This is what will happen if America makes a left-wing multiculturalist its president. Barack Obama told a French magazine that if he is elected, he will hold a summit with Muslim countries in order to try and improve the United States’ image around the world.

Hmm, this sounds vaguely familiar. Oh yeah, now I remember. A few months ago he said if he was elected he would have face-to-face meetings with every deranged, enemy dictator on the planet, presumably to show how open-minded an Obama-led America would be and presumably to show that if you just sit down and talk to your enemies, everything can easily be straightened out to everyone’s liking.

He got hammered by Hillary and others in his own party for that display of childlike naiveté, after which, in order to show his toughness, he promised to invade Pakistan should the need arise.

Can’t reasonable people of all stripes and political persuasions come together and agree that this guy would be a disaster as commander-in-chief? Actually, no, of course not. That would be naiveté on my part. The fact is that millions of misguided Americans agree with Obama that the United States is the reason for most of the friction that exists between it and the Middle East, as well as other troublesome areas of the world.

Well, I’ve got a question for those millions and for Mr. Obama himself: Given that the Middle East and most of the Islamic world is a poverty-ridden basket case of ignorance, fanaticism, squalor, terror fomentation and tribal violence from one end to the other, why is it America’s image that needs repairing? Why isn’t it their image that needs the fix-it job instead, or rather, their way of life, which creates so many nettlesome problems for the rest of the world?

But Obama can’t be bothered by such technicalities. He just wants to find “ways to bridge the gap that grows every day between Muslims and the West. . . . We must also listen to their concerns.”

We already know what their primary concerns are (destroying the Zionist regime and eventually making the entire world Islamic) and they don’t deserve a serious hearing. Just yesterday, Iran’s madcap President Ahmadinejad called on the West to acknowledge Israel’s “imminent collapse” as he bragged about Iran’s nuclear program going into its final stage. It shouldn’t be too hard to connect those dots.

He’s already on record as saying that “the basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of the Zionist regime, and the Islamic world and the region must mobilize to remove this problem.” The guy is the equivalent of a rock star all over the Islamic world. Why would you want to have a summit with such psychotics?

But that’s what Obama wants and if he’s elected that’s probably what we’ll get. It would all be in the spirit of tolerance, of course, but the problem is, the other side has no tradition of tolerance and only sees anyone else’s tolerance as weakness.

In an age of apocalypse-minded Islamic terrorists itching to get their paws on weapons of mass destruction, tolerance, which equates to perceived weakness, is not the course to take.

Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: http://www.greg-strange.com/.

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