Obama’s Abominable ‘Respect’ for Bin Laden Burial Rites

By Robert Spencer, JIHAD WATCH

After approving the Navy SEALs’ mission to kill Osama bin Laden (or allowing Leon Panetta to approve it, as some reports indicate), Barack Obama has been in full retreat mode, doing everything he can to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Most notoriously, he ordered a full Muslim burial for Osama bin Laden, contradicting his own claim that bin Laden was “not a Muslim leader.”

Even worse, when Islamic groups started to complain about the fact that bin Laden was buried at sea, rather than on land in accordance with Islamic law, Obama took pains to assure the world that the American troops involved in the burial were “respectful of the body” of bin Laden.

The word “respectful” is all-important, because the sea burial had once again plunged those ever-fragile Islamic supremacists into a crisis of self-esteem. Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, a former resident of the United Kingdom who—until he left on a jaunt to Lebanon and wasn’t allowed back into the country—used to boast that one day the “black flag of Islam” would fly over 10 Downing Street, fulminated that “the Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial, and I don’t think this is in the interest of the U.S. administration.”

This is a man, mind you, who didn’t find anything “humiliating” about 3,000 dead Americans on 9/11. On the contrary, Muhammad celebrated the Islamic jihadist murderers of those Americans as “The Magnificent 19.” But of course, those dead were infidels—Bakri has apparently not picked up on the new theme from the Islamic supremacist propaganda machine in the U.S., that Muslims were killed in the twin towers’ collapse, and therefore a triumphal mosque at Ground Zero is altogether fitting and proper.

Another Islamic cleric, the Iraqi Sheikh Abdul-Sattar al-Janabi, warned about Osama’s sea burial that “what was done by the Americans is forbidden by Islam and might provoke some Muslims. It is not acceptable, and it is almost a crime to throw the body of a Muslim man into the sea.”

Al-Janabi is not on record saying that the 9/11 attacks were “forbidden by Islam” or were “almost a crime.” But again, they were just infidels. The body of the great hero is another thing altogether.

And instead of telling these men and other outraged Muslims to take a long walk off a short pier, Barack Obama granted that they had a point, assuring the media that American personnel were “respectful of the body.” He thus demonstrated (yet again) that he was interested in taking pains not to “humiliate Muslims,” and that he was being careful not to do anything that was “forbidden by Islam and might provoke some Muslims,” much less anything that an Islamic cleric would classify as “almost a crime.”

In displaying such sensitivity, Obama wins no points in the Islamic world. He only appears as what he is, which is weak and unwilling to do what is necessary to defeat the Islamic jihad that will be in no way stopped by the death of Osama bin Laden.

In 1945, when Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his besieged Berlin bunker, German officials were careful to burn his body. They wanted to make sure his corpse didn’t fall into the hands of the Russians. They knew the Russians were not likely to give Hitler a respectful Aryan funeral, but would probably display his body as a trophy. Imagine if Hitler had been captured and killed by American troops. Can you envision FDR ordering that he be given a dignified funeral and burial?

Of course he would not have, for to have done so would have been to suggest some legitimacy to this genocidal monster’s actions, his life, and his legacy. And in saying (counterfactually) that Osama bin Laden was “not a Muslim leader,” Obama seems to have been trying to deny the al-Qaeda chief exactly that. So why then turn around and force American troops to endure the rites of the very religion that inspired bin Laden to commit mass murder in the first place?

It was no less absurd and insulting than the Americans’ burying Hitler with a Nazi flag draped over his coffin would have been in 1945. Obama owes the American people an apology.

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  1. If it is not proper to bury Arabs at sea than G-d would not have drowned so many at the Reed Sea over 3,000 years ago

  2. We were at war with Germany. I missed the declaration of war against Osama. Of coursebgiven the lawless ness of Obama and Bush teh Navy Seals can do teh same to you or me at any time. Feel secure yet?

  3. I know this is off topic, but does anyone speak Arabic? I noticed Fox News flashing announcement of Osama’s death, spelling his name “Usama”. I asked one of the journalist at Fox why they chose to spell the name differently, and someone came back with the answer, “Because it is the Arabic spelling of his name”. Well, there are laws of language and why insert a so-called Arabic spelling, when the announcement is to an English speaking audience. And, how does anyone know if that is an “Arabic” spelling, or a way to place a gap between the spelling of Osama and Obama? So, I responded with a question: Does that mean in Arabic Obama would be spelled Ubama?” …. No response from Fox News, but since I asked that question, on their Facebook page, I can no longer post comments on my Facebook page without first typing in codes. Someone is very sensitive over there at Facebook (or Fox News).

  4. The CIA Production co. has supplied us with Thin Osamsas, Heavy set Osamas, Older and graying Osamas, stern and jovial Osamas, Osama spft spoken spiritual leader. They must have had at least 3 live doubles for a reported dead Osama who is reported to have died of renal failure in 2001-2002

    America and europe are supporting an Al-Qeida led insurrection in Libya and Yemen, bombing Al-Qeida in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    For reson we can only speculate on they decided to end the Osama narrative bogeyman and we are now waiting to see who they choose to replace him with. Speculation is Pakistan and the ISI. There will be a major attack against America and Pakistan and Al-Qeida will be blamed. Problem now is that China has come out on the side of Pakistan, Russia will probably not sit idly by if things turn hot.

    Carrings on up the Khyber Pass
    By Syed Saleem Shahzad

    Curse of the Khyber Pass

    I recommend reading all of the current Issue of FP page 1 and page 2

    Exxon Mobil: Goodbye coal, hello natural gas

    China (unfortunately) leads the way

    Does Central Asia matter? A response to Dan Drezner

    How to read the Russia-China pipeline deal

    How I started a war with Russia

  5. News Tailored to the Times

    “The wicked flee when no one pursues,
    but the righteous are bold as a lion.
    When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
    but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
    its stability will long continue”.

    Americans need to be ever vigilant , ever fearful because Bin Laden lives forever no matter how many times he may die.He rises up in another form time and time again.
    Meanwhile the economy implodes and liberty must be curtailed to preserve you from terror.

    Osama, or now, Usama, was killed in an opulent mansion during a horrific fire fight with Al Qaeda soldiers, His wife was used as a human shield and was shot dead herself.

    Osama died in a squalid jail-like compound being shot point blank when he was surprised, unarmed by an elite Navy Seal team

    Osama Bin Laden died in 2001/02 from renal failure as a result of Marfan’s disease as per the CIA and numerous other sources in the know.

    Obama, not to be confused with Osama, and his team of whatevers, including Hillary “shut my gob” Clinton, actually watched while Osama was shot in the face.

    No, they did not watch, there was a gap in transmission and they saw nothing. Hillary’s face of horror was just the stifling of a cough or the situation was something entirely different.

    The photo was not posed.
    The photo was posed.
    Burying at sea is a traditional Moslem way of doing things.

    Info about burial at sea as a Moslem tradition was added to Wikipedia by dot gov web addressees within hours of the actual “burial”.and moslem clerics deny it is an accepted form of burial for any but those who actually die at sea.

    Al Qaeda is our mortal enemy and the cause of terrorism around the world.
    Al Qaeda are freedom fighters seeking to liberate Libya from the clutches of tyranny so the CIA must be on the ground there to advise them on how that is done.

    Who to believe? Well it depends on what nations you feel are perfect and flawless.
    It depends on your agenda.

  6. Osama does not need to be respectyed and neither does Obama.
    Bury him with Osama.
    Wake up people, Obama duped you too.
    He is an enemy of Israel…..

  7. This photo of the burial shows that it was done in great respect. Notice the American serviceman raising his armpit in salute.