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The Umbrella Scandal: An Old Islamic Tradition


“In The Pirate Coast by Richard Zacks, we may find another example in Captain William Eaton. Eaton saw things in a religious light, as did his enemies. When U.S. Marines were captured by Turkish pirates during the Barbary Wars, they were stripped of their Western uniforms and made to hold fans for Turkish leaders throughout the Ottoman Empire. “For my part,” Eaton wrote, “it grates me mortally when I see a lazy Turk [a Moslem] reclining at his ease upon an embroidered sofa, with [a] Christian slave to fan away the flies.”

Umbrella Bey

Eaton’s indignation was rooted in history as much as in religion. When he saw people held captive by Muslims, his long memory spurred him on against Turkish piracy. Because of his conviction about freedom, which “literally had its roots near Plymouth Rock with Eaton’s great-great-grandfather,” the man “could not abide this form of persecution.”

Now that I’ve geared up your religious-historical sense, maybe you should make another google image-search for the “umbrella scandal.” You may find yourself doing a double-take. Notice anything you didn’t see before? On either side of Obama is the Turkish flag, bearing the symbol that Al-Qaeda so loves to use. And the umbrellas aren’t only for the President; the Turkish Prime Minister, perhaps the most radical and heavy-hitting Islamist in politics, is also shielded from the drizzle by his own U.S. Marine. An eerie repetition, don’t you think? And if you’d like to shrug this off as an accident, recall the fact that Islam has a longer memory than you most likely have. Radical Muslims see significances that Americans are likely to miss.

The Left and Right alike may wish to see the “Umbrella Scandal” as an opportunity for yet another shouting match. For my part, “it grates me mortally.”

Read the entire piece at http://www.intercollegiatereview.com/index.php/2013/05/24/obamas-umbrella-an-old-islamic-tradition/

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