Obama’s Paris No-Show, Snubbing Sisi’s Reforms: Two Messages to the Muslim World

Symbols matter throughout the world, but no more so than in the Middle East. Like it or not, with President Obama’s no-show in Paris, the Ummah (Muslim world) will likely interpret his absence as another subtle message that he stood with the Islamic Jihadis who were defending the Prophet Mohammed. The Obama Administration is now in full damage control mode by admitting it made an “error.” Was it an error or deliberate?

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Egyptian President al-Sisi Calls for an Islamic Reformation

One of the most controversial, and yet indisputable, observations that can be made about the current state of global affairs is that Islam has problems with violence and aggression. (That’s not redundant – cultural and political aggression without physical violence are possible, and troublesome.)