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Monday, June 23

Zut alors! Muammar al-Gaddafi smears Barack Obama!

Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya announced on al Jazeera TV last week:
There are elections in America now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama.
Is Brotherly Leader's internet connection powered by a pair of hamsters? Does he not know that Barack Obama set up a website page to address smears against him? And that on the web page, in big letters, Obama addresses the very smear that he is a Muslim? Here is what Obama's Fight the Smears site has to say about his purported connection to Islam:
The truth about Barack Obama's Faith

Lie:
Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Truth:
Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised as a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.
And is Brotherly Leader unaware that at every other opportunity Barack Obama has spoken out to refute any claim that he has a personal connection with Islam?

But wait! Gateway Pundit reveals yet more of Brother Muammar's speech on al Jazeera:
All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency.
Now this is what we in America call "a royal pickle," which means a big mess!

O Brother Muammar, you will need to return to al Jazeera and explain the following to all Muslims:

If they contributed money to Obama's campaign in the belief that he is a Muslim, they were not only misled but also unwittingly participating in what Obama considers a smear, which is a most awful lie meant to destroy a person's reputation!

And of course Senator Obama's campaign must make every effort to determine whether any campaign contributions were given on the misunderstanding that he is, or ever was, a Muslim and return the donations with an apology.

If Obama's campaign is too busy to sort out the donations, surely volunteers will arise to help in this vitally important task. It would be a diplomacy disaster for America if Muslims throughout the Islamic world learned they had donated money to an American on the false belief that he is a Muslim!

But here we arrive at another royal pickle! US federal law only requires campaigns to itemize donations when a donor gives more than $200. Indeed, much of Obama's campaign money is coming from hundreds of thousands of donations of $200 or less.(1)

To boil it down, Brotherly Leader Muammar, it would be next to impossible for Obama's employees or anyone else to figure out who gave how much -- if the donations were $200 or less -- and to ascertain whether the sum total of $200 donations from one individual added up to an illegal campaign contribution.

Ah, but I don't wish to take up your valuable time with a discussion of America's campaign finance woes. I only suggest that you hasten to correct the false impression about Obama that you imparted to the Islamic world. And that in future you refrain from any speech about Barack Obama that he categorically states is a "smear."

Also, while Mr Obama has never publicly stated that he considers discussion of his African heritage to be a smear, in future you might want to avoid irritating him by bringing up that subject -- at least while he is running for the office of the US presidency.

If you find that advice confusing, I will clarify: Now that Mr Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee, he has prepared a new advertising campaign to introduce himself to the white American voters who are still unfamiliar with him. The advertisement features photographs of his white mother and grandparents, but none of his black Kenyan father.

Yet during his nomination campaign, when he was speaking to a black American audience, he dismissed his grandmother as a "typical white person" and at another time told a story to the entire American nation that portrayed her as prejudiced against black people. The portrayal was an untruth.

As to what kind of man would insult his grandmother, who has always been devoted to him and helped raise him, let me put it this way: You and the entire Arab and Islamic world have a great deal to learn about Barack Obama.

Truly, there is no such thing as a "Muslim" or "Christian" poisonous snake. And when its fangs sink into your flesh you do not care whether it is from Africa or Europe. A word to the wise.

1) More about Obama-style campaign reform, Rezko Watch, June 22
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