There is a lot of turmoil in the world right now, much of it centered in the Middle East where Arabs and Muslims are attempting to throw off the yoke of their tyrants. Consider how the Obama administration has reacted:
Libya: One of the most brutal, sociopathic dictators in the world, running his nation as his private fiefdom, uses his security forces to kill peaceful demonstrators in the hundreds. The Obama response is measured and careful; from the Wall Street Journal: [All emphases added-SW]
"We are working to ascertain the facts, but we have received multiple credible reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured in several days of unrest," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement. He added that "the full extent of the death toll is unknown due to the lack of access of international media and human rights organizations.''
"We have raised to a number of Libyan officials, including Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, our strong objections to the use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators," Mr. Crowley said.
Libyan officials said they were committed "to protecting and safeguarding the right of peaceful protest. We call upon the Libyan government uphold that commitment,'' Mr. Crowley said. The U.S. wants Libya to "hold accountable any security officer who does not act in accordance with that commitment," he added.
The comments came as protesters continued to challenge authoritarian governments from North Africa to the Persian Gulf. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Obama administration would support—but not seek to direct—pro-democracy forces.
"We cannot dictate the outcomes. We cannot tell countries what they're going to do," Mrs. Clinton said.
Iran: People are again risking their lives to protest against the Mullacracy in Iran; it is interesting that a search of the New York Times and on Google brings up a story from a week ago, and nothing today:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that Tehran's crackdown on demonstrators, after it had praised the popular uprising in Egypt, shows the "hypocrisy" of the Iranian government. Clinton said steps by the Egyptian military thus far to manage a democratic transition are reassuring.
U.S. officials have made no secret of their irritation over the Iranian government’s suppression of dissent, while claiming credit for popular foment in Egypt and elsewhere in the region.
Again, the response is quite measured; we are "irritated" by their suppression of dissent; I suppose that in Diplospeak, "suppression" is synonymous with murder and torture.
Now, contrast with the Obama administration response after their politically motivated veto of a UN Resolution condemning Israel for building new apartments in territory that is universally understood, including by the Palestinians, to be part of Israel in any conceivable comprehensive agreement:
Our opposition to the resolution before this Council today should therefore not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity. On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. For more than four decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel’s security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region. Continued settlement activity violates Israel’s international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace…
It is the Israelis’ and Palestinians’ conflict, and even the best-intentioned outsiders cannot resolve it for them. Therefore every potential action must be measured against one overriding standard: will it move the parties closer to negotiations and an agreement? Unfortunately, this draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides. It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations and, if and when they did resume, to return to the Security Council whenever they reach an impasse…
While we agree with our fellow Council members—and indeed, with the wider world—about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this Council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians. We therefore regrettably have opposed this draft resolution.
So anti-American tyrants murder their own people and we express irritation; Israel, our single closest and most reliable ally in the Middle East, builds apartments and we are outraged and rush to join in with the UN lynch mob in attacking Israel's legitimacy.
Feel free to discuss among yourselves. Any comments that suggest that the current administration is staffed by people who do not appear to support traditional American notions of Freedom will reluctantly be disqualified because they simply cannot be true (as the supporters of the Obama administration continually insist) and such comments are, therefore, un-civil.
[For the record, before 1948, Arab pogroms against the Jewish population of Palestine were a regular occurrence. After Israel achieved statehood in 1948 it was attacked by 5 Arab armies. After the 1967 War, the Arabs announced the Three No's of Khartoum: No Peace; No recognition; No negotiation. More wars followed and while Egypt and Jordan agreed to a cold Peace with Israel, the Palestinians to this day refuse to accept Israel as a Jewish state and continue to explicitly support genocide of the Jews. That is why there is no Palestinian state.]