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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Benghazi terror attack in historical perspective

Josh Mandel has a fascinating piece in the Washington Times that puts President Obama's attempted coverup of the Benghazi terror attack in historical perspective.
The president and his officials had claimed that the assault was a spontaneous one by Muslim demonstrators offended by an anti-Muhammad video. They were reluctant to admit that it was a premeditated terrorist attack by Islamist terrorists at war with the United States, against whom energetic security measures were warranted but lacking.
For all the dissimilarities, this is reminiscent of the response of the Spanish government of Jose Maria Aznar to the Madrid terrorist bombings that killed 191 people just three days before Spain’s March 2004 general elections. Both governments feared the conclusions that would be drawn if they stated the unvarnished truth.
The Aznar government sought to fix responsibility for the Madrid attacks on ETA, the Basque terrorist organization, rather than on Islamists, who were widely and instantly suspected of being — and in fact turned out to have been — the perpetrators. The Aznar government had taken Spain into Iraq alongside the United States to depose Saddam Hussein. Although this policy was far from popular at home, the administration still had been expected to win re-election. That changed with the implication that the government had sought to obscure the fact that the Madrid bombing was a consequence of Spain’s Iraq involvement. Sensing bad faith, the Spanish public threw out the Aznar government in favor of the opposition, led by Jose Zapatero.
Similarly, the Obama administration has acted on the basis that Islamists are a potentially beneficent force in world affairs and that wisdom dictates coming to terms with those among them who are not engaged in active hostilities against the United States. That’s why Mr. Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt and Tunisia.
Where the two examples diverge is over whether the policies these two administrations were seeking to insulate from criticism were defensible. In Mr. Aznar’s case, they were. In Mr. Obama’s, they are not.
Spain did not become a target of Muslim armed rage in 2003 when Mr. Aznar committed forces to the Iraq war, nor did it cease to be a target in 2004, when Mr. Zapatero withdrew them. An unsuccessful 2008 Islamist suicide attack in Barcelona demonstrated that.
Rather, Spain has been a target of Muslim grievance since 1492, when the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella defeated the Moors and restored Spain’s Andalusia to Christian rule. Still, the Spanish government panicked and failed to present the attack in its historical perspective. For this failure, it paid the price of electoral defeat.
Similarly, Muslim armed rage against the United States does not have a recent origin.
And you believed Obama in Cairo and thought Muslims had a role in founding the United States?

Read the whole thing.

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At 12:34 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Pesky things, facts. The historical fact is that America's first dealing with Muslims was with the Barbary Pirates, sea-going Muslim terrorists. Plus ça change, as the French say...


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