McCain’s lost it! ‘Allahu Akbar’ is just like saying ‘thank God’

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One of the vilest criticisms of John McCain launched by the Obama campaign during the 2008 election was that his advancing years – and potentially declining intellectual faculties – might make him unqualified to be president.

On Fox and Friends Tuesday, though, he might have made their point.

johnmccainDuring an interview with McCain, R-Ariz., interviewer Brian Kilmeade showed a video of Syrian rebels – the guys McCain wants us to supply with weapons – shooting down a Syrian government fighter jet, then exclaiming “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,” to celebrate the kill.

“I have a problem helping those people … if they’re screaming that after a hit,” Kilmeade said.

That’s just Kilmeade showing his ignorance, McCain explained.

“Would you have a problem with American Christians saying, ‘thank God, thank God?’” McCain said. “That’s what they’re saying. Come on. Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates.”

Come on yourself, Senator.

It might well be true that “Allahu Akbar” means “thank God.”  It might well be true that it’s as harmless and essentially meaningless as saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes.

It might be true, but it’s also irrelevant.

It isn’t American paranoia or ignorance that associates “Allahu Akbar” with terrorism. And it’s not because Christian Americans have an overwhelming distaste for Muslim piety.

It’s because “Allahu Akbar” is what Islamic terrorists reflexively say when they’ve killed the enemy (as in the Syrian fighter shootdown), or whether they’re about to kill the “enemy,” as in shooting down unsuspecting American soldiers on their own base in Fort Hood, Texas, killing American airmen on a bus in Frankfurt, Germany,  butchering a British soldier on the streets of London, then preaching about it with bloodstained hands in front of a passerby with a cellphone, or, quite literally countless other acts of savagery against the innocent, preferably the unarmed innocent.

And if Westerners know that’s what Islamist terrorist shout when they glory in the blood of their victims, it’s a pretty fair bet the guys who shot down that jet know it, too, and understand the feeling. And McCain wants to give them weapons? Why? So they can shout “Allahu Akbar” when it’s an American fighter they take down? Because they will, and then the senator can give us all another linguistics lesson.

To pretend shocked impatience (“Come on”) that the phrase is something  to American ears other than an incantation of murder is a level of willful blindness or patronizing elitism more expected of the Democratic left than a former standard bearer of the Republican Party  (all you have to do is look at how approvingly the Think Progress or Huffington Post folks are reacting to McCain’s obtuseness to get an idea of how much the libs agree with him in this.)

The Obama campaign was wrong – viciously wrong – about many of the things it attacked McCain for in 2008, but that he no longer had the intellectual wherewithal to be president of the United States might have been something it was right about.

In any case, Republicans won’t have to worry about John McCain running for president again.

Thank God.

See the video below.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.
About Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • joecar1949

    We, the people, know that Nobama supports and aids the American al Queda in Syria, with Saudi Arabian Sarin gas.

  • BlessRheart

    McCain has lost his ever loving mind.

  • Usufur Bigman Ridley

    THERE’S ALL KINDS OS MUSLIMS, ALL MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORIST, THAT’S WHAT FOX NEWS DON’T GET, AND REPUBLICANS DON,T GET

    • Arden Hale

      The democratic party is a party of intolerance so frankly buzz off. Over the course of your party’s misbegotten history it has supported slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation, the Trail of Tears and internment camps among others. Now you’re concerned about tolerance for Muslims? Tell us all how you feel about Christians and that will be a good starting point.

    • Vance 4: 26

      My man you are preaching to the wrong crowd. These people here not only do not understand your outstanding point; they don’t want to understand. They have been victimized by very bad conservative sites and media sources to control their thinking.

    • Revis56

      But we do know that most terrorist are Muslims..

  • Holly Bentley

    No! Not another war!

  • Holly Bentley

    I campaigned mightily for John McCain’s presidency in 2008.
    Now, I have to admit, it is time for him to retire.

  • Max Modine

    ‘It might well be true that “Allahu Akbar” means “thank God.” It might well be true that it’s as harmless and essentially meaningless as saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes.’

    Disturbingly inaccurate.

    ‘Allahu Akbar’ literally means ‘Allah is greater’. The claim
    that a ‘moon’ god is greater than anything we westerners believe in. It has nothing to do with the western concept of ‘God’. It is a supremacist and totalitarian concept of a named moslem entity being superior to the western concept of the benign spiritual entity guiding goodness.

  • OldmanRick

    As a result of his idiotic comment, McLame upgraded himself from senior rino to royal jackass. He is now a full fledged dim.

  • asian

    Yeh because guys thankin God after shooting down a jet that’s practically invincible to their weaponry and has been indiscriminately shelling their homes and families for 2 years… is the “incantation of murder”

    Well, guess what I’m insulted when I hear “Praise Jesus” because once upon a time that was the “incantation of bondage and suppression” for my people.

    Get a grip.

  • Arden Hale

    So…we should base helping or not helping Syrian Rebels on whether or not they shout Allahu Akbar? I am republican and I like Fox News but you need to do better than that. Weren’t Afghanis of the Northern alliance, Muslims on our side yelling that too? Syria is dangerous and protracting their civil war will keep them from sending insurrectionists into Iraq, It will keep them from using mustard gas on Iraq or Israel both of whom are our allies these days. If there’s a legitimate reason not to hit Syria I’m open to hear it but the fact Obama came up with the idea is not a reason at all.

  • Estee May Scigliano

    This man must go !!!!