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What is Hillary Clinton Smoking – and Inhaling – During Her Middle East Tour?

Posted on January 13 2011 5:00 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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In 2009, President Obama declared that America is really “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” He also bowed low to Saudi King Abdullah and proudly defended America’s stand on behalf of a Muslim woman’s right to veil.

Well, that didn’t stop Iran.

Next, the Obama administration tried to force the Israelis—who want peace—to give up…more pieces of land in order to further appease the Arabs—who do not want peace with Israel.

That did not work either.

Now, two years later, it is 2011, and Secretary of State Clinton is touring the Middle East. She claims that America is also filled with Arab-style “extremists” (we are really all the same) and that family-oriented women can “press government and leaders to make decisions that will lead to a sustainable peace.”

What is Clinton smoking—and inhaling? I ask because she is suffering from extremely impaired judgment.

On January 10, 2011, in Abu Dhabi, Clinton compared a mentally ill Arizona mass murderer to the kind of “extremists” that one finds in both the Arab World and America. In her view, such “extremists” do not represent most people. “The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV, that’s not who we are, that’s not who you are.”

She is wrong. Unlike America, the Arab and Muslim world does have millions of hate-filled political actors and hundreds of millions who both support jihad and who themselves practice religious and gender apartheid. Does Clinton really believe that the violence committed by one madman is equivalent to the violence which, according to Barry Rubin, “can be traced to hundreds of thousands of mosques, media, teachers, and mainstream politicians daily preaching hatred literally millions of times a day?”

On January 12, 2011, in Oman, Clinton claimed that women played a “major role in pushing the politicians” to make peace in Northern Ireland. Indeed, in 1976, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams won a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, but guess what? Their work alone did not exactly lead to peace between Ireland and Great Britain, nor did they create a large or lasting women’s peace movement. While violence lessened after 1976, literally dozens of terrorist attacks continued to take place each year. It is also crucial not to minimize the extraordinary moral power that Irish Republican Army soldier Bobby Sands’ prison fast-unto-death had in 1981.

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