Dave’s written up his thoughts on Trump’s big speech in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and made some excellent points. I’ve made one specific observation in a video about Trump deviating significantly from the script prepared for him. I think the script was written by the State Department at Foggy Bottom, modified by Bannon and possibly Sebastian Gorka and re-interpreted on the fly by Trump himself.
I can’t begin to tell you how much respect I have for him for going off script:
That means honestly confronting the crisis of
IslamistIslamic extremism and the Islamists and the IslamistIslamic terror of all kinds. We must stop what they’re doing to inspire because they do nothing to inspire but kill and we are having a very profound effect if you look at what’s happened recently groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.
Here are some of the other points I thought:
He spoke about and mentioned terror extensively. He said “Islamic terror” and “Islamic extremism” only once each. But when you’re standing in front of the Islamic world’s leaders, it’s pretty clear nobody is discussing Basque separatist terror or Irish nationalist terror.
There was a theme of good vs evil and it is clear which side is which.
This paragraph which followed the one above contains a very interesting word:
Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE FULLY CONDEMNED.
“Piety” is the word the Islamic world uses to signify increased observance of Islamic laws. They don’t say “conservative” and indeed, the western media’s use of the word conservative to denote Muslims following the life of Mohammed closely is devious and deceitful and I believe intended to cast a slur on both political and religious conservatives in the US and the west.
This is Article 1(b) of the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (which the UN shamefully allows Islamic nations to use instead of the UNIVERSAL Declaration of Human Rights).
(b) All human beings are God’s subjects, and the most loved by him are those who are most useful to the rest of His subjects, and no one has superiority over another except on the basis of piety and good deeds.
Notice how (via the trick of a double negative) it specifically grants “superiority” to those based on their “piety and good deeds”. The entire document is subject to interpretation through Islamic Sharia law which makes clear that “piety and good deeds” are those the Quran says are pious and good.
He did refer to Islam as one of the world’s great faiths early on in the speech: that was in contrast to one reference later to Abrahamic faiths. I have long since pointed out that Abrahamic faiths is a deceptive designation because stark contrasts between Islam on one side and Judaism and Christianity.
I also want to emphasize a point Dave picked up on but I’ll say it was deliberate. Trump deliberately pointed out that Islam has it’s two holiest places: Medina and Mecca fully in control of Saudi Arabia. A Muslim nation without any pretence at being a modern, multicultural state. Judaism and Christianity both share Jerusalem and I think Trump was communicating a message: two holy places are sufficient for Islam, leave Jerusalem for the Jews and Christians.
Update: In this act of seemingly incomprehensible inability to listen, Fox News and guest Quanta Ahmed discuss how Trump said Islamist after playing the clip where he clearly says Islamic twice. Bizarre.