Burma and Turkey: Obama’s Muslim Human Rights Double Standard
When Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the leader of an Islamist regime that openly supports terrorism and locks up the opposition, came to America, he got the red carpet treatment, including a United States Marine holding an umbrella over the murderous thug’s head.
During their joint remarks, Obama made no mention of the tens of thousands of political prisoners in Turkish jails, the habitual repression or the violations of the rule of law. No mention was made of allegations that Turkey had used chemical weapons in Iraq against the Kurds. Instead Obama lavished praise on one of the country’s worst enemies and pledged his support for Erdogan’s proxy war against Syria.
Obama praised Turkey’s “progress” under Erdogan, who has locked up reporters and done his best to make Turkey a one-party state, “I want to take this opportunity to commend you and the Turkish people for your courage in seeking an historic and peaceful resolution of the PKK violence that has plagued Turkey for so long. And just as the United States has stood with you in your long search for security, we will support efforts in Turkey to uphold the rule of law and good governance and human rights for all. ”
There was no mention of legitimate Kurdish grievances, such as the ruthless prosecution of Kurds for singing a song or speaking their own language.
Meanwhile when President Thein Sein of Myanmar, formerly Burma, came to town, Obama blasted him, not over the usual human rights violations in the country, but over the only thing in the world that Obama appears to genuinely care about. Muslims, expressing his “deep concern about communal violence that has been directed at Muslim communities inside of Myanmar. The displacement of people, the violence directed towards them needs to stop, and we are prepared to work in any ways that we can with both the government of Myanmar and the international community to assure that people are getting the help that they need but, more importantly, that their rights and their dignity is recognized over the long term.”
No such concern was offered for the Kurds, who are also Muslims, but who are not one of the dominant Islamist powers in the region.
Obama’s Muslims First foreign policy is really an Islamism First foreign policy. It defines the American relationship to countries such as Burma purely in terms of the Islamist obsessions with extending their Volksmuslimer settlers into every country and then waging war on those countries in the name of their “human rights”.
This distortion of American foreign policy is isolating the United States and destroying its national interests. It is preventing the United States from engaging with non-Muslim countries on any terms other than the war and grievance industries of Islam.
About Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.