People who work in sales often rely on leads. The better the source of the lead, the better the lead itself. So when your lead comes from the President of the United States and his Secretary of State, you’d be foolish not to follow up and close that puppy.
The leader of al-Qaida has urged Muslims to wage holy war against the United States and Israel over a film that insulted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
Ayman al-Zawahri praised as “honest and zealous” demonstrators who breached the U.S Embassy in Cairo and attackers who stormed the U.S. “embassy” in Benghazi in violence linked to the film. The American ambassador and three others died in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city.
Even if, as president, you later defend the concept of free speech, blaming widespread rioting and murder in the Muslim world on a film is ostensibly a ratification of the violence. Militant Muslims didn’t see the arrest of that “filmmaker” as a laudable conciliation; they saw it as an encouragement. Hence, al-Zawahri’s latest missive.
But why include Israel in his (sales) call to jihad over a “film” by an Egyptian-American? Here’s what Mitt Romney said two weeks ago in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
The president began his term with the explicit policy of creating “daylight” between our two countries. He recently downgraded Israel from being our “closest ally” in the Middle East to being only “one of our closest allies.” It’s a diplomatic message that will be received clearly by Israel and its adversaries alike.
Of course, in al-Zawahri’s world of inciting-chaos theory, it’s always a good day for Jew hating and murder. When a butterfly flapping its wings in Calcutta leads to a typhoon in Japan, you can blame the Jews.
But it’s not wrong to infer that that “daylight”—which reached a continent’s width when Obama demanded that the starting point for territorial negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians begin with the 1949 armistice lines—is perceived by the Islamic world as an incitement to more of the same.
Just like the Youtube condemnation.
What’s odd is that the Obama daughters seem like really delightful young ladies—not the kind whose bad behavior is appeased by their parents with excuses offered on their behalf. If only our president would make the connection between his children at home and those who behave like children out there.