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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Government-backed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Praises Crude Television Show Mocking Christ; Offered No Similar Commentary on Crude Video That Negatively Portrayed Islam

Government-backed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty posted a column which lavished praise on a crude, American television show that mocked Jesus Christ. The column, by Andy Heil, included the following paragraphs:
With South Parkers scrambling to adopt new causes de jour at a Sneetch-like pace, a newscaster deadpans: “It has become the biggest concern for most people: the farmers of Belarus and their plight against their government. And now one person is taking it upon himself to end the crisis. His name: Jesus.”

Cut to Christ being interviewed with a band of farmers, a line of tanks, and a distinctly Eastern European hamlet in the background.

“These are very troubling times and these farmers are literally fighting for their lives,” he says, adding that after talking to the government and farmers, “I think we have everything just about worked out.”

At that point the tanks open fire on the unarmed protesters, then rumble over them and out of the frame, leaving a flummoxed Jesus.

Yet RFE/RL previously published articles about the online video, “Innocence of Muslims,” some of which used negative verbiage describing the video, and none which offered sympathies or praise.

There is no word of Christians assaulting anyone, rioting, or even protesting over this crude American cartoon. Furthermore, no public figures, defense officials, or civilian officials have yet condemned it or called for it to be banned, or its makers prosecuted.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Poor Security in Benghazi vs. Poor Security in Iraq

The Daily Caller published an interview with The Finish author Mark Bowden where Bowden answered the following question about the Benghazi assault and the Obama administration’s handling of it:
This is a tragedy that has been spun into a political attack. Once the election is over, the controversy will evaporate. Ambassador Stevens knew he was serving in a very risky place, and would have been the first to argue that surrounding himself with an armored platoon would have made it impossible for him to do his job. Foreign service officers routinely accept such risks. Diplomats rely on host governments for protection, they do not travel with beefed up forces of their own. Where local authority is weak, as in Benghazi, the risks are very high, indeed. But so, too, are the potential rewards.
I challenge multiple points of Bowden’s response. But the only question I will raise about it now is this. The Associated Press just published an article claiming that the federal government has joined in suing Triple Canopy for using “hundreds of poorly trained security guards to protect the Al Asad Airbase” in Iraq. If the poor security at Benghazi is a “non-story” per the Obama administration and Mark Bowden, why is the federal government suing Triple Canopy for so-called poor security at an Iraqi airbase that never experienced a security failure anywhere close to what happened in Benghazi?