Did you know that ISIS (the Islamic State In Syria) is comparable to last month\’s shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri?
I hope not. Because the two could not be more dissimilar.
But when no less an authority than the President of the United States makes the comparison, you at least have to listen.
This is what he said yesterday at the UN, in the context of explaining (rationalizing is more like it) why more countries have not signed on as part of his “coalition” to fight ISIS (or, as he insists on calling it, ISIL):
“Irealize that America\’s critics will be quick to point out that attimes we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America hasplenty of problems within its own borders. This is true. In a summermarked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I knowthe world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson,Missouri — where a young man was killed, and a community wasdivided. So, yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. Andlike every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile thevast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with thetraditions that we hold dear.”
Yes, he really said that.
The President of the United States compared the actions of an Islamic terrorist organization, which has tortured, crucified, raped and killed – sometimes beheaded – untold thousands of people in Syria, Iraq and beyond, for the “crime” of not subscribing to their lunatic version of religion, to a single confrontation in which a police officer shot and killed a young man – the circumstances of which we don\’t know for sure, and, since there are widely differing accounts of what happened, we probably never will.
In point of fact – and despite what every racial huckster in the country (President Obama included) has turned this into – we do not even know if what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson was race-based in nature.
We know Brown was Black and Wilson is White — but does that mean there was a racial component to the incident? Wilson had a 6 year record with no complaints about his performance on it; not from Blacks or Whites. And no eye-witness has claimed he made any comment or gesture that had anything to do with Brown\’s skin color.
Is this for real? Did something snap inside of Barack Obama for him to say what he did? Can he seriously think there is a parallel here? And can he possibly be comfortable standing in front of the world and saying there is, as if it made even one tenth of one percent of sense?
Over two years before this nightmare ends. How I wish it were sooner.