The Libyan embassy killings carry the same old unconscionable message
posted at 1:17 pm on September 12, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
The two campaigns are at each others’ throats this morning over their several responses to the senseless and brutal murders of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff on Sept. 11. The Romney campaign released a statement expressing its outrage over the savage killings as well as over the Obama administration’s kneejerk reaction, which was to sympathize with the attackers before later condemning their acts. Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt returned fire, accusing Romney of politicizing the atrocities.
There is no question that the official administration position, articulated in a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, amounts to an apology to the attackers. The second sentence of the statement—“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others”—should shock and offend anyone who professes to love this country and the notion of freedom.
As for Romney’s reaction, the criticism of the administration, though entirely justified, should have been left to those who have his back in the blogosphere. It does seem petty and calculating for him to take Obama to task in a recorded reaction to an atrocity.
What is getting lost in the back-and-forth is the distressingly familiar nature of that atrocity. Once again, a film is made by an individual living in the West that is critical of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. So what is the reaction of practitioners of the prophet’s teachings? They commit cold-blooded murder—and not of the filmmaker, mind you (who, n.b., is an Israeli living in California), but of whatever American happens to be handy. In this case they settled for U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who is shown in one disturbing photograph being dragged unconscious through the streets of Benghazi prior to his execution.
The whole unconscionable incident seems to suggest that maybe that prophet and his teachings are deserving of some criticism.
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