Yesterday, I learned that Hillary Clinton had described ISIS’ barbarism towards Christians and other religious minorities as “genocide” while reading a post by NRO editor-at-large Kathryn Jean Lopez who said, “Thank you Hillary Clinton.”
It is a significant development because until now the Obama Administration has been unwilling to use that word where it concerns ISIS treatment of Christians and other religious minorities
Over at the WaPo, Michelle Boorstein writes, “Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “genocide” to describe the Islamic State’s treatment of Christians could change her political profile among some voters — conservative Christians in particular.”
Yet this is precisely what concerns me. If Republicans were to nominate Donald Trump, I could see how conservative Christians would be turned off by his boorish behavior and be receptive to Hillary for taking a stand to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. But there’s a world of difference between using the word genocide when you’re a presidential candidate. It’s quite different when you’re actually President of the United States.
As such, it is worth noting that Hillary had stated she had in part refrained from using the G-word because of its “legal implications”. Perhaps no one in this country knows more about “legal implications” better than Hillary Clinton. Should she be elected President then surely these “legal implications” would rear their ugly head on the question of genocide.
I say all this because back in February 2007 Hillary Clinton appeared at a joint press conference with Palestinian Media Watch in which she decried “the incitement of hate and violence in Palestinian textbooks”. Her appearance came less than three weeks after she announced her 2008 White House bid.
OK, she didn’t become President. But she did serve as Obama’s Secretary of State and let’s just say her energies were devoted to Benjamin Netanyahu and settlements rather than Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas and Palestinian textbooks. She even boasted to Fareed Zakaria on CNN that she was the “designated yeller” at Israel.
All things considered, if Hillary Clinton gets a desk in the Oval Office then I believe her concern for the genocide of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East will go the way of her concern for hate and violence in Palestinian textbooks.
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