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Picture is kiss of death for George Bush prejudice
Herald Sun ^ | 17th April 2009 | Andrew Bolt

Posted on 04/17/2009 3:14:39 AM PDT by naturalman1975

SEE this picture? That's odd, because the Sunday Age's editor can't. Unimaginable, she calls it.

Last weekend, her paper began yet another editorial praising new US President Barack Obama like this:

"Imagine if, only a year ago, the President of the United States had visited Turkey, addressed its parliament, then kissed the Prime Minister on both cheeks.

"That might have been considered far-fetched, but so, too, would have been the President's affirmation that his country was not at war with Islam and that being Muslim in the US is part of the fabric of life.

"It is indeed unimaginable that George Bush would have embraced such thoughts, words and deeds."

Pardon? "Unimaginable?" Only to the spectacularly uninformed.

True, Bush as US President never kissed the blokey Prime Minister of Turkey, preferring a happy two-handed handshake when they met.

But check again the photograph. Will this kiss do? It shows Bush bussing the then Prince Abdullah, now King of Saudi Arabia.

So how did the Sunday Age editor come to write this fantasy:

"(Bush's) arms-length policy, bred out of a certain conservative caution and suspicion, certainly applied to being seen to be in too close a contact with Islamic nations, let alone within kissing distance of their leaders."

And how is it also "unimaginable" that Bush could have said that his country was "not at war with Islam"?

Here he is in 2002 doing just that:

"Because this great nation of many religions understands, our war is not against Islam, or against faith practised by the Muslim people."

How is it "unimaginable" that Bush could have insisted Islam was part of American life? Here, again, is Bush:

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1 posted on 04/17/2009 3:14:41 AM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975
The naivety of not understanding Islam is at war with us will, leads to our own destruction.
2 posted on 04/17/2009 3:29:52 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: naturalman1975
<OT>

Currently-active online poll on MSNBC re Obama's performance in office:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29493093/

Please FReep this poll!

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3 posted on 04/17/2009 3:39:47 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: sausageseller

Bump to that concise description.


4 posted on 04/17/2009 3:43:29 AM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost; sausageseller

Concise, but wholly inaccurate.


5 posted on 04/17/2009 3:59:16 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: allmost; sausageseller

Concise, but wholly inaccurate.


6 posted on 04/17/2009 3:59:16 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
I could repeat, concise but wholly inaccurate right back. Read the koran, get back to me.
7 posted on 04/17/2009 4:02:03 AM PDT by allmost
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To: naturalman1975

I think its acceptable as long as they don’t touch lips and stick their tongues in each other’s mouth......


8 posted on 04/17/2009 4:02:51 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: naturalman1975

Typical leftist crapola.

They simply lie as if they spoke the truth. And they don’t care. They simply create their mythology out of whole cloth falsehoods and weave so many lies that they tell each other around their campfires.

Indeed you will spend untold hours of pointless yammer if you argue that they are wrong and even prove it like this article does.

Facts mean nothing and truth doesn’t matter.

We see the results of that in the last election. I just hope it is the high water mark of a national stupidity that will recede.

We can’t abide more idiocy.


9 posted on 04/17/2009 4:04:44 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero's political stylings since 1-20-09!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

ew. Too early.


10 posted on 04/17/2009 4:16:18 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Now here at the Rock we have two rules. Rule #1 obey all rules. Rule #2 no writing on the walls...)
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To: naturalman1975

I know kissing the other guy on the cheek is a standard greeting in the Middle East, and I’m no serious Bush basher (I’ve got my issues with him, even though overall I’m a fan), but that picture sort of gets my “gaydar” needle off of zero. Ugh


11 posted on 04/17/2009 4:19:54 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (I long for the days when advertisers didn't constantly ask about the health of my genital organs.)
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To: naturalman1975
"(Bush's) arms-length policy, bred out of a certain conservative caution and suspicion, certainly applied to being seen to be in too close a contact with Islamic nations, let alone within kissing distance of their leaders."

Arms length, huh?


12 posted on 04/17/2009 4:26:45 AM PDT by no more apples (now what??)
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To: no more apples

Liberals had fits over Bush’s kiss and handholding.

I went over to DU while the “Obama Bow” issue was going on. Most of the faithful were defending the bow as acceptable and understanding of culture.

There were those, who were pointing out the hypocrisy because of their bashing of Bush for the handholding and kiss.

It is a funny read to see liberals twist and try to parse the ‘difference’ between the two events.


13 posted on 04/17/2009 4:53:43 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

“I think its acceptable as long as they don’t touch lips and stick their tongues in each other’s mouth......”

No. That’s ok. If they go to Tiffany’s afterwards and pick out china patterns that’s another story...


14 posted on 04/17/2009 5:24:38 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (I am a right wing extremist. God Bless America)
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To: Erik Latranyi

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that if their sensitivity to middle eastern culture is equal, then Bush wins, and by association, so do we. Hands down. Guess why?

15 posted on 04/17/2009 6:20:34 AM PDT by Skid Marx
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To: Erik Latranyi
The truth is, kissing on both cheeks is a cultural phenomenon, as is hand holding. Bowing is anti-cultural. Islam directly prohibits one Muslim from bowing to another. The faithful should only bow to Allah. An American President should bow to no one, he is the head of state.

Therefore, they are not just hypocrites, they are uninformed hypocrites.
16 posted on 04/17/2009 6:27:31 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Victory in 2012...but first Victory in 2010!!!)
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To: Sudetenland

Groping for straws is the only liberal defense.


17 posted on 04/17/2009 6:31:47 AM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

And I am so sick and tired of the “liberal twist”!!! :-( Conservatives have a higher standard of “no twist” and get ignored. Sick and bloddy tired of it.


18 posted on 04/17/2009 2:47:47 PM PDT by no more apples (now what??)
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To: 1010RD
Concise, but wholly inaccurate.

What evidence do you have that Islam is not "at war with us" or does not want our destruction?

19 posted on 04/17/2009 5:00:58 PM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: sausageseller

If we were at war with Islam you’d know it. We are at war with a radical, extremist faction of Islam, not all of it.

It is a religion largely trapped in the past and ruled by autocrats who’ve kept their people ignorant, desperate and poor. Once they’ve tasted freedom they rarely go back.

A religion with billions of adherents will get some percentage of radical nuts and ignorant fools, but if all billion of them were at war with civilization you’d be on the front lines yourself.


20 posted on 04/17/2009 5:36:37 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
It is a religion largely trapped in the past and ruled by autocrats who’ve kept their people ignorant, desperate and poor. Once they’ve tasted freedom they rarely go back.

Sounds like liberalism.
21 posted on 04/17/2009 5:54:15 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: PA Engineer

You are wise.


22 posted on 04/17/2009 6:02:26 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: lentulusgracchus

hit it


23 posted on 04/17/2009 9:43:44 PM PDT by culpeper ( When traitors are called heroes, dark times have fallen - Roland Deschain)
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To: 1010RD
"Once they’ve tasted freedom they rarely go back.

Yeah. I have to agree. There are instances win they do revert to something, but it's rarely if ever of their own free will. Usually, it's an economic collapse followed by a strong-man takeover.

I think Iraq will emerge as a fairly secular country with religious underpinning that are based on Islamic principles. Nothing wrong with that. We're a secular country with religious underpinnings based on a Judeo-Christian principles.

Ultimately, I believe Iraq will set an example that other Islamic countries can follow - they can have countries with Islamic principles, but will be democratic in operation. This will mark the end of the Islamic terrorist threat.

24 posted on 04/18/2009 12:11:34 AM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: 1010RD
If we were at war with Islam you’d know it. We are at war with a radical, extremist faction of Islam, not all of it. It is a religion largely trapped in the past and ruled by autocrats who’ve kept their people ignorant, desperate and poor. Once they’ve tasted freedom they rarely go back. A religion with billions of adherents will get some percentage of radical nuts and ignorant fools, but if all billion of them were at war with civilization you’d be on the front lines yourself.

Just not true.

You think of "war" as all out conventional warfare. Islams war is for total domination with little exchange of gunfire. Turkey is becoming more radicalized so is Pakistan and Africa as a whole.

Enclaves of Muslims are growing in every democracy in the world.

25 posted on 04/18/2009 3:10:08 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: sausageseller

You pretend that Islam is united. It is not and hasn’t truly been so in centuries. Read history.

Is it my ideal religion? No, but it is not a worldwide threat that you are painting it as.

I don’t want sharia, but I don’t want socialism either. I’ll fight against both, but right now socialism/fascism at home is worrying me more than Islam.


26 posted on 04/18/2009 3:37:44 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: naturalman1975
You asked: “So how did the Sunday Age editor come to write this fantasy?”

My Comment: She obviously thinks Obama is Muslim and being uninformed thinks only a Muslim would behave the way he has.

In my opinion they (Bush and Obama) are both NWO politicians and that explains the behavior of both.

Cheers

Easy Does It

27 posted on 04/18/2009 5:52:38 AM PDT by eazdzit (Vote for REAL CHANGE. Vote all incumbents out of the Senate. Palin 2012.)
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To: 1010RD
You pretend that Islam is united. It is not and hasn’t truly been so in centuries. Read history.

It is united in the sense that the different sects goals are domination. Each sect has their own radical element that the sect as a whole produces and funds.

Is it my ideal religion? No, but it is not a worldwide threat that you are painting it as.

I have no idea what your "ideal" religion is or really care. Islam as a worldwide threat is well documented and anyone that believes otherwise is dishonest or naive at best.

I don’t want sharia, but I don’t want socialism either. I’ll fight against both, but right now socialism/fascism at home is worrying me more than Islam.

Sharia is a form of socialism . It is top down rules and regulation. It is not freedom.

28 posted on 04/18/2009 9:08:59 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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