June 4, 2009

Slippery and dishonest...

Obama has belatedly, and quietly, issued a statement about the shooting of two soldiers in Arkansas:

... "I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long's family as they mourn the loss of their son."

It makes an interesting contrast with the statement he made about the murder of the abortionist...

I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence....

For one thing, it's the Tiller killing that is a "senseless act of violence," since all pro-life groups and leaders explicitly condemn vigilante attacks. It was done by someone who had lost his senses.

The shooting of the soldiers, on the other hand, was NOT senseless. The number of Islamic groups and leaders who endorse or encourage such violence is legion. (That's why "pacifists" and "anti-war" activists like them so much.) The attack made perfect "sense" to a large subset of the world's Muslims.

And notice how the second sentence of the abortionist statement implies, in the slippery dishonest way one expects from Leftists, that "Americans" are resolving our differences by acts of violence. This is a dirty lie. One very reminiscent of the deceptious way that Clinton linked the Oklahoma City bombing to conservatives. (And refused to investigate the connections the bombers had to radical Islam, by the way.) [Link, link]

On the other hand, it would NOT have been a lie if it had been applied to the Muslim who shot our soldiers!

But mostly it's the different tone of the two statements that is telling. I live among lots of people who think like Obama does. I have no doubt that they reacted just like Obama did. The murder of s soldier was not important to them, but the murder of an abortionist provoked "shock and outrage." (And ooohhh yes, instant political calculation.)

Posted by John Weidner at June 4, 2009 6:40 AM
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