President Obama has a dubious record of attendance when it comes to important world events. We already knew this.
Michael Brown funeral? Send three delegates. March in Paris to defend the freedom of speech from global Islamic terrorism? Not so much.
So when the White House announced that Obama wouldn’t be attending the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz this Tuesday, I’m sure that many were wondering whether the San Antonio Spurs won another championship while they weren’t looking.
Unfortunately, the answer may be worse.
The White House announced that on Tuesday, instead of honoring the Auschwitz survivors, the president will be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to pay respects to the brutal, repressive King Abdullah, who presided over the Shariah regime in that country.
That’s right. Obama had the opportunity to honor survivors of the Holocaust or pay respects to someone who likely viewed the Holocaust as one of the fun highlights of the 20th century… and he chose the latter.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Auschwitz ceremony will likely be the last one at which a great number of actual survivors are present, as most are in their 90s or over.
1.1 million people – mostly of Jewish origin – were killed at the camp, which was liberated by the Allies in early 1944.
President François Hollande of France will be attending, as well as President Joachim Gauck of Germany, President Heinz Fischer of Austria, King Philippe of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
The U.S. sent Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, which clearly shows how important the White House viewed the event.
According to NBC News, Obama will replace Joe Biden, who was originally planned to fly to Saudi Arabia. The White House announced Biden “will remain in Washington,” presumably to play with his new slot car set.
Saudi Arabia’s regime likely represents the most extreme version of Shariah law in use in the Muslim world; it’s a nation where beheading, stoning, and crucifixion are still used as forms of capital punishment.
These punishments can also be meted out for crimes like apostasy, adultery, homosexuality, witchcraft, and atheism.
You may think that someone charged with witchcraft might be able to easily get off, given the utter inanity of the charge. However, since there are no jury trials and the accused typically isn’t allowed to present a defense, this too is difficult.
And yet, one of the architects of this system, the most recent scion of the House of Saud, is the man our president chose to honor over the brave survivors of one of the great horrors of the last century.
Why am I not surprised?
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune