As long as Obama is peddling outrage as the motive for foreign policy...
On Thursday, the Obama administration showed graphic video footage of Syrian victims of sarin gas to members of the Senate Intelligence committee. The video, which the administration claims is authentic, has since been released to the media. The administration appears to be using the video in an attempt to make the case for military intervention in Syria. In doing so, they appear to be counting on emotions instead of rational thought.
I don't presume to know who is using sarin gas against innocent civilians in Syria. There appears to be confusion about who is actually using the gas to kill people in a civil war that features evil a far as the eye can see on all sides.
But that is not the focus of this piece.
Getting back to the images in the videos. They are, as you might imagine, horrific.
As horrific as innocent people being kidnapped, raped, enslaved, tortured, beheaded, hanged, bludgeoned, hacked, burned, or in some other way murdered in the name of Islam, including 3,000 Americans who were incinerated on September 11, 2001. Last month alone, 1,616 people were killed by jihadists. Another 3,412 people were critically injured.
Where is the ongoing coverage of this daily slaughter? Where are the photographs and videos warning the American public that what they're about to see is deeply disturbing? Where is the outrage, disgust, intolerance, and stalwart commitment to beating back the encroaching threat of Islamic totalitarianism?
The magnitude of crimes against humanity in the name of Islam is so enormous that for anyone to be outraged at the use of sarin gas while acting otherwise unaware, unconcerned, or unaffected by the daily death and destruction that is wrought is either willfully ignorant, a coward, or a hypocrite.
Because many of those who refuse to speak out against global jihad are worse than silent on the matter. They are dhimmis.
Case in point: Senator Barbara Boxer voted in favor of military intervention in Syria. Her statement includes the following:
Mr. Chairman, thank you for showing us those images of children, because even though it's really hard to look at, we have to look at it. Children gasping for air, young bodies lined up in a row should shock the world.
And the failure to act I think gives license to the Syrian President to use these weapons again and it sends a terrible signal to other brutal regimes...
I applaud this Administration and our President for coming to Congress. I applaud those who asked him to Congress. It's the right thing to do. And I will support a targeted effort but not a blank check to respond to Syria's unspeakable deeds to gas its own people to death.
Images are powerful.
And Obama will now use the dreadful images of victims of sarin gas to traumatize the country into supporting his pre-announced, not-too-assertive-but-assertive-enough-to-cover-himself-politically intervention in Syria.
And it may work.