The Obama Administration has weighed in on the slaughter of 21 Coptic Christians by Da’ish1:
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Murder of Egyptian Citizens
For Immediate Release | February 15, 2015
The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.
This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL. We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat. We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.
That’s it, that’s the entire press release.
Now, let’s be clear about this: when Press Secretary Josh Earnest says, “ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity,” he is lying to you! Da’ish’s killings are guided by faith, sect and ethnicity; these 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were killed specifically because they were Christians, but our President and his minions are completely unwilling to actually say that. Instead, they were “Egyptian citizens” and “innocents,” but calling them Christians, by a President who has claimed that he is a Christian, is apparently prohibited by the President.
This is not the first time that this has happened; Red State reported on the President’s reference to the victims in the Charlie Hebdo attacks as the victims of random violence, and noted that it went beyond the White House to the State Department. The lovely Jen Psaki, department spokesman, said, after the President’s initial statements were challenged:
They were not all victims of one background or one nationality.
Both Miss Psaki and Mr Earnest wound up backtracking, after the backlash:
We have always been clear that the attack on the kosher grocery store was an anti-semitic attack that took the lives of innocent people.
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) February 10, 2015
Our view has not changed. Terror attack at Paris Kosher market was motivated by anti-Semitism. POTUS didn’t intend to suggest otherwise.
— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) February 10, 2015
I noted, with some amusement, that the two tweets were sent a whopping 41 minutes apart. Is that a decent enough interval to claim that they weren’t specifically ordered by the President’s chief political officer?
No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.
Current reports are that the alleged murderer, Craig Hicks, was angry over parking issues at their apartment complex, and that everyone there was concerned about him, not just the three victims. Naturally, the federal government is going to investigate whether this was a “hate crime,” but Mr Hicks is charged with three counts of first degree murder, the penalty for which is either life in prison without parole, or death; there’s nothing more that the federal government can do to punish Mr Hicks if he is convicted on the state counts.
Mr Obama and his Administration appear to be perfectly willing to state that the killing of people who happen to be Muslims as being directed at them because they were Muslims, even when the evidence is unclear, but they are very, very hesitant to acknowledge that Jewish victims were killed because they were Jews, even when the killer says so himself, or note that the victims of Da’ish massacres were Christians, even when the group specifically states that they were killed because they were Christians.
I will be very blunt here: our Commander-in-Chief can never defeat Da’ish or any other forms of Islamist terrorism because he isn’t even willing to acknowledge who the enemy are.Sun Tzu wrote, in The Art of War:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
President Obama may know himself, but he certainly doesn’t know our country, and he has absolutely no flaming idea who our enemies are. It does not matter whether our Commander-in-Chief wants to be enemies with Da’ish; they want to be enemies with us.
The President’s policies are absolute madness. He has authorized air strikes against Da’ish, so it’s not like he can somehow have them think he’s a nice guy who likes them, but he can’t even bring himself to identify what they are fighting for or what they want to do.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who would like to be our next President,2 said that the United States now uses “smart power” in diplomacy. As nearly as I can see, the United States under President Obama is using dumb power.
- It is the stated policy of The First Street Journal to refer to ad-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fī al-‘Irāq wash-Shām, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, commonly abbreviated as ISIS or ISIL, as Da’ish, the Arabic acronym, because Da’ish hate it. ↩
- Actually, she thought that she should be our current President. ↩