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If Only Hitler Had Had Twitter

George Galloway will have to do (hat tip reader Jeanette):

An online question and answer session with George Galloway backfired after the Respect politician was sent a barrage of insults.

Twitter users were invited to send questions to the Bradford West MP by posting under #AskGalloway after he teamed up with media company Press TV UK.

But it appeared the Q&A session was abruptly cancelled when Twitter users sent the politician unflattering images of his stint on Celebrity Big Brother and questioned his relationship with Saddam Hussein.

Mr Galloway refused to answer any questions but instead posted: “I must say there is nothing like Twitter to remind you of the sea of ignorance, filth, racism, hatred and utter banality that’s out there.”

He continued: “They’re all out tonight; the Tory vermin, the UKIP proto-fascists, their Scots counterparts, the actual fascists, even Texans!”

The incident was described as one “of the biggest PR fails ever”…

I am compelled to observe that if you count Tories, UKIPs, Scots, and Texans (not to mention Zionists and alcoholics) among your enemies, you might be the problem, not them. Now, don’t go hating me, George; it comes from a good place.

PS: My favorite tweet: “My bubbe wants to know if you want to come for shabbas dinner on Friday, shes got your favorite chicken soup with kneidlach? #askGalloway”

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Collateral Damage

I say Obama started it; maybe you say Bibi. Or Boeher.

Regardless, the casualty list is growing:


A wall-to-wall array of Jewish groups condemned an ad accusing National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide.

“Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the ad appearing in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran this week in Washington hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the New Jersey-based author and pro-Israel advocate.

As soon as the Sabbath ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad. The American Jewish Committee called it “revolting,” the Anti-Defamation League called it “spurious and perverse”, the Jewish Federations of North America called it “outrageous” and Josh Block, the president of The Israel Project, said it was “entirely inappropriate.”

Marshall Wittmann, the spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which will host Rice on Monday at its annual conference, said, “Ad hominem attacks should have no place in our discourse.”

I get why they’re trying to distance themselves from the ad, even if I think the ad is valid. History teaches that Jews take the hit in time of conflict; these guys are ducking for cover. But this time is no different. Iran is frantically working toward an arsenal of nuclear weapons. The United States and Israel stand opposed (as does every Arab state, and most other nations in the world). Yet it is Israel and America who are fighting it out in the news.

I would say this is entirely how Iran intended it, and that would be true—but it would be less than half the story. This is how Obama intends it. This is his doing, and Susan Rice or Samantha Power or John Kerry are only his instruments. To his way of thinking, Israel and the US share one too many traits, colonialism most prominently. For the son of a Kenyan Marxist (and philanderer and alcoholic), that is unpardonable.

Dinesh D’Souza:

The climax of Obama’s narrative is when he goes to Kenya and weeps at his father’s grave. It is riveting: “When my tears were finally spent,” he writes, “I felt a calmness wash over me. I felt the circle finally close. I realized that who I was, what I cared about, was no longer just a matter of intellect or obligation, no longer a construct of words. I saw that my life in America–the black life, the white life, the sense of abandonment I’d felt as a boy, the frustration and hope I’d witnessed in Chicago–all of it was connected with this small piece of earth an ocean away, connected by more than the accident of a name or the color of my skin. The pain that I felt was my father’s pain.”

In an eerie conclusion, Obama writes that “I sat at my father’s grave and spoke to him through Africa’s red soil.” In a sense, through the earth itself, he communes with his father and receives his father’s spirit. Obama takes on his father’s struggle, not by recovering his body but by embracing his cause. He decides that where Obama Sr. failed, he will succeed. Obama Sr.’s hatred of the colonial system becomes Obama Jr.’s hatred; his botched attempt to set the world right defines his son’s objective. Through a kind of sacramental rite at the family tomb, the father’s struggle becomes the son’s birthright.

Colonialism today is a dead issue. No one cares about it except the man in the White House. He is the last anticolonial.

Obama may not want to “wipe Israel off the map”, as Iran does, but he would like to see it cut down to size. The era of European outposts in indigenous lands (as he sees the Zionist entity) is over. It is past time that the post-colonial powers redress the “legitimate grievances” (a phrase Obama even when talking about ISIS!) of those oppressed by the past, be they African or Arab, Sunni or Shiite. The so-called Palestinians may be an invented identity, squatting in historically Jewish lands, but in Obama’s eyes they are perfectly cast in the role of oppressed minority. He’s not alone in that way of thinking, of course—even Condoleezza Rice likened the so-called Palestinians to the civil rights strugglers of her youth.

Who is this upstart, then, to speak against his dearest held beliefs? This foreigner who speaks English almost as well as His Articulateness? (Better, I would argue, as Netanyahu’s rhetoric is grounded in military and political battle, while Obama has been handed every success, including the presidency, based on an invented autobiography written by Bill Ayers.) Obama may hate Netanyahu—he sure seems to—but this mess is more than about private beefs. It’s a profound dispute over civilization.

If Early Obama was about getting high, and Middle Obama was about getting elected, Late Obama is about getting even. We have seen his recent determination in domestic politics by legally questionable executive orders and actions that bypass Congress, rewriting legislation (often more than once) to fit his fancy. And we see it in matters of state by this fight he and he alone has picked with Netanyahu. Everyone else—Rice, Kerry, Power, Psaki, the CBC, everybody—merely projects Obama’s thoughts.

Again, while the enmity is personal and deep, it is also philosophical. Netanyahu speaks as leader of a country with religious, cultural, and historic ties to its land. Obama sees it as an anachronism. Netanyahu sees the mullahs and ayatollahs of Iran through the eyes of a people who have seen popes, emperors, cossacks, czars and obergrüppenführers sworn to their extinction. Obama sees their “legitimate grievances”.

Worse yet, Netanyahu will speak directly to the people. Obama is most successful when his guard-dog media savages anyone who rises against him. Netanyahu is his worst nightmare: someone who will have direct access to Americans, and speak to them in their own language. (Indeed, his Wikipedia article notes he still speaks English with the Philly accent he learned as a teenager.) And he will speak from the heart—not only his own, but his nation’s and his people’s.

America elected Obama, twice, and Jews make up barely 2% of the population. But America loves Israel anyway, more than Obama knows. Or maybe he does know, and that’s why he’s so scared.


What Are the Odds???

That the folks shot in cold blood in a kosher deli were Jewish?

Boy, will Obama be red-faced—uh, embarrassed:

Chilling new details from a deadly terrorist attack at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris last month emerged Friday when a reported transcript of footage from the incident surfaced.

In the nearly eight-minute-long video filmed on a GoPro camera by Amedy Coulibaly, the Islamist gunman can reportedly be seen shooting three of the four victims and delivering an anti-Semitic rant.

The footage shows Coulibaly first grabbing hold of a customer, requesting his name, and then shooting him dead, reports said. The gunman goes on to ask another man for his origin, then kills him after the man replies “Jewish,” according to the BBC, quoting French reports.

“So you know why I am here then, Allahu Akbar,” Coulibaly proceeds to shout, according to a Le Nouvel Observateur report. The gunman can also be heard making anti-Semitic remarks as hostages cry out that the victims have done no wrong.

Coulibaly reportedly told a French journalist at the height of the siege that he had deliberately chosen to target Jews.

This administration has an unfortunate streak of blaming Islamic terrorism on anything else—a YouTube video, knishes, folks. I wish he would indulge his delusions on his own time—perhaps during those hours of golf. The rest of us aren’t interested.


Israel’s Legitimacy in Five Minutes

Brother Alan Dershowitz explains it all for you:

We’ve presented much of this material before ourselves, but Dershowitz is nothing if not persuasive. Some of the 20th century reaffirmations of the nation-state of Israel were unknown to me.

One word of caution: Israel may well have been founded in a lawyerly fashion, but as we have seen with tragic consequences over the years, legal documents are nothing against guns and tanks. Bring your lawyers, Israel, but make sure they’re packing heat.

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I Don’t Care If He’s the Akbar-est Mofo in the Universe, Get Out of My Face, B*tch!

