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Post"Let Allah Sort It Out" and Sarah Palin (Randy Black, USA, 08/28/14 3:43 am)
In John Heelan's 27 August post, he commented on Massoud Malek's mention of a June 2013 quote on Sarah Palin's Facebook page. Palin commented on the murders of Syrians by the Assad government and the related attacks by Syrian terrorist groups on Syrians when she commented, "Let Allah sort it out." In context, it is clear that she was seething with sarcasm. If you follow my link, you might draw the same conclusion.
John Eipper asked for the Facebook link to that statement. It is below.
I'm not quite sure how Palin's year ago thoughts on Syrians killing Syrians using chemical WMDs on its own people, or Islamic terrorists pretty much committing their own genocides on Syrians relates to Palin and nuclear triggers, but I'll try to put Palin's comments in context.
One year ago this week, The LA Times reported that Palin addressed the matters of Obama's hypocrisy on the chemical weapons issues and the murders by Syrian President Assad of his own people. Obama had indicated that the red line in the sand, if crossed, would result in US intervention. While the evidence was clear that the line was crossed, Obama accomplished little. The slaughter of Syrians continues.
In June 2013, Palin opined, "So we're bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I'm the idiot?" wrote Palin, apparently still stinging at some of the barbs directed at her intellect during the 2008 presidential campaign and after, when she became a heroine of the Tea Party wing of the GOP.
"We didn't intervene when over 100,000 Syrians were tragically slaughtered by various means, but we'll now intervene to avenge the tragic deaths of over 1,000 Syrians killed by chemical weapons, though according to the White House we're not actually planning to take out the chemical weapons because doing so would require 'too much of a commitment.'" Note: Did anyone ever ask if Assad's chemical weapons were somehow related to the WMDs that were not yet discovered in Iraq a decade ago? It was rumored at the time that they'd been transferred to Assad's country for "safekeeping." Just a thought.
In any case, like many Americans, Palin wondered what the ultimate American goal in Syria would be: "President Obama wants to do what, exactly? Punish evil acts in the form of a telegraphed air strike on Syria to serve as a deterrent?"
From 2013: Palin, whose statement on Facebook had garnered more than 77,000 "likes" by early Saturday evening, ended with a familiar snarky sentiment that she has expressed in the past:
"If we are dangerously uncertain of the outcome and are led into war by a Commander-in-chief who can't recognize that this conflict is pitting Islamic extremists against an authoritarian regime with both sides shouting ‘Allah Akbar' at each other," wrote Palin, "then let Allah sort it out."
Source: Aug. 31, 2013
Palin's Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151832583113588&l=9dad685d2e
JE comments: Actually, I would have expected Sarah Palin's Facebook quip to garner far more than 77,000 "likes." (It's up to 86,000 now, and one of the likers is Duane Johnson. I thought that meant The Rock, but he spells his name Dwayne.)
"Let Allah sort it out" is not Churchillian or Lincolnian rhetoric. But I sense Palin is striving more for pop celebrity than stateswoman status.
Sarah Palin's Sarcasm
(John Heelan, UK
08/29/14 6:49 AM)
Randy Black (28 August) suggests that Sarah Palin was being sarcastic with her "Let Allah sort it out" remark.
Perhaps Ms Palin should reflect on Cassandra Clare's comment in her book City of Bones: "Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt." Some might agree with the author in this case.
JE comments: Yes, but Sarah Palin is scrappy and very good at being Sarah Palin. Sarcasm suits her folksy image, and it works for her intended audience--note the 86,000 Facebook "likes."
Sarah Palin's Sarcasm
(Rodolfo Neirotti, USA
08/30/14 8:41 AM)
John E made this comment about Sarah Palin (see John Heelan's post of 29 August): "[She] is scrappy and very good at being Sarah Palin. Sarcasm suits her folksy image, and it works for her intended audience--note the 86,000 Facebook 'likes.'"
The 86,000 Facebook "likes" is a good example of the amount of "egg heads" in the country. Unfortunately they are not a majority, as Adlai Stevenson once said after someone congratulated him for a brilliant speech.
JE comments: Or fortunately? I'm a bit confused, but I believe Rodolfo Neirotti's point is that Adlai Stevenson made brilliant speeches and they