The recent beheading of Army Ranger Peter Kassig has once again focuses the world's attention on the evil that is ISIS. The Islamic terrorist group has no morals or human compassion. They fight their jihad to win regardless of what they have to do. Kidnapping and beheading Westerners, murdering women and children, executing Christians and any other people who refuse to follow them is their motus operandi. Instilling fear in the hearts of their enemies by displays of barbarism is a tactic that has worked in civilization in the past. And in some areas of the Middle East it is working today.
In a written statement President Obama addressed the nation yesterday following the release of the beheading video, calling Kassig by his adopted Muslim name. “ISIL's actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own,” Obama wrote. “Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL.”
While I can agree that Peter Kassig seemed to be a good man who was sincerely trying to help others, I can't help but wonder why the President always seems to feel the need to defend Islam against those of us who know the truth about the politico/religious entity. The President says that ISIS is not Islam yet everything they do can be justified in the Quran. Obama has always made his love of Islam a priority in his administration even as Islam is fighting against us and killing American citizens.
An article in the news this morning says the Obama administration is now conducting a full review of the United States' hostage policy, including the payment of ransom on a case by case basis. While it's not something I have heard before, Fox News reports that "a U.S. policy on hostage negotiations signed by President Bush in 2002 states that ransoms can be paid if officials believe doing so would help gain intelligence about terror groups, but can not be paid for the sole purpose of freeing an American."
The United States had always had a policy that said they would not negotiate with terrorists. Apparently this policy was changed somewhat by the Bush administration (and I'm truly disappointed about it) and was blatantly ignored by the Obama administration in the case of Bo Bergdahl, whose release was attained by negotiating the release of five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay. Three of those commanders are now fighting with ISIS.
If the Obama administration decides that paying ransom to ISIS is the answer to their hostage taking we are finished as a nation. There will be no prevention of hostage taking of Americans, not only by Islamic extremists but by any other world terrorist organization who believes the United States will pay ransom. To entertain the thought of it is simply ignorant.
In other news, it was revealed this week that President Obama had a meeting with the organizers of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests and told them to "stay on course." Once again President Obama shows his racial bias and a complete lack of leadership in a situation involving a black man and a white law enforcement officer. President Obama's statement several years ago: "I don't have all the facts but the police acted stupidly," echoes in my head when ha wades into individual cases and voices his opinions even before the case has been completely investigated.
When you open a dialogue with "I don't have all the facts but..." you're telling the world that you have already decided the facts of the case without knowing what they are. That's no different than the Ferguson protesters, the governor of Missouri, and Al Sharpton calling for the arrest and prosecution of Darren Wilson before the case has even been investigated. I would like the President of the United States to be above such emotional involvement in a local case but he just doesn't seem to be able to help himself. His comment "If I had a son he would look like Trayvon," also put his opinion on the case on public record before the case was investigated.
(The worst part of the Trayvon Martin case was when George Zimmerman was acquitted and Attorney General Eric Holder opened a hot line and advertised nation wide for any and all information that he could use to open a civil case against Zimmerman. What a pathetic and shameful show of racial bias by our "activist" Attorney General that was.)
The President of the United States is supposed to be a person who handles the big picture without involving himself (with blatant ignorance) in individual cases of police work. If he had waited for the Professor Gates case to be fully investigated then, after he had all the facts and determinations from the police department, made a statement that he thought the police did something wrong I could respect that opinion based on him having all the facts. But he likes to jump in prematurely and pronounce how he feels about certain cases even though he is ignorant of the facts. And that is unbecoming of the Office of the President.
I guess failed leadership is to be expected from a President who negotiates (weakly) with Iran over their nuclear program, pretending they won't attain a weapon, calls ISIS the "junior varsity team," meets with illegal aliens outside the White House and wants to reward them for breaking our laws, and gets caught in lie after lie but then lies about the lies he told. Nothing the man does surprises me anymore - unless it's something good for the country. But that hasn't happened anytime recently.