From his speech at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the great orator Barack Obama made clear he is well aware of the injustices committed against humankind. And that “bearing witness is not the end of our obligation. It’s just the beginning. … [We have] “the opportunity to make a habit of empathy … to commit ourselves to resisting injustice and intolerance.” It’s a great sentiment. And in many ways, President Obama acts as well as speaks. But for all the lip service, Obama once again ignores an on-going atrocity. While he denounces Holocaust deniers, by remaining silent on the murder and torture of gays in Iraq, he is effectively denying that torture. Said Obama “To this day, there are those who insist the Holocaust never happened, who perpetrate every form of intolerance, racism, antisemitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and more. Hatred that degrades its victim and diminishes us all. Today, and every day, we have an opportunity, as well as an obligation, to confront these scourges. To fight the impulse to turn the channel when we see images that disturb us, or wrap ourselves in the false comforts that others’ sufferings are not our own.” Truer words have never been said. Why, then, is he ignoring his own?
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, made a surprise visit to Iraq to reassure citizens (and the government) that the United States was still a partner. Number of times she mentioned gay Iraqis: 0.