There might well be an October surprise after all.
If the media were doing their job seriously and with a little professionalism, a lot of Americans would learn a story which, according to the canadian Free press, "could cost the election to Obama".
This is the story of his revolting friendship with a tyrant : Mr Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya.
It has been said that Odinga is Obama's first cousin : the Obama campaign has said it was not true.
However, the facts which cannot be denied is that Odinga is a ruthless, violent politician whose supporters are at the origin of the Kenyan riots at the beginning of this year.And what cannot be denied either is that Obama went to Kenya to campaign for him, and even contributed financially to his campaign.
I advise you to watch this video to discover the whole story :
In August and September 2006, Senator Barack Obama travelled to South Africa, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Chad and Kenya as a member of a congressional delegation. While in Kenya, Obama constantly appeared at the side of fellow Luo Raila Odinga (“your agent for change’), who was running for President. (“Senator Rebukes Kenya’s Corruption” Chicago Sun Times 8/29/2006)
Because of his African heritage, Obama was treated as a virtual “Head of State” in Kenya While campaigning with Odinga, Obama was openly critical of governmental corruption under President Mibaki .
Mr. Odinga and Obama were nearly inseparable throughout Obama's six-day stay.
The two travelled together throughout Kenya and Obama spoke on behalf of Mr. Odinga at numerous rallies.
In contrast, Obama had only criticism for Kibaki and the Kenyan government.
"The [Kenyan] people have to suffer over corruption perpetrated by government officials," Obama announced.
His attitude was thus totally undiplomatic : he was violating the Logan Act. This is a law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
The text of the Act is broad and is addressed at any attempt of a US citizen to conduct foreign relations without authority.
Obama’s partisan support for Odinga was so obvious, that the Kenyan Government spokesman, Alfred Matua, complained of political posturing to aid Odinga’s election chances: “It is very clear that the senator has been used as a puppet to perpetuate opposition politics”(“Walking The World Stage” Newsweek 9/11/06).
And, “…we earlier thought he was mature in his assessment of Kenyan and African politics,” Mutua told AFP.”We forgive him because it is his first time in the Senate and he is yet to mature into understanding issues of foreign policy,” he said.”(“Obama’s Kenya Honeymoon Ends Abruptly After Graft Rebuke” 8/29/06)
Obama has denied that supporting Mr. Odinga was the intention of his trip, but his actions and local media reports tell otherwise.
Then came the presidential election in december 2007, opposing Odinga and incumbent President Mwai Kibaki.
Raila Odinga lost by more than 230,000 votes.
It was then that violence began.
Odinga supporters began the genocide hours after the final election results were announced Dec. 30. Mr. Odinga was a member of Parliament representing an area in western Kenya, heavily populated by the Luo tribe, and the birthplace of Barack Obama's father.
Odinga’s supporters went on a rampage—burning Kikuyu homes and businesses, (“Ethnic Cleansing in Luoland” The Economist 2/7/2008) raping Kikuyu women, and murdering everyone in their path—including at least 50 Christian Kikuyu woman & children who had sought refuge in a church. They burned them alive. (“Mob Burns Kenyans Seeking Refuge In Church” CNN 1/10/2008)
By mid-February 2008, more than 1,500 Kenyans were killed. Many were slain by machete-armed attackers. More than 500,000 were displaced by the religious strife. Villages lay in ruin. Many of the atrocities were perpetrated by Muslims against Christians.
Odinga's responsibility in this violence is clear and cannot be denied :
“We have evidence that ODM [Odinga’s party] politicians and local leaders actively fomented some post-election violence,” Georgette Gagnon, acting Africa director for the New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW), said (Violence We Fled was Planned, Say Kenyan Refugees” Ibid)
Beside his responsibility in the riots, Odinga has got bad reputation.
Some say he is a Communist, (according to his website, Odinga was educated in Communist East Germany, (Herder Institute, Leipzig & Otto von Guericke Tech. Institute, Magdeburg) (http://www.raila07.com) Odinga’s eldest son is named “Fidel” (http://www.raila07.com).
But the real problem is his links to Islamic extremists in Kenya. According to Voice of America and the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, on 8/29/07, Odinga signed a secret agreement (exposed 11/27) with Sheikh Abdullah Abdi of the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) in which he agreed to institute Islamic law in exchange for Abdi’s support (eakenya.org)–thereby potentially disenfranchising and curtailing the liberties of millions of Christian Kenyan women. Further, he promised that Muslims suspected of terrorism would be safe from extradition—thereby establishing a ‘safe haven’ for terrorists in Kenya.
Clearly, Obama campaigned for someone who is corrupt, ruthless and has financial ties to terrorists. More importantly, Obama campaigned for a candidate who had the stated objective of dismantling US & Kenyan government efforts to root out Al Queda and other terrorist organizations. Organizations that had already caused the deaths of hundreds of Americans and Africans in embassy bombings. What’s more, Obama even contributed financially to Odinga’s campaign, giving him one million dollars in 2007 !
Jerome Corsi, author of "The Obama Nation", was recently detained in Kenya and later deported. He was in the country promoting his book.
This arrest, and the detention that followed are strange...
Why was the Odinga government protecting Obama to the point of attacking an American author?
And, last but not least, why does the media refuse to investigate and try to answer the following question :
If Obama becomes president, how is he going to reward Obama, who is visibly one of his good friends ?