The reluctant hegemon

An important piece by Charles Krauthammer:
Decline Is a Choice

Insightful comment on the above:
Paul Rahe: Obama’s agenda

Western Civilization, by-and-large this means Judeo-Christian tradition and mores, is beating itself into moral equivalency with all other socio-political-philosophic systems – real or imagined. We’ve already lost Europe. Thus, when American exceptionalism is finally not simply abandoned, but abhorred by its leaders, it is the philosophical abandonment of exceptionalism for Homo Sapiens. It is We the Living and Animal Farm.

Two related items noted without further comment or emphasis:

1- From the Announcement by the Norwegian Nobel Committee; The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009:

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

2- Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood

Miss [Dahlia] Mogahed, [President Barack Obama’s adviser on Muslim affairs] appointed to the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, said the Western view of Sharia was “oversimplified” and the majority of women around the world associate it with “gender justice”.

The White House adviser made the remarks on a London-based TV discussion programme hosted by Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party.

The group believes in the non-violent destruction of Western democracy and the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia Law across the world.

Miss Mogahed appeared alongside Hizb ut Tahrir’s national women’s officer, Nazreen Nawaz.