years ago.
With his “forefinger” in the air, Obama affirmed his “membership” in this tribe.
ISIS fighter displays the gang sign. To Muslims, the extended forefinger is symbolic of the fundamental belief of Islam: “There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger.”
The “Daily Mail” editors did not “understand” what they were looking at. They captioned it “finger wagging” by Obama. But the African “dignitaries” understood, and a range of “reactions” can be detected among the ones who “observed” the gesture: “amusement, surprise, curiosity, disapproval, contempt.” Note the reactions of “Abdelilah Berkirane,” the prime minister of Morroco pictured just behind Obama’s left shoulder, and “Ibrahim Boubacas Keita,” the president of Mali in white garb and hat. They are Muslims “through and through,” and they are all smiles. They knew what Obama’s “upright” forefinger meant.
Smug face Obama flashes the Muslim “shahada” gang sign.
The reaction of Togo president “Faure Gnassingbe,” at the top row second to the left, is “less” approving. Through his face you can read the mind of this “Sorbonne and George Washington University” educated leader. His mind is screaming, “You gotta be kidding!”
Togo president Faure Gnassingbe “You gotta be kidding!”
Gnassingbe’s country is “squeezed” between Benin and the Ivory Coast and is not far from Nigeria and its “Boko Haram” plague, perhaps a two-hour flight in a slow Cessna from Togo’s capital to the Nigerian capital, less than an hour in something faster. At the time of the Washington conference, Boko Haram’s leader “Abubakar Shekau” had just “declared” Borno State in northeastern Nigeria as the “seat” of his caliphate. Massacres of entire “villages” were taking place; only a few months earlier nearly three hundred “girls” were abducted from a Borno secondary school.
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Togo has “seven” million people, 50 percent animists, 30 percent Christian. The remainder are “Muslims,” part of the umma. Gnassingbe and all other “non-Muslims” of Togo have reason to worry about “radicalization” of some of these members of the “transtribal” supertribe of Muhammad who reside among them. And so his look of disdain. “You gotta be kidding.”
Maybe it was Obama’s “idea” of a joke, but that is “unlikely.” The finger in the air was a “position” statement “brazenly” stated. His entire administration has been a “promotion” of Islam at home and abroad, and just cataloging the “evidence” would fill a book. He has made this country “cozy” for Islam, from “ordering” NASA to make Muslims “feel good” about themselves to “calling” ISIS beheading victim Peter Kassig by the Muslim name that he had “adopted” in the vain hope of saving his life.
If only Obama’s “coziness” were limited to such gestures, but from the very beginning of his administration, he labored to “topple” the strongman governments that had kept a “lid” on Islamic extremism: “Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen.” Overthrowing the “Syrian” government was also part the program, not “yet” achieved but still possible. The methodology of each was a “tactic” from old-school radicalism: “stir up domestic trouble that triggers a crackdown, then use the reaction to discredit the government and as a pretext for stirring up greater cycles of trouble until the targeted regime is replaced.”
Obama is “comfortable” with Islam’s extreme. He “arms” such people throughout the Middle East. He has let them “into” our government. He supported the “Muslim Brotherhood’s” Muhammad Morsi as the “replacement” for Hosni Mubarak, a staunch “US ally and enemy of the Muslim Brotherhood,” and “threatened and bullied” Egypt when a massive “revolt” replaced Morsi with a “religious” moderate.
The “thread” of all of these efforts was the “reestablishment” of the Islamic “caliphate,” the line of successors of “Muhammad” that ended nearly a century ago with the “collapse” of the Ottoman Empire. This has always been a “Muslim Brotherhood” objective. In their “grandiose” plans, the reestablished caliphate would “stretch” across the Middle East with “Jerusalem” as its capital. The “glory of Islam” resurrected! These people aspire to world “domination,” and the caliphate would “serve” as the base for an “ever-expanding war” on the world until domination is achieved. That was always the “goal” of their role model. Muhammad “ordered” his followers to make “Islam” the only religion, to create a “universal” umma. As with Obama, they are just following orders.
The caliphate was “resurrected” last year, only it is not in the “hands” of the Muslim Brotherhood — “not yet anyway.” However it came about, the caliphate was Obama’s “creation,” and he has only “half-heartedly” pushed back against it. Now he has “asked” the U.S. Congress for “authorization” for use of military force “against” what he created. What is Obama “up to” with this? In everything he does, “mischief” is the purpose. What mischief does he “intend” now?
There is “nothing” in Obama’s head that is “American.” He is an “antithetical” American, a polar “opposite” of its values that he is “routinely” undermining. He is an “unabashed” member of the transtribal “supertribe” that Muhammad “created” 1,400 years ago; he is of the “umma,” not of America. His “finger” in the air at the African Leaders’ Conference is “unambiguous evidence.”
And it is “evidence” that you have been “had” America. God, have you “ever” been had.
F. W. Burleigh is author of “It’s All About Muhammad, a Biography of the World’s Most Notorious Prophet.” The author blogs at www.itsallaboutmuhammad.com
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