Daniel Teeboom
Daniel Teeboom

Words of death

You know what’s really insulting? All those fake declarations of ‘never again’ each year.

The reason why Obama’s White House press secretary never said anything stupid about chemical weapons is because under Obama the Democrats did nothing to end the massacre in Syria. Well, not exactly nothing, they did solemnly declare “never again” every Holocaust memorial day. And they did so flawlessly. But now, now that something is being done, they stand on the sidelines and issue corrections. So brave.

Elie Wiesel didn’t say you have to chose the right words. He said: “Indifference is the epitome of evil.” We have had six years of indifference under the Democrats and Obama. Only Israel has taken steps to actually help anybody in Syria by providing medical aid to wounded civilians. Everybody else has just been standing around trying not to notice what’s been going on over there. Until the refugees came.

But now we are supposed to be all outraged because Sean Spicer said something stupid. I think as far as Democrats in the US are concerned their outrage is fake. They are grandstanding because they feel ashamed that their hero Obama did nothing for six years while Trump, the guy they called Hitler, immediately sprung into action to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria. A war by the way for which Obama bears personal responsibility. He unleashed this thing.

Let’s not forget how this war in Syria got started. It’s not a coincidence the uprising against Assad began in March 2011. It was in March 2011 that the US led a coalition to depose Qaddafi. It was in March 2011 that Obama explained to the world that he could not allow a massacre in Benghazi which would have “stained the conscience of the world“. It wasn’t in America’s national interest he said to allow such an atrocity to take place he said. So he decided to act and got a coalition together in order to stop the killing.

Is it too much of a stretch to imagine that the people of Syria heard what Obama had said, saw what he had done and figured that only if they died in large enough numbers the US would come to their rescue as well? I think they did and I think that thought sustained them while they braved Assad’s tanks and machine guns. In the early days of the rebellion, before the Jihadists took over, the rebels were mostly unarmed civilians.

So die they did in their hundreds of thousands but help never came. Suddenly those values Obama spoke about didn’t matter that much. Suddenly the national interest to prevent a massacre that would stain the conscience of the world had evaporated. All that was left were excuses and disappearing red lines.

Some people say it was the rebels themselves who gassed their own people. I certainly think that’s possible but all it tells me is that to them the word of an American president still matters. A president who not only told Mubarak he needed to go and forced Qaddafi out. But who also introduced himself as a friend of oppressed Muslims in the Middle East in his Cairo speech of June 2009. It was his words, his flawless words, beautifully spoken, delivered with perfect rhythm, that unleashed this hell because they were empty deadly words. Because he gave people false hope for no other reason than that it sounded nice.

My parents weren’t liberated by virtue signalling social justice warriors. They were liberated by white christian men, unshaven, unwashed, often uneducated. Men who stood for everything liberals abhor and who used guns to kill bad guys. The old America, the one which came back with Trump and which people like me feared we would never see again. Because that America actually does something in the face of evil despite it’s many imperfections.

The people who do something are making mistakes while the people who stood by and did nothing are correcting them. They should shut up.

About the Author
Born in Switzerland in 1973. Raised in Holland. My parents were Holocaust survivors.