Fiorina sings the praises of Islam, Ottoman Empire 'greatest civilization'

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Former CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina may still be hearing the fading echoes of the praise heaped upon her by network pundits and GOP party insiders after her being informally declared the winner of the lower-tier Republican candidates debate last Aug. 6, 2015.
In the wake of the nationally televised debate, the gushing of television personalities and happily spilled ink from establishment Republican stalwarts certainly gave the impression that Fiorina has become the new darling of the conservative movement.
However, with a nation still in mourning for the mass slaughter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands, then-CEO Fiorina delivered a speech on Sept. 26, 2001 entitled "Technology, Business and Our Way of Life: What's Next" in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Initially expressing her personal shock and sorrow of the terrorist attack, Fiorina also made clear rather early in her speech of her worries regarding the safety and security of everyone in the Hewlett-Packard family. Fiorina also ensured in the opening breaths of her speech to express her "Concern for the security of our employees who are of Middle Eastern descent or who practice the Muslim religion here in the US and abroad." OK, fair enough.
The remainder of her talk was a rather college classroom-style lecture on corporate leadership. Until the end of her speech, that is. It was then that Fiorina made clear that she rated the Islamic world as "a civilization that was the greatest in the world." As an American who takes freedom of thought and speech quite seriously, Fiorina has every right to say and believe as she sees fit.
If Carly Fiorina so desires to look upon the Islamic world as the greatest civilization in the world, I'll give probably the greatest response I've ever heard (courtesy of the late Andrew Breitbart), "So what?" If that's what she believes, then that's what she believes. Honestly, that's her call. I really don't care.
But I do take exception to her historical tall-tales and obvious swipes at Christendom and European civilization. I'd like to correct her blatantly non-objective and clearly unfair retelling of what was. Or at least give the other side of the story.
With that said, allow me to state her none-too-veiled cheap shots at Christendom are just that... cheap shots. And like all cheap shots, they deserve a counter.
As she said somewhat mysteriously towards the closing paragraphs, "There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world." To whet the appetite and further pique the interest of her audience, she hinted the civilization in question was a "continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins." OK, not really much regarding historical inaccuracies or historical amnesia... yet.
It was then that Fiorina gave the first hint that she just may be stretch the truth thin whist describing this "greatest" civilization she was gushing on about. "Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between."
Hmm... Oh yeah. My appetite is whetted and my interest more than piqued. From there, Fiorina waxed poetically of this certain civilization gave the world "architects [who] designed buildings that defied gravity." No pun intended, but she finally let the genie out of the bottle when she praised those who created algebra.
Once she mentioned the scourge of tenth graders everywhere, I knew who she was talking about. But in all fairness, nothing she's said so far is factually wrong. I may disagree with her ranking Islamic civilization numero uno, but as I previously stated, that's her call. We're all entitled to our own opinion.
But I do take exception to her claiming Muslims were engaged in trade with Latin America. Unless you count Muslim Arabs selling black Africans to white slavers as "trade." Also, her claim that Islam spread to "northern climes"? Carly, the furthest Islam took root was the mountain of Afghanistan and the Caucus Mountains of southern Russia. Hardly "northern climes."
But I digress, at this point she pretty much spoke glowingly about Muslims writing love poems and star gazing. But then she tells the assembled audience that Islam has "paved the way for space travel and exploration." I believe an Italian named Galileo, and a Pole named Copernicus just may disagree.
It was then that the half-truths ans swipes were taken. "When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent." Later in her speech, Fiorina stated "Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership."
Interesting verbiage when she says "its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known."

  • Mohammed made it quite clear that Islam was to be spread by the sword. And a blood-soaked spread it was.
  • During the time frame Fiorina cited, fully two thirds of Christendom fell to the armies of Mohammed.
  • From Mesopotamia to Armenia, Syria to the Holy Land; Egypt to Spain; Turkey to Vienna via the Balkans; Sicily to southern France. All Christian lands where Christians were given the option of convert, pay the exorbitant jizyah tax, or simply lose your head.
  • Peace and prosperity are easily maintained in the wake of ethnic and religious cleansing.
Her portrayal of non-Muslims as scared to death of new knowledge is simply laughable.

  • It was Christendom that gave us our systems of libraries, hospitals and universities.
  • Should I really bring up the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria?
  • Has Fiorina really never heard of the destruction of countless repositories of science, art and literature that were safeguarded in Catholic and Orthodox churches, monasteries and convents?
Lastly, we hear of Fiorina's admiration of Suleiman the Magnificent who she described as responsible for "our notions of tolerance and civic leadership."

  • Was that the same Suleiman the Magnificent who invaded Europe, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Byzantines, Serbs, Hungarians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Poles, Romanians, Austrians, Croats, Slovaks, Germans, etc, etc?
  • I again ask rhetorically, but possibly there's a different Suleiman the Magnificent I'm thinking of (probably not), but is he the same one that invaded East, and in the process slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Persian Shi'a Muslims?
So much for Fiorina's definition of tolerance and leadership. While I'm at it, so much for my support for her involving any elected office.

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