Is it coincidence that Barack Hussein Obama, President of the world's "superpower whether we like it or not" has incorporated the crescent moon, associated with muslim nations, in the logo used for his Nuclear Security Summit? Obama's choosing to use this logo undoubtedly didn't help to make the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feel too welcome.
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NOW HE'S A CRESCENT LOON
By Michael Goodwin of the New York Post
The first time I saw the swirling logo for the Nuclear Security Summit, it looked familiar. I soon figured out what it reminded me of: a crescent moon.
The kind of crescent moon you see on the flags of Muslim countries (from left: Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia and Pakistan).
Indeed, the crescent, often with a single or multiple stars, is the main symbol of Islam. So now there is something like it at an official presidential event, prominently displayed in photographs being beamed around the world.
No, I am not suggesting President Obama is a secret Muslim. But I am certain the crescent-like design of the logo is not a coincidence, especially at an event where Iran's nuclear ambition and al Qaeda's search for a bomb are prime topics.
Obama has been open about his aim to improve America's relations with Muslims. His bowing and apologies are nauseating, but they are consistent with his goal.
And so is having a crescent-like logo at an event attended by Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (above), among others. The Washington Conference Center is plastered with the design, which includes a solid white circle above the arc, all superimposed on a world map.
Consistent also is a report this week that says terms with religious connotations, such as "Islamic extremists" and "jihad," will no longer be used in National Security Council documents. The Associated Press reports the aim is to emphasize the White House desire to use more sensitive language and broaden the relationship beyond war. The phrase "war on terror" was also dropped.
"Do you want to think about the US as the nation that fights terrorism or the nation you want to do business with? " Pradeep Ramamurthy, an NSC staffer, told AP. It also reports business leaders from more than 40 countries are coming to Washington for an "entrepreneurship summit" for Muslim businesses.
Notably absent this week is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The deep freeze in his relationship with Obama is a direct casualty of Obama's courting of Muslims, which includes intense pressure on Israel to make major concessions to Palestinians.
So this is what change looks like.