But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because — you know, in a lot of these places — the one organizing principle — has been Islam.
That's a direct quote from the President on 60 Minutes last night (one minute for every live viewer, I suppose). Many pundits, especially Conservative pundits, are focusing on the "bumps in the road" portion of the comment. They are rightly pointing out that the murder of four Americans, including an ambassador, and the assaults against our embassies and those of our allies are hardly mere "bumps in the road."
One thing I think is not getting enough attention, though, (and I'll toss a h/t to Gabe over at the AoSHQ for this) is the fact that Barack Obama is finally admitting that Islam is the problem.
Islam requires these riots and murder. To Islam, there is nothing worse than an insult, real or perceived, and any insult must be answered with violence. It is a barbaric religion focused on conquest. In short, Islam is Evil.
Now, I don't think Barack Obama is going to confront this Evil he has so tepidly admitted, but it is nice to at least finally get the admission.
If you want to place blame for the various crises in the Middle East on someone, look no further than Islam. If you want to place blame for Israel's precarious position on someone, look no further than Islam. If you want to place blame for violence, destruction, and murder in the Middle East on someone, look no further than Islam.