Here is another fact about Barack Obama that should be more widely known.
In 2006, Senator Barack Obama made a trip to Kenya, where he visited his relatives on his father’s side of the family. One of the people he visited was Raila Odinga, who claims to be his cousin and is now Kenya’s prime minister.
While visiting, Senator Obama helped Mr. Odinga’s campaign for president of Kenya, and made speeches opposing the existing leadership. Because of his relationship to Kenya and his status in the US, he was initially welcomed warmly, but because he veered into political campaigning, he wore out his welcome, leading to this response from the Kenyan government.
Campaigning in a foreign election is generally frowned upon, but in Raila Odinga’s case, it is particularly bad. Mr. Odinga is a socialist. He was educated in East Germany, he has named his son after Fidel Castro, and his father was the leader of the Socialist opposition in Kenya. If you campaign for a guy like this, you should not be surprised if he turns out like Robert Mugabe or Fidel Castro.
When he lost the election, his followers resorted to a violent revolt, including the slaughter of Christians by Muslims. The violence continued until a power-sharing agreement was arranged, and Mr. Odinga became Prime Minister.
To gain Muslim support, Raila Odinga made some strong promises to the Muslim community. Here is a quote from a Washington Times article about Senator Obama’s visit:
Mr. Odinga had the backing of Kenya’s Muslim community heading into the election. For months he denied any ties to Muslim leaders, but fell silent when Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, appeared on Kenya television displaying a memorandum of understanding signed on Aug. 29, 2007, by Mr. Odinga and the Muslim leader. Mr. Odinga then denied his denials.
The details of the MOU were shocking. In return for Muslim backing, Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of “Islam as the only true religion,” Islamic leaders would have an “oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original],” installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, a ban on Christian preaching, replacement of the police commissioner who “allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists,” adoption of a women’s dress code, and bans on alcohol and pork.
Kenya’s population is quite religiously diverse, with a mixture of Christian, Islamic, and indigenous religions. Imposing Islamic Law is just about the most certain way to start a civil war there, and turn Kenya into another country like Sudan.
Either Senator Obama didn’t know what he was doing, and did something really stupid in a foreign country, or he did know what he was doing, and intentionally favored a candidate with Socialist leanings, who was also willing to give significant advantages to Muslims.