First it was a spontaneous eruption by a few members of a group of demonstrators and it was mere coincidence that the raid happened to occur on the 11th day of September. The Libyan people were horrified and even helped carry Ambassador Chris Stevens to the hospital, so said Hillary Clinton in the Secretary’s first public statement about the attack. Then the details morphed a few times until now we are at “Al Qaeda did it” and the ambassador’s body was paraded through the streets in triumph. What was so difficult about saying this was an operation planned for September 11th and carried out by a brand of Islamic extremists whose work is all too familiar to us?
It would not reflect well on Islam, of course. It would place full responsibility for the atrocity on certain elements from the Muslim world and not hold the United States in any way accountable for the overrunning of its Libyan embassy and the murder of its own ambassador. Any other administration would have said something like that. But not this one.
The bombing of trains in Madrid, subways in London, a night club in Bali and the World Trade Center in New York are atrocities in plain sight. They cannot be denied. And these may be the least of it if you add up all the local killings by Islamists that have occurred over the years in schools, airports, markets and even on military bases. If such inhumanities are not acknowledged as an element of the Muslim world, then the only alternative is they must be the Muslim world. That of course is not the case.
Obama’s father was a Muslim. Obama spent some his early formative years in a Muslim country attending Muslim schools. It is understandable that he would be sympathetic to the plights and beliefs of Muslim believers. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact he is in a unique position to bring some understanding between people of the Muslim and Western worlds. But it has to start with acknowledgement and unqualified severe condemnation of Islamic militant Jihad and terrorism. Only then can understanding begin. Sadly, Obama won’t do that.