Biden Visits India, Studiously Avoids Modi
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  • wigwag

    Is the Obama Administration’s foreign policy more stupid or more venal?

    I think it’s hard to know.

    But there are some things that we do know. We know that Egypt’s former President, Mohamed Morsi urged Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for Jews and Zionists” We also know that he described Zionists as “these bloodsuckers who attack Palestinians, these war mongers, these descendants of apes and pigs…”

    Did Obama, Biden or anyone else in the Administration avoid Morsi the way that they are avoiding Modi?

    Of course not. Instead, Obama and his Ambassador to Egypt did everything they could to try to talk the military out of overthrowing Morsi. Just yesterday, the Administration delayed the delivery of four F-16s to the Egyptian military as a show of displeasure that Morsi hasn’t been released.

    While Morsi was in power, tens of millions of Egyptians literally faced the prospect of watching their children starve yet neither the threat of mass starvation or disgustingly anti Semitic comments by the Egyptian President was enough to deter Obama and Biden from doing everything they could to insure that he would remain in office.

    Yet they won’t talk with Modi.

    Then there’s the case of Obama’s best friend, Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey. Erdogan may be a more discrete hater of Jews than Morsi, but his hatred is no more difficult to discern for anyone not deliberately averting his eyes.

    Erdogan has said,

    “Israel is inexplicably cruel, against innocent Palestinians, hiding behind the Nazi Holocaust and seeking victimhood…”

    He’s also said,

    “Today, the image of the Jews is no different than that of the Nazis.”


    “the international media does not fully report Israel’s “murder of innocent children” because “the world media is under the control of Israel, and this needs to be emphasized.”

    of course Erdogan has also resorted to the most famous of all anti Semitic tropes,

    “Wherever Jews settle, they make money.”

    Just three months ago, Erdogan compared o Zionism to a war crime and he implied that the Jews were behind the recent demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil.

    Has any of this induced Obama and Biden to give Erdogan the full Modi treatment?

    Nope; Erdogan and Obama are still the best of friends.

    None of this is to say that Modi is blameless for the Gujarat riots; he isn’t. But Modi isn’t the only political figure in the history of the world to fail to stop a race riot. In New York, in the early 1990s we experienced the Crown Heights Riots where blacks, incensed by the accidental death of young boy killed by a car driven in a motorcade of a famous Rabbi murdered Jews and vandalized their property. All under the watchful eye of Mayor Dinkins who did nothing to stop the violence.

    For more on Modi and the Crown Heights Riots, see Peter Berger’s recent post here,

    Dinkins’ failures were comparable to Modi’s but has the Administration ostracized the former New York Mayor?
    Nope, David Dinkins was invited to both Obama inaugurations.
    At some point, perhaps someone will ask the President or the Vice President, while they are willing to excuse the anti Semitic rantings of the likes of Morsi or Erdogan while at the same time they are so wary of the man who could easily turn out to be the next Prime Minister of India.
    My conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s interaction with the Islamic world is not only delusional, it’s repulsive.

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