Thursday, September 13, 2012

U.N. mum on deaths of Americans

Secretary general, general assembly remain quiet about Muslim terror

by Stewart Stogel / WND

UnitedNations32UNITED NATIONS – Two terrorist attacks on United States diplomatic missions and a national day to honor those fallen during 9/11, and the United Nations remained curiously muted.

Neither Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nor the Security Council issued any immediate reaction to the Tuesday attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo or the storming of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, by Muslim extremists.

By late Wednesday morning, the Security Council did convene a previously scheduled briefing on Libya, but even that brought a muted action.

The gathering opened with a brief statement by council president Peter Wittig, of Germany, who “strongly condemned” the attack and offered condolences to the U.S. delegation.

It lasted less than 10 seconds.

Wittig’s brief condolences were followed by a similar statement by U.N. Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

Incredibly, Feltman told the council “security remains the biggest challenge for the Libyan government.”

But there was nothing directly from Ban or the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, of Qatar, has been silent.

In the Libyan attack, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. It was the first death of a U.S. ambassador in the line of duty in more than 30 years.

Yet last month, Ban issued several quick condemnations of “terrorist attacks” in Pakistan, the Sinai Desert and Darfur.

In the council meeting, Libya’s U.N. ambassador, Mohamed Shalgham, a holdover from the Gadhafi regime, explained that the “new provisional government was still in the process of establishing security throughout the country.”

He went on to call Ambassador Stevens “a great friend of the Libyan people who stood with them shoulder-to-shoulder in their war against the tyrant.”

Shalgham informed the council his government will seek to capture and punish those behind the attack.

He went on to state that any Libyan security forces who might have been lax in performing their duties would be prosecuted.

Yesterday, all three U.N. bodies remained silent on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told WND: “We don’t offer a statement every year. We issued one last year. It still stands.”

In 2001, it took then Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council more than three months to visit Ground Zero.

At the time, Annan spokesman Fred Eckhard explained “security considerations” kept the U.N. personnel from paying their respects at the World Trade Center site.

What Eckhard ignored was the fact that President George W. Bush visited Ground Zero within days of the attack. The president was followed by President Jacques Chirac of France and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair the same month.

Security issues did not seem to concern them or other world leaders who appeared long before the United Nations.

Richard Grenell, former director of communications at the U.S. mission at the U.N., criticized the world body, asserting “it is always appropriate to quickly defend America.”

Th U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, refused to comment on the U.N. reaction.

Arab Spring, American Winter 

By: Debra J. Saunders  / Townhall.com


Arab Spring, American Winter

They don't fear us, and they don't respect us. That's the only message you can take away from an Egyptian mob's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo during which rioters scaled embassy walls and tore down the American flag on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. President Barack Obama helped ease out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak -- a dictator, yes, but also an ally -- to facilitate the Arab Spring, and this is the thanks America gets.

Sadly, a separate assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that took the life of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic staffers presents a different lesson. Despite ample U.S. military assistance, Libya's civil war isn't over. Stevens' brave support of Libyans' efforts to overthrow strongman Moammar Gadhafi likely made him a target.

"How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked. She placed the responsibility on "a small and savage group," not on "the people or government of Libya."

Over time, Americans will learn more about what happened and why. Already, the attacks are playing a part in presidential campaign politics.

As protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, the embassy released a statement that condemned "continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." It was a salvo against Quran-burning preacher Terry Jones and the movie "The Innocence of Muslims," which deliberately lampoons Prophet Muhammad.

After protesters scaled the embassy walls, some conservatives (unaware of the timing of the statement's release) slammed diplomats for issuing an excuse of sorts for those who had attacked a U.S. facility.

The Obama administration also seemed to think the embassy had struck the wrong note. The administration disavowed the embassy's statement.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney then released a statement in which he asserted that it was "disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks ... but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." On Wednesday, after learning of Stevens' death, Romney hit Obama for sending "mixed messages."

Then the media spent the morning kicking Romney for jumping the gun as pundits liberally blamed preacher Jones and the movie-makers for inciting violence in Africa.

