Claude Cartaginese

Hillary's Apology for the Crimes of the Taliban

Posted on May 6 2009 11:03 pm
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According to a report by MSNBC news, an investigation by U.S. and Afghan officials on the ground in Pakistan determined that Islamic militant Taliban fighters used hand grenades to kill at least 70 Afghanis to make it appear as though they had lost their lives in a U.S. airstrike. The Taliban’s intent was to turn public opinion against the United States.

Before the incident had even been properly investigated, the blame-America-first Obama administration began doing what it does best: apologize to the world for yet another American transgression. Still riding the wave of President Obama’s European apology tour in March, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose entire adult life has been dedicated to shining a bright light on America’s flaws, went into apology mode herself, quickly assigning blame to the United States for an incident whose details were still uncertain.

“I wish to express my personal regret and certainly the sympathy of our administration on the loss of civilian life in Afghanistan,” she said. “We deeply regret it.” 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai then rebuked the United States for the supposed airstrike: “This war against terrorism will succeed only if we fight it from a higher platform of morality…. We must be conducting this war as better human beings.”

Perhaps. But in the meantime, we should put things in perspective. America is a country that has always valued human life, and has always considered the death of innocents a tragedy. The speed with which the Obama administration began to issue its public apologies for an incident about which it knew nothing other than what was contained in Taliban reports, betrays a grotesque eagerness to blame America first and ask questions later.

What is most remarkable is that the Obama administration accepted the accounts of the same Taliban that routinely uses civilians as human shields; that only last month executed two Christians for refusing to convert to Islam; that executed a 14-year-old girl and her 17 -year-old boyfriend for planning to elope; and that routinely beheads captured Pakistani soldiers.

Hardly a credible source, if one pauses long enough for reflection.

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