To paraphrase the old Levy’s bread ad, you don’t have to be Jewish to be harassed on the Temple Mount:

A US Congressman witnessed firsthand the harassment faced by Jews on the Temple Mount at the hands of Islamist activists last Wednesday.

A video released by the Temple Institute shows Republican Congressman Dennis Ross (FL-15) taking part in a tour of Judaism’s holiest site along with Temple Institute guide Yitzchak Reuven.

The video clearly shows groups of fully covered female Muslim agitators following and harassing the Congressman and his group with calls of: “Allahu Akbar” and “Leave!” as well as statements proclaiming the “superiority” of Islam.

Jewish visitors are regularly subjected to similar harassment and abuse, which has on occasion escalated into threats and even acts of violence by Muslim extremists.

Recent reports have revealed how radical Muslim groups, including the Hamas- and Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Movement, are paying groups of Muslim women specifically to stand at the site and harass Jewish visitors and stage provocations in an attempt to further restrict and even prevent Jewish visits.

The Congressman spent a full hour on the Mount accompanying a group of Jewish visitors led by Reuven, during which time he also experienced the discriminatory practices meted out to visibly Jewish visitors by authorities – both Israeli and Muslim.

As per usual, Jewish groups were separated and subjected to excessive security checks to ensure they had no non-Muslim religious items on their persons, after which they were followed closely by Islamic Waqf guards to ensure that they don’t partake in any form of prayer or non-Muslim worship.

The sizes of Jewish groups are also severely restricted, and unlike Muslims – who can visit whenever they want – Jews are only allowed to ascend the Mount during a few hours each day.

Ross’s group had to wait for over an hour before being allowed entry to the holy site, during which time hundreds of tourists ascended with ease.

In addition the congressman’s son was taken into a private room and body searched to ensure that he wasn’t in possession of any religious paraphernalia.

Does that sound like a religion of peace, respecting other faiths, and deserving of respect itself? I didn’t think so.

PS: As for the burqa-ed broads, they’d be too funny if not for their screeching voices. I’d pose with them for a selfie if I were there, and try to cop a feel while I was at it. If you’re going to be a Satan, might as well be a Great one.


Not Letting it Go

We get it already!

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech in Congress is “destructive” to the relationship between the two countries.

Rice made the comments in an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS.

“The relationship between Israel as a country and the United States as a country has always been bipartisan and we have been fortunate that the politics have not been injected into this relationship,” Rice said.

“What has happened over the last several weeks by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu two weeks in advance of his elections is that on both sides there have been injected some degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship.”

We heard you the seventh time.

But who’s made it partisan? Your lot. Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak before the entire Congress (his right as Speaker); it’s only because Democrats have threatened to boycott that the issue has become political. Nice choice of reaction, the boycott. If Netanyhau didn’t feel Jewish before, he will now.

But every time the regime bitches about Netanyahu, they jack up the news interest. By the time Bibi actually steps to the mike, he’ll have a bigger audience than the Super Bowl.


No Justice, No Problem!

What does it take to get your ass canned at the BBC? Decades of pederasty, sure (sometimes), but anything else?

As the woman, named Chava, expressed her fears over rising anti-Semitism in the country – fear shared by most of France’s half a million-strong Jewish community – Wilcox inexplicably interrupted her to state that “many critics though of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

His apparent equating of anti-Semitism and even murder of innocent French Jews by terrorists to Israel’s battle against Islamist terrorism drew widespread anger from British Jews, as did his follow-up comments, in which he appeared minimize the crisis felt by French Jews by asking: “you understand everything is seen from different perspectives?”

The Campaign Against Antisemitism group slammed the “disgraceful” comments, which triggered a deluge of complaints from viewers.

Wilcox offered a weak apology in response to the controversy – saying only that it was “poorly-phrased”.

Odd. Phrasing things well is his job, his profession. I’m pretty sure he said exactly what he meant to say: that Arabs are routinely slaughtered in their shops by radical Jewish terrorists.