Now it seems the critics may have jumped the gun. Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri had released a video calling on Islamists to avenge the death of a Libyan-born cleric killed in a U.S. drone attack. Intelligence officials believe the Benghazi attack was planned well in advance.

Maybe it's not a coincidence that mobs attacked two U.S. delegations on the same day. And isn't it time that the experts asked whether al-Qaida sympathizers were looking for an excuse for a 9/11 rampage? So why give them cover by blaming crazy talkers such as Terry Jones?

Libya Commemorates 9/11 

By: Ann Coulter  / Townhall Daily

When President Obama intervened in Libya last year, he claimed that "it's in our national interest to act" to remove a tyrant who -- in response to Bush's invasion of Iraq -- had just given up his weapons of mass destruction and pledged to be America's BFF.

Apparently Gadhafi neglected to also tell Obama, "I've got your back."

Obama said: "We must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms ... our support for a set of universal rights, including the freedom for people to express themselves and choose their leaders; our support for the governments that are ultimately responsive to the aspirations of the people."

The Libyan mob was the equivalent of our founding fathers! (If you overlook the part about it being a murderous Islamic mob.)

Meanwhile, Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit, said: "The people we are fighting for in Libya, the backbone of that movement, are former mujahedeen from around the world." We are "enabling people who may not be formally aligned with al-Qaida but who want the same things to grasp ever closer to power."

Scheuer said the media had taken "a few English-speaking Arabs who are pro-democracy and a few Facebook pages out of the Middle East and extrapolated that to a region-wide love of secular democracy," adding, "It is as insane a situation as I've ever encountered in my life."

No wonder Obama's running for re-election on his foreign policy expertise!

Among Republicans, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum all called for aggressive action against Gadhafi, including enforcement of a no-fly zone.

Santorum cited Reagan's 1986 bombing of Libya (after Gadhafi had killed American servicemen in Berlin), saying, "If you want to be Reaganesque, it seems the path is pretty clear."

Gingrich took all sides, first demanding: "Exercise a no-fly zone this evening. We don't need to have the United Nations. All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we're intervening. This is a moment to get rid of him. Do it. Get it over with."

Then, two weeks later, he said: "I would not have intervened."

Only Mitt Romney and Haley Barbour resisted calling for aggressive action against Gadhafi, with Romney merely criticizing Obama's deer-in-the-headlights response, and Barbour stating more directly, "I don't think it's our mission to make Libya look like Luxembourg." No offense, he said, "but it is not ever going to look like what we'd like."

The New York Times' Thomas Friedman exulted that the Arab peoples "have come up with their own answer to violent extremism and the abusive regimes we've been propping up. ... It's called democracy."

The Washington Post's David Ignatius praised Obama's major shift in strategy in seeing the Libyan uprising as a "positive development" and refusing to provide aid to the embattled dictator. "My own instinct," he said, "is that Obama is right."

French liberal blowhard Bernard-Henri Levy announced that "Libya will go down in history as the anti-Iraq. Iraq was a democracy parachuted in by a foreign power in a country which hadn't asked for it. Libya was a rebellion which demanded help from an international coalition."

The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette editorialized: "Most of the world is rejoicing because of the historic success in Libya. We're glad it was accomplished by Libya's people, not by a U.S. invasion ordered by right-wing American politicians."

I note that the American ambassador in Iraq has not been murdered and his corpse dragged through the streets. I also recall that, a few years ago, when Muslims around the globe erupted in rioting over some Dutch cartoons, one Muslim country remained utterly pacific: George W. Bush's Iraq.

Apparently U.S. invasions ordered by right-wing American politicians are the only ones that work in the Middle East. Fake uprisings orchestrated by Muslim fanatics are less propitious.

Learn your history, Americans. The American Revolution was not the revolt of a mob. It was a carefully thought-out plan for a republic, based on ideas painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history.

The much-ballyhooed "Arab Spring," with mobs of men gang-raping American reporters, firing guns in the air and murdering their erstwhile dictators, is more akin to the pointless bloodletting of the French Revolution.

That godless antithesis to the founding of America is the primogenitor of the horrors of the Bolshevik Revolution, Hitler's Nazi Party, Mao's Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot's slaughter and America's periodic mob uprisings, from Shays' Rebellion to today's union thugs in Madison, Wis., and Occupy Wall Street.

Americans did win freedom and greater individual rights with their revolution. By contrast, the French Revolution resulted in bestial savagery, a slaughter of all the revolution's leaders, followed by Napoleon's dictatorship, followed by another monarchy, and then finally something resembling an actual republic 80 years later.
Op-ed:
Apologizes yet again...and four Americans die
By: Diane Sori


Whether Barack HUSSEIN Obama wants to admit it or not, the cleverly crafted murder of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American Embassy staff personnel signals that war has been declared on America.

Our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was stormed and taken by islamist gunmen who justified their murderous actions by saying an America movie had insulted mohammad.  Give me a break...to them everything insults their precious prophet, who by the way was NO prophet but was a perverted barbaric madman.

And while this was going on in Libya yet another attack on our U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt was still in progress culminating in the islamic flag being raised as ours was taken down, defaced, and defiled.

With the Middle East always a smoldering powder keg, what triggered this new violence...it’s simple...our government issued yet another ridiculous apology to Egypt in an effort to try and quell building anti-American sentiment

"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims . . ." “We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims”

This statement was said again as protesters were at the gates ready to attack...almost like they were egging them on so their buddy Obama could rush in and save the day.
 
There is something so horribly wrong with this entire picture starting with Obama’s response.  In a hastily prepared statement said before heading off to yet another Las Vegas campaign fundraiser, Obama let known that he is ordering heightened security at all US Embassies worldwide, something that should have been done long ago.   

And with it now confirmed by the State Department that two of our warships are being sent to the area, and with an anti-terrorism team of U.S. Marines being deployed to Libya to help secure U.S. interests in the country, this should make it obvious to all that Obama is in way over his head because they should have been there all along to protect our interests in such an unstable country. 

And when we have a president who stands before ‘We the People’ and says, “We will work with the Libyan government to bring these people to justice” you know we are in BIG trouble.  When did this country ever stand down when our citizens are brutally murdered...NEVER...that is until Barack HUSSEIN Obama took office.  What a lack of leadership, what a display of cowardness, and what a showing of placating the enemy by this miserable excuse of a president.

What Obama should have done, in my opinion, was to have gone of national television and announced that US aircraft have bombed Libya in retaliation for the targeted MURDER of our Ambassador and the three other Americans.  After all, an embassy compound is US property on what amounts to US soil, so attack one of our embassies and you are attacking America.

Now that would have sent a powerful message to those out to kill us...you mess with us or our people, it will be you who die.

But Obama did NOT do that as he sides against America and Americans every chance he gets.

And with these attacks following right on the heels of Obama’s deliberate snub of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, all this is just too much of a coincidence to have happen on September 11th to be just by chance.  Both the attacks and snub of Netanyahu were planned and coordinated to coincide with 9/11, as if to rub our faces in it.

And then in the middle of all this Hillary chimes in bloviating that this is an isolated attack and NOT the fault of the Libyan government or the people.

In her statement Hillary said, "The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others," Clinton said.  "Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind." 

But, and this is key...Hillary’s response spoke of condemnation for these acts LAST instead of first.

Both Hillary and Obama are yet again making excuses for those out to kill us, while refusing to admit that we ARE at war with islam and they with us.

In a statement issued as events unfolded, Mitt Romney reflected moral clarity when he blasted Obama by saying, "It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks."  
  
How right he is.

It’s our president’s job is to see that America is defended ‘against ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic,’ and as such Barack HUSSEIN Obama has failed on all accounts, as he has made America and Americans a target of the barbarians that are his brethren.  

As long as Barack HUSSEIN Obama is president NOTHING will change as he forces  America to bow down to those out to kill us.  For the sake of America, for the sake of Israel, for the sake of the world we MUST send this traitorous miserable excuse of a president packing on November 6th.