"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Things Unsaid

Somehow. criticism for the terrorist attack on  the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris came to rest on the doorstep of President Barack Obama .
He didn't go to the rally.
Nor did Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry.

The media, including Anderson Cooper on David  Letterman's show, had  a lot to say about the President's lack of judgement. The White House apparently admitted a mistake. 

It occurred to me, America is somewhat compromised in the situation.

I had expressed a few thoughts  along those lines  previously but didn't post because the situation was so devastating.

But nobody else is saying it  and it's hard to imagine no-one else is thinking it.

America has the Ku Klux Klan. No ski masks but they do cover themselves from head to toe in white  sheets with a poky hat.

They don't throw bombs and kill with guns. But they terrorise by burning crosses and they have been known to lynch people.

The last atrocity I read was of an American being dragged to his death on chains behind a pick-up truck driven by two other Americans.

Medical clinics have been bombed  Doctors, patients and and employees murdered by Americans
belonging to Christian organizations..

It happened in Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well. But mostly in America. 

For eighty years, the Irish Republican Army fought guerrilla warfare.

They raised funds openly in America from Irish Americans to buy guns and  ammunitions  for their terrorist attacks. Always in England. 

The IRA did not stop until the women  in Northern Ireland said;

Enough. You will  kill no more of our children.
The world didn't shake it's collective fist  and shout against the IRA.They were murdering terrorists
but they had sympathizers.

It was Irish women  who raised their voices and said " STOP IT NOW" 

And they did stop. 

It's been hard to listen to voices of authority answer about how difficult, nigh on impossible ,it is to combat terrorist attacks.

So what is the answer.

Here's another thought. The world press knew about Hitler's Final Solution. It had started before the second world war.

Nobody it seems thought the general public needed to know.

And they didn't until after the war.

That's when the world learned that Nazis were not the only ones responsible. 


Anonymous said...

Obama is not the only leader who blew it- Canada sent its Public Safety Minister & we are do have a strong French connection

Anonymous said...

It wasn't just the world press that knew what
Hitler was doing. There were politicians who were quite aware even as they refused to allow boats with people fleeing into their countries. No one was clear then - or now

Anonymous said...

Well...This is one heck of a post Evelyn. Well said.

Anonymous said...

Harper is like a poor wine. He does not travel well. He has also cancelled the 3 Amigos Meeting for next month. Into full electioneering mode with no plan for the current mess on his own patch.