Anyhow, here’s his punishment:

The BBC will not be taking any action against a senior correspondent accused of anti-Semitism during his coverage of a major Paris rally following the Islamist terrorist campaign in the French capital last month.

“I see nothing in Mr Willcox’s comments which is intrinsically disrespectful, and I saw nothing in Chava’s demeanour to suggest that she felt disrespected,” said Fraser Steel

“I am not proposing to uphold the complaints… I share Mr Willcox’s view that his comments were poorly-phrased, but I think they were no worse than that.”

The British suffered horribly during the Blitz in WWII. But as Irish, Indians, Americans, and Africans also suffered under British colonial rule, I think “everything is seen from different perspectives”. Carry on!

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Wait’ll you see what those subhuman savages of ISIS have done now!

The latest disturbing video from ISIS shows what the Islamist group touts as the next generation of jihadist killers, pint-sized terror trainees who appear to be as young as 5 participating in drills and reciting verses from the Koran.

The 9-minute video released Monday shows about 70 camouflage-clad kids, who are reportedly the children of foreign fighters who have flocked to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamist army. An instructor states in Arabic that most of the children are in the second phase of training and that they represent the “next generation” of ISIS. The video illustrates the charge in a UN Human Rights Council report last year that determined that Islamic State “has established training camps to recruit children into armed roles under the guise of education.”

“At the camps, the children recruited received weapons training and religious education,” the report stated. “The existence of such camps seems to indicate that ISIS systematically provides weapons training for children.

This is a crime! This is an affront! This is…

Old news?

I shouldn’t speak for Israel, but I will. She feels your pain, rest of the world, more than you could ever know. But she also wonders where the [bleep] you’ve been. Pick any date you want, but I’ll suggest 1972. Who could possibly criticize Israel’s treatment of the so-called Palestinians after the so-called Palestinians murdered the entire Olympic team in Munich? (“They’re all gone”, as Jim McKay sighed on national television.) And those rabid animals are your underdogs? Even a dolt like BTL figured it out eventually (almost 30 years later–but then he was only 14 at the time).

Exactly, Israel. Well put. You pick the heinous, unspeakable act committed by ISIS, and Hamass got there decades ago. Ditto the Party of Allah, the Al Aqsa Murderers Brigade, Islamic Jihad (take note, Obama), the Popular Front for the Liberation of (so called) Palestine, and more like-minded organizations than I care to list right now. It’s just that nobody cared.

That’s Israel’s problem, sure—they’d like to live and let live, but to live is the key. The rest of the world has a problem, too, however. Not just ISIS (and Boko Haram and Al Qaeda and al-Shabaab and more like-minded organizations than I care to list right now), but Israel’s enemies should be everyone’s enemies. For Israel’s enemies make up a death cult whose motto is “we love death more than you love life”. If you don’t stand against that, you get what you deserve.

I get that now; what’s your problem? Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.

PS: Munich, for God’s sake! Munich!! What else is there to say?!?!

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Vigil Ante

I admit I ignored this for a day or so as inadequate or irrelevant.

But now I’m not so sure:

Hundreds of people were expected at a peace vigil in Oslo Saturday, hosted by young Norwegian Muslims expressing solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free speech seminar.

The initiative by Norway’s Muslim youth to link arms with Norwegian Jews in a circle around Oslo’s synagogue was an effort to denounce recent violence by Muslim jihadists striking Jewish communities in France and Denmark.

“We want to show that we stand with the Jewish people and protect them. We don’t want extremists in Norway who think they can do as they wish to ordinary people,” 26-year-old Atif Jamil, one of the organizers of the human chain told AFP on Saturday.

Isn’t this what we’ve been asking for? For Muslims to act, rather than excuse or complain? What better retort to Obama than this?

The Oslo vigil was to take place after Shabbat early on Saturday evening. Even before the event began, leaders of Norway’s Jewish and Muslim communities said it had given them hope for the future.

“The beautiful thing is that Muslim youth want to stand up against anti-Semitism, and that gives me hope,” Norway’s Jewish community leader Ervin Kohn told news agency NTB.

