The leader of the free world loses no opportunity to declare that what we see is no more than a law and order issue, a crime-fighting concern, bedevilment by individual wrongdoers. It is not, Obama claims, a global war with distinct ideological battle lines.
The democracies, he would have us believe, aren’t bullied by conquest-oriented Jihadists. At most we’re beset by a bunch of armed gangs rampaging because they are aggrieved, poor, disadvantaged and chronically unhappy. It’s a matter for police and social workers rather than for armies and statesmen.
In all, Obama recycles “a touching good story,” to borrow a phrase from West Side Story.
Wittingly or not, Obama had cast himself in the role of the ineffectual Officer Krupke whom the street-wise juvenile delinquents seek to impress with their hard-luck spoof. “Gee officer Krupke,” they chant, “we’re depraved on account we’re deprived.”
And opportunely Obama is only too eager to regurgitate the line that:
”We ain’t no delinquents,
Deep down inside us there is good!”
The trouble is that no jihadist ever made excuses for his choices because he couldn’t get “a good honest job,” because
“Society’s played him a terrible trick,
And sociologic’ly he’s sick!” Continue reading