The Biblical first sin was, according to several rabbis, not so much the eating of the forbidden fruit. Rabbi Emanuel Quint once told me: “We all sometimes eat something that we shouldn’t have. That can’t be the archetypal failure of humanity. Their sin was that they laid the blame outside of them.” The man blames his wife and the G^d Who gave her to him, the woman blames the snake, and G^d doesn’t even ask the snake.
This is exactly what President Biden did. The self-proclaimed foreign-policy specialist President messed up the US’ Afghan withdrawal and denies it was a disaster anyone could see coming and doesn’t own it.
It is one thing to make a (big) mistake. But it’s quite another thing to portray this then as the logical, natural, unavoidable outcome of Causality.
He promised to make the US safer with his balanced diplomacy. He just endangered it. He promised to frankly admit any mistakes he’d make. He just didn’t. The honeymoon with the American People should be over.
Besides the failure by US President Biden to save the world from another extremist Muslim regime, he abandoned the Afghan People to a group of fundamentalist murderers. Just like US President Trump betrayed the Kurds for no reason at all. Just like US President Clinton handed over the Tutsis to genocide as if their lives didn’t count. And just like President Roosevelt washed his hands of the Holocaust while it was happening.
Shockingly, the US had no fit plans either how to rescue the thousands of Americans in Afghanistan nor its allied interpreters and contractors.
This unfitness as leader of the Free World doesn’t stem from hatred. Hatred is incomplete love. It stems from the opposite of love: indifference.
- “A lack of caring enables all evil, including the Holocaust.” (Eli Wiesel).
- “The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.” (Albert Einstein).
- “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” (Pastor Dietrich Bonhöffer, a rare German church leader who constantly protested the Nazi regime).
- “The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference.” (Renowned Holocaust Scholar Sir Ian Kershaw).
- “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transformation was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” (Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.)
This might not be Biden’s Waterloo. But it certainly is his fall from grace, and he should be expelled from the Garden of Eden for it.