Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama fails to appease Somali terrorists

I just finished reading a news item that has me truly baffled:
U.S. counter-terrorism officials are aggressively investigating a potential threat of "uncertain credibility" to today's inauguration events posed by an East African Islamic extremist group...

In a bulletin issued Monday night to state and local law enforcement, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence officials said they are analyzing information received in the last few days that people affiliated with al-Shabaab, a radical group fighting an insurgency in Somalia, may try to stage an attack at some point Tuesday, U.S. officials said.
Now, here's what I can't comprehend:

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Barack Obama stated that "such a failure of empathy [on the part of the terrorists]... is not... unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. Most often..., it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair...."

Barack Obama then went on to assert that America would have to devote far more attention to raising the hope and prospects of destitute people all across the globe.

Clearly, Mr. Obama has indicated that he would charter a new course in dealing with terrorists and that he would work tirelessly to address their "helplessness and despair". Then why would these Somali terrorists attempt to disrupt Obama's inauguration ceremony?! Obama is on their side! He has pledged to cure all of their ills, and this is how they repay him?! By waging a terrorist attack against the US on the most glorious day of his life?!

But even more troubling than that: Instead of seeking common ground with the Somali terrorists and negotiating with them, Barack Obama has allowed the FBI to issue bulletins to law enforcement officials that threaten to mire the festive spirit of this most joyous and monumental occasion. Clearly, a few of rounds of negotiations [with the terrorists], a little bit of diplomacy on Obama's part, and peace and serenity could have been restored upon the inaugural festivities.

But because of Obama's incompetence and his failure to live up to his promise that he would engage in direct diplomacy with the enemy, both the Somali terrorists and the inauguration attendees are now living in a state of hopelessness and despair.

Barack Obama, you promised to chart a brighter future for both the American people and the terrorists who seek to destroy us - but you lied to us - shame on you!

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