Sunday, September 22, 2013
Remember Obama's boast of having "decimated" al Qaeda? Not so fast, Tonto.
How many ways can you say, “workplace violence”? The writers of the Narrative have their work cut out for them tonight. With hostages still in the grasp of al-Shabab in Kenya, ABC News reports that 43 people have died in a suicide bombing attack on a church in Pakistan.Police officer Mohammad Noor Khan says the bomber struck as worshippers were coming out of services at the church in the city’s Kohati Gate district. He said the attacker’s severed legs were found.Hard-line militants have been blamed for previous attacks on Pakistan’s Christian minority, as well as Muslim groups they consider heretics.Unsurprisingly, women and children were killed. The BBC says that “a bomb blast outside a church” wreaked the customary havoc and “the victims were said to include women and children.” The numbers are still rising: the VOA has upped the death toll to 50, with a hundred more wounded, and NBC News now has the number of dead at 55.Since only a little over 1% of the population in that region is still Christian there isn’t a whole lot of design margin left among the holdouts. They are going to be wiped out. Not that the administration has proved very sensitive on the issue of ethnic cleansing without a lobby to plead on their behalf. The administration’s effort to reach out to the Muslim community has proved so successful one wonders Who’s On First. Or who employs whom. Andy McCarthy noted that “Gehad [as in Jihad] el-Haddad”, the spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, was recently arrested in Egypt on terrorism charges. Prior to his arrest he was a top official for the Clinton Foundation.Before emerging as a top Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad served for five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton.El-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt.He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation. However, much of his official work with the Brotherhood took place while he was still claiming to be employed by the Clinton Foundation.That’s bringing coziness to new heights.This raises the question of how deeply committed the Obama administration is to the narrative that Islam is a fundamentally pacific ideology whose reputation for gentleness is only occasionally marred by a few misguided and miserable souls. They seem determined to push that story on the public come what may.One of the problems with that storyline is that it is patently false. The Islamic world is currently convulsed by a widespread sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia, a rivalry which with Iran’s pending acquisition of the atomic bomb, threatens to go nuclear.Anyone with access to the Internet can readily see that vast numbers of people — a hundred thousand in Syria alone — are dying in its myriad battlefields, and although the deaths among Christians may be great in number (even if the papers refuse to pay much attention to events like the recent attack on Zamboanga City) the deaths among Muslims are even greater.A search on “mosque blast” in Google readily reveals that Muslims are blowing up mosques even faster than they are wrecking churches and malls.