By Matt Ward
Talk of a “legacy” is in the air. To this end, Barack Obama has been working hard over the past few weeks, attempting to ensure his own legacy is firmly secured.
The legacy Barack Obama will be remembered for began back in 2009, when he delivered a truly world changing speech in Cairo, Egypt. In this foundational speech, Barack Obama outlined his vision for the world at the very beginning of his presidency. He outlined his vision for the Middle East, for Israel, and for Islam. It was this vision that would subsequently set US government policy over the next eight years of Obama’s administration.
Asked by an interviewer last week, at the conclusion of his second term, if with the benefit of hindsight he would make that same speech again, Obama’s response was stunningly simply; “absolutely” he would.
Despite all the failures, despite ISIS, despite the horrific genocide of Christians in the Middle East that occurred during his time in office, despite the mass migration of entire people’s and nations from the Middle East into America and Europe, despite Paris, Brussels, Fort Hood, Boston, San Bernardino and Orlando; despite a resurgent and nuclear hungry Iran, despite the successful invasion of the Middle East by Russia, despite the blatant politicization of US institutions such as the Department of Justice and IRS, Barack Obama says resolutely that “yes,” he would do it all over again if he could.
It is the mark of a well-developed narcissist to remain so willfully committed to his own failed agenda in the face of such overwhelming destruction, death, failure and corruption.
This is because in Obama’s mind the strategy he outlined in Cairo has not really failed. Quite the opposite, it has been an outstanding success and has only now, at the very conclusion of his time in power, approached a point of completion.
In Cairo, during the first half of his hour-long diatribe, Obama set out the framework for his views on understanding Islam’s relationship with the Western world and with the United States. His view, and that of the administration he led, was that Islam had been subject to colonialist type aggression and even racism, from both America and the West.
Islam, according to Obama, was being oppressed by the West, by the United States, and by Israel in the Middle East. President Obama’s view was that the United States of America and the West were highly prejudiced in the way they had dealt with Islam, and the Islamic nations of the world.
He went on to say that this status quo was going to end. How right he was. In the second half of the Cairo speech, Barack Obama detailed how this status quo was going to come crashing down.
Firstly, Obama promised to withdraw US forces from Iraq, no matter what the consequence, and this he has now done. We all know, and much has been written, about the subsequent carnage caused by the rise of ISIS, all directly linked to this removal of US power.
Secondly, Obama promised to keep US troops in Afghanistan. US troops remain there to this day, all be it with no clearly defined mission or objectives.
But then, finally, came the real crux of his speech, what the whole thing had been building up to: the Israeli-Palestinian problem. This was the point, right at the very beginning of Barack Obama’s new presidency when the alarm bells truly began to ring. In Obama’s vision for resolving the Israeli – Palestinian issue, he felt it necessary to first state his own views on the root causes of this most ideologically intractable of conflicts.
In Cairo, Obama proclaimed that Israel was created as a modern nation only as a direct consequence of the Jewish Holocaust. Obama therefore believed that Israel as a nation was not established out of respect for any legitimate Jewish historical national rights to the land. Israel came to be, in Obama’s view, because the West and America essentially felt sorry for them, all because of the holocaust.
Obama was suggesting that Israel was granted nationhood in 1948, essentially because the world pitied the Jews. The ever so subtle implication of this is that Israel, therefore, has no legitimate historical claim to that land, that they shouldn’t be there, but that it was given out of a “guilt” complex.
Worse still, and following logically on from this, was the silent implication that the Palestinians are in fact the real indigenous people of the land, which is currently unjustly occupied by the modern State of Israel.
Obama was arguing that Israel was created by a modern day form of colonialism, which was motivated by a western post-Holocaust guilt complex, and that therefore the real victims in this whole process are not Jews, but Palestinians.
It is a horrendous and thoroughly perverse reinterpretation of history. It makes the guilty out to be the innocent and the innocent out to be the guilty. It is anti-Semitic to its core. Rather than right the wrongs of the holocaust, this ideology will surely see its fulfillment in another Jewish holocaust yet future, because it makes Jews and Zionism out to be “fair game” for the attacks leveled against them in our own time. “1948 was a great injustice, therefore the attacks on Israel and the Jews who live there are wholly legitimate,” or so this twisted line of thought goes.
This is exactly what we see today. This is Obama’s legacy to the world. It is Barack Obama’s reinterpretation of history, revealed at Cairo in 2009, which has now been taken on by the international community. It will eventually become the ideological backbone for all future Jewish persecution. It will stand against Obama for all time as a lasting legacy of shame.
In just ten minutes in Cairo, Barack Obama undermined the entire existence and future legitimacy of the modern state of Israel, and undoubtedly laid the seeds for their coming persecution. He depicted the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948 as an epic historical mistake. In Obama’s narcissistic and messiah complex driven psyche, at the very end of his term in office, he even came to see himself as the man of the hour, attempting to remedy the historical aberration that is called “Israel,” at the viciously anti-Semitic United Nations.
Resolution 2334, passed on 23rd December, the failed Paris Peace Conference of January 15th, and talk of a possible further UN Security Council resolution before he left office, now fortunately come to nought, should be seen in this light.
Obama wanted to divide the land of Israel in favor of the Palestinians. That is what we saw manifesting in the foreign policy of the United States in the final weeks Obama’s time in power, something I believe he was working towards from the very beginning. That this did not come about and was thwarted is a great answer to pray, and a blessing.
It is also potentially a reprieve. The United States has been standing on the very edge of a gaping abyss, and has only just stepped back from it with the ending of Obama’s time in power. All hopes are that the damage caused by Resolution 2334 can now be negated by the incoming Trump administration.
Many nations and powerful empires have tried to destroy tiny Israel throughout time. The Egyptians tried, as did the Philistines, the Assyrian Empire, the Persian Empire, followed by the Greek Empire; then the Romans tried, and the Byzantines, who were followed by the Spanish Empire and then the Crusaders; concluding with the Nazis and most recently the Soviets. The United States, some would say, almost came to be numbered amongst them this past week.
All these Empires now share one thing in common; they have all been erased from existence, gone forever. They were all utterly destroyed.
Yet little Israel still remains, now a nation increasingly alone, once again surrounded by wolves.
At the end of it all, when all the nations of the world have fallen in the wake of the destruction caused by Antichrist, two things will be true. Israel will still be standing, because God guarantees her survival, and a Jewish King, of the line of David and of the Tribe of Judah, will have come to rule all the nations of this world; his name is Jesus, the Mashiach Nagid, the Messiah, the King.
That day fast approaches.
“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” (Palm 2:1-6)