June 30, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – This afternoon the crumpled bodies of kidnapped [June 12] Israeli teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar were found, executed by HAMAS, the Muslim Brotherhood created terrorist group sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state.
Reaction by the White House was uncomfortably nuanced and infinitely more restrained than if, for example the case had involved the high profile murder of a single kidnapped Black youth by a White Supremacist group.
The diplomatic meat of the PR release was formal and terse after the perfunctory “oh my, this is horrible, I feel your pain...” preface:
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth. From the outset, I have offered our full support to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and I encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to continue working together in that effort. I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation . As the Israeli people deal with this tragedy, they have the full support and friendship of the United States.” [source, Statement by the President on the Deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar , WhiteHouse.gov]
Considering the circumstances, three innocent children abducted on their way home from school and subsequently murdered, and as set against the very public context of a caliphate on the march, the WH condemnation was inappropriately impersonal, insensitive and lacked the moral outrage which we know Mr. Obama can summon when he so desires.
There was none of the, “If I had a son...” theatrics which have become Obama’s stock-in-trade.
At the same time, from a strategic foreign policy perspective, the presser telegraphed a message of weakness to our adversaries as if an event of this magnitude was of little consequence.
Contrast Obama’s expenditure of less than 170 words to his very passionate [2,100+ words] remarks today regarding the illegal alien invasion currently plaguing our Southern border. [please refer to, President’s Statement On Border Security And Immigration Reform , WhiteHouse.gov]
The juxtaposition of these two declarations is instructive:
Nowhere in the President’s obligatory remarks is HAMAS mentioned. This despite the fact that the “Palestinian” government [with which the Israelis are expected to work] is now officially a wing of HAMAS. We believe that the intentionally low-keyed tenor of the text provides further evidence of this administration turning away from the special relationship which has historically existed between the United States and Israel.
The administration’s suggestion that Israel do nothing to “destabilize the situation” - an already extant battlefield – betrays a lack of appreciation for the rising level of Middle East unrest, for which he is largely responsible and of which Israel is a prime target.
As a final point let us note that this administration continues to deal with jihadist atrocities as matters of criminality rather than as acts of war, which further telegraphs to the enemy that they really have little to fear by way of reprisals from the United States. In viewing such matters the terrorists rightly conclude that we have dialed out of international matters and have no intention of returning to a position of leadership anytime soon.
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