“I hope this can be the start of a completely different kind of Muslim-Jewish dialogue both in Norway and internationally,” he added.

Leaders of Norway’s Muslim community have condemned the Copenhagen killings.

Youssef Bartho Assidiq, a Muslim youth leader, claimed to AFP that the event proved that Muslims “stand up for freedom of speech, stand up for freedom of religion and stand up for each other”.

“This is the best possible response we can give to the polarization we’ve seen in debates after the attacks in France and Denmark,” he said.

Now, I know what you’re thinking:

Despite the positive views being voiced around the event, Norway reportedly has the highest level of anti-Semitic beliefs of any Nordic country. The large Muslim community in Norway seems to have a relation to the rise of anti-Semitism.

In one example from January 2013, Nehmat Ali Shah, the imam at Norway’s largest mosque – the Jamaat-e Ahl-e Sunnat mosque – claimed in an interview with Dagsavisen that the existing hostility between Muslims and Christians is caused by Jewish influence.

Said an imam whose followers outnumber Jews 13-1 in Norway.

From just four months ago:

Norwegians hold the most anti-Semitic beliefs of all citizens in Nordic countries – warns the president of the Jewish community in Norway, Ervin Kohn

According to him, the level of anti-Semitism is growing and in many schools throughout the country, being called “Jew” has become nothing short of a curse. “Along with the well-known curses, ‘Jew’ has become a dirty word common in many schools,” he said.

Sorry to bring you down, but if it’s unadulterated good news you want, you should know by now this ain’t the blog. I am gladdened to see the cooperation of Muslims and Jews in the protection of the synagogue, even moved. But I am not fooled. I can’t help thinking that each of Norway’s 1,300 Jews—about the average seating capacity of a Broadway theater—would be safer in Israel. As great a shame as it would be for Fjord-ler on the Roof to close, it would be a greater shame for tragedy to play out.


The Next Election We Must Win

Caroline Glick lays all it out for you:

Secretary of State John Kerry made clear the administration’s desire to topple Netanyahu last spring during his remarks before the Trilateral Commission. It was during that memorable speech that Kerry libeled Israel, claiming that we would automatically and naturally become an apartheid state if we didn’t give Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria to the PLO, Jew free, as quickly as possible.

Despite Israel’s venality, Kerry held out hope. In his words, “if there is a change of government [in Israel], or a change of heart, something will happen.”

Shortly after Kerry gave his Israel apartheid speech, his Middle East mediator Martin Indyk attacked Israel and the character of the Israeli people in an astounding interview to Yediot Aharonot.

Among other things, Indyk hinted that to force Israel to make concessions demanded by the PLO, the Palestinians may need to launch another terror war.

Indyk also threatened that the Palestinians will get their state whether Israel agrees to their terms of not. In his words, “They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.”

Indyk made his statements as an unnamed US official. When his identity was exposed, he was forced to resign his position. Following his departure from government service he returned to his previous position as vice president and director of the Brookings Institution and the director of its foreign policy program. Last September, The New York Times reported that the Brookings Institute received a $14.8 million, four-year donation from Qatar, the chief financier of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Coincidence? Indyk was back in Israel recently and gave a speech:

[Israel] can expect that the US will join with the other permanent members of the UN Security Council to pass a resolution “against Israel’s will” that will “lay out the principle of a two-state solution.”

As Indyk intimated, Israel can avoid this fate if it elects a Herzog/Livni government. Such a government, he indicated, will preemptively give in to all of the Palestinians demands and so avoid a confrontation with the US and its colleagues at the Security Council.

And then there’s The Speech:

When Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner announced last month that he had invited Netanyahu to address the joint houses of Congress on the threat emanating from Iran’s nuclear program and from radical Islam, he unintentionally transformed the Israeli elections from a local affair to a contest between Obama and Netanyahu.

Obama’s response to Netanyahu’s speech has been astounding. His ad hominem attacks against Netanyahu, his open moves to coerce Democratic lawmakers to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, and the administration’s aggressive attempts to damage Israel’s reputation in the US have been without precedent. More than anything, they expose a deep-seated fear that Netanyahu will be successful in exposing the grave danger that Obama’s policies toward Iran and toward the Islamic world in general pose to the global security.

It is hard to understand either Israel’s election or Obama’s hysterical response to Netanyahu’s scheduled speech without recognizing that Obama clearly feels threatened by the message he will deliver. Surrounded by sycophantic aides and advisers, and until recently insulated from criticism by a supportive media, while free to ignore Congress due to his veto power, Obama has never had to seriously explain his policies regarding Iran and Islamic terrorists more generally. He has never endured a direct challenge to those policies.

Today Obama believes that he is in a to-the-death struggle with Netanyahu. If Netanyahu’s speech is a success, Obama’s foreign policy will be indefensible. If Obama is able to delegitimize Netanyahu ahead of his arrival, and bring about his electoral defeat, then with a compliant Israeli government, he will face no obstacles to his plan to appease Iran and blame Islamic terrorism on the West for the remainder of his tenure in office.

It’s Netanyahu or Bennett. There can be no other.


But I Really Like Their Wine!

Burgundy! Rhone! Loire! Alsace!

I don’t know how much more of this I can tolerate!

France’s interior minister said Sunday several hundred tombs have been defaced at a Jewish cemetery in east of the country, in what he called “a despicable act”.

“The country will not tolerate this new injury which goes against the values that all French people share,” said Bernard Cazeneuve without giving further details of the incident in the town of Sarre-Union.

“Every effort will be made to identify, question and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this ignominious act,” he added.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, writing on Twitter, also condemned the desecration, calling it “an anti-Semitic and ignoble act”.

It is not the first time that a Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union has been targeted.

In 1988, around 60 Jewish steles, stone or wooden slabs often used for commemorative purposes, were knocked over while in 2001, 54 tombs were wrecked.

It comes as France’s more than half a million-strong Jewish community is feeling increasingly vulnerable after last month’s deadly attacks in Paris, and amid a steady rise in already high levels of anti-Semitism.

Record numbers of French Jews are already emigrating – particularly to Israel – due to anti-Semitism compounded by a weak economy, but the murder of four Jewish shoppers in a Paris supermarket in January has caused even more to consider to move.

Following the deadly attack France’s Prime Minister Valls said that an exodus of Jews from the country would mark “the failure of the French republic.”

Again, you guys get me with this “we’re all in this together”, liberté, egalité, fraternité stuff. Very nice, I’m sure. But clearly there are some “Frenchmen” who don’t “share” your “values”. And while we don’t need to cast aspersions on any religions of peace, many of those Frenchmen are named Mohammed. (I’m just sayin’.)

So, I’m pulling for you, Frenchie, I really am. As Hannibal Lecter says to Clarice Starling, the world is more interesting with you in it. At least your wine. But I’m not optimistic.


Speaking Ill of the Dead

I’ve done it, but try to keep it to a minimum (except in cases like those human septic tanks, Yasser Arafat and Dalal Mughrabi).

In this case, I don’t have to. The dead speak ill of themselves (hat tip reader Jeanette):

One of the Chapel Hill shooting victim’s tweets reveal anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-Israel, and anti-Zionist views.

Deah Barakat tweeted over 8,000 times. Some of them are about sports. Many of them are hateful.

He retweeted and backed 9-11 conspiracy theories and compared the treatment of the Palestinians to that of Jews during the Holocaust.

He also planned on going to Syria. And seems to have sent lots of money to them.

The ellipses indicate copies of his tweets, which I won’t bother reproducing here. Well, maybe just one:

In this great country of ours, one is free to compare Israel to the Nazis and not be gunned down over it. Not that Deah Barakat was—he may have been murdered over something so trivial as a parking space (something we in Boston can relate to). One is also free to “slander the prophet of Islam”, no matter what Obama has to say about it.

The sick bastard who killed Barakat and two women can fry for all I care (oops, I keep forgetting I oppose the death penalty!); may his victims rest in peace. But while their deaths might make them martyrs in the minds of some people, they don’t have to be saints in the mind of the rest of us.

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