…And the Aztecs Invented the Wire-Recorder

On September 25th, 1957, during his address to the Central Committee of the Communist Party in Moscow, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower said the following:

“As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Soviet Russia. It was Russia — at places like the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute — that carried the light of learning through so many decades, paving the way for the liberation of Europe. It was innovation in the Soviet Republics that developed the light bulb; radio and television; our mastery of outer space; our ability to conquer many diseases. Soviet culture has given us majestic avenues and soaring towers; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant iconography and places of political refuge. And throughout history, socialism has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of social justice and political equality.”

No he didn’t, not really.

But I didn’t make the quote up entirely. It was taken, with a few judiciously-chosen alterations in the text, from Barack Hussein Obama’s famous speech in Cairo back in June.

Here’s what President Obama actually said:
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“As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam — at places like Al-Azhar University — that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

Muslims, like the Soviets, claim to have invented virtually everything in the world.

As Fjordman remarked:

Is there even a single truthful statement in this entire paragraph? Muslims did create some fine calligraphy, and a few of their scholars made contributions to algebra, but apart from that it’s almost total nonsense. The magnetic compass was invented by the Chinese and possibly by Europeans and others independently. Printing of books, too, was invented by the Chinese, and was stubbornly and persistently rejected by Muslims for a thousand years or more due to Islamic religious resistance. They liked the Chinese invention of gunpowder a lot more.

The misattribution of scientific and cultural achievements to Islam is now widespread among the elite dhimmis of the Western world. Our political and cultural leaders are falling all over themselves to rewrite history and attribute to Islam a wide range of major accomplishments that do not belong to it.

The problem with this willful campaign of misinformation is not just that popular knowledge of the facts of history is on the wane — which is bad enough — but that we are purveying these lies and distortions ourselves.

Imagine what it would have been like during the Cold War if President Eisenhower had journeyed into the heart of the Evil Empire and told the Soviets what a grand job he thought they were doing.

Picture John F. Kennedy praising Fidel Castro for his accomplishments in agriculture, medicine, and education.

What if Ronald Reagan had apologized to Mikhail Gorbachev for America’s half-century of misguided hostility towards Soviet Communism?

Under the current circumstances, we can’t even acknowledge that we are in a deadly civilizational war, let alone fight it and win it. To the culture at large, the war doesn’t even exist.

All we can do is hunt down “terrorists” in the mountains of Afghanistan — without ever profiling them or violating their civil rights, mind you.

President Obama has done much to accelerate the Frankfurt School’s long-term goal of inducing a general cultural amnesia about Western Civilization. Our grandchildren will go down to their ruin without ever knowing what it is they have lost.

We would do well to learn a lesson from the Russians about the long-term effects of the Memory Hole:

For journalist Masha Gessen who was brought up on Soviet post-war patriotic songs claiming Soviet science led the way to the skies, it was a shock to learn that fiction had often been blended with fact.

“What you learn as a child really stays with you,” she says. “And sometimes it’s a revelation to me now when I find out — now, in my 30s — that something has its origins elsewhere in the world when I was convinced the whole time that it had its origins in Russia.”

Within a generation or two, everyone will know that all the wonders of modernity — or whatever remains of them by that time — can be credited to the magnificence of Islamic civilization.

14 thoughts on “…And the Aztecs Invented the Wire-Recorder

  1. Obama can impress any number of vested-interest ignoramuses (ignorant of the REAL America) in Cairo, but he don’t fool me.

  2. “The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization. It pits civilization against barbarism,…”

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s UN Speech counters Obama’s mutterings in Cairo and brings the meaning of civilization into focus.

  3. Baron,

    Surely Obama’s speech is an exercise in diplomacy,he had to pander to Moslems’ justifiably fragile egos.

  4. What they can’t kill, steal or destroy they hijack and/or rewrite instead. It has been the Modus Operandi for mahoundians for nearly one and a half millenium now. When our civilisation falls it will be an everlasting darknessafter that. Mahoundians both lack the ambition, interest and brains to build something better than piles of sand.

  5. re: mace

    Fragile egos, my foot. Mohammedans are brought up from childhood to show no pain and to never cry when beaten, they are hardened to throat slitting from an early age the better to carry on jihad. Such psychobabble constructs as fragile egos are a modern Western invention and don’t apply to the Muslim world.

  6. HH & Southern Wolf,

    Moslem supremacists usually have fragile egos because-

    (1) They are allowed to bully anyone they choose,particularly women and infidels and
    (2) Their beliefs and sense of superiority are never challenged in open debate.

    So,they react to criticism or dissent with muderous tantrums, the essential brutality of their lives is irrelevant to the fragility of individual egos.No psychobabble, just common sense.

    I can’t read Obama’s mind,so naturally I don’t have the faintest idea what he really believes.

  7. Islam not just brings civilisations down, but it erases them. It then makes the subjugated ashamed of their original culture, and finally erases the memory of the subjugated people of their history. Persians are one example.

    When people have no idea who they are, and where they come from, it is not surprising that this loss of identity, and the confidence that goes with it, leads to ossification. This is one among other reasons that Muslim societies are socially and technically stagnant.

  8. There’s a lot of stars on the night sky with names in arabic. Why’s that?

    It can’t just be because the muslims gets creative when darkness falls. 🙂

  9. I’ve seen more than enough intolerant Christians etc.. to know that you people are hypocrites. I fear muslims no more than I fear any other religious or political zealots. You losers need a constant, “us vs. them” dynamic or else you think you are losing somewhere somehow. If muslims are so stagnant, what are you afraid of? How will they “take over” culturally if they are so devoid of culture? You all seem like a bunch of people afraid of islam.

  10. I’ll know what kind of Americans you really are once you decide if you will allow my post or not. Let’
    s see what kind of free speech you are for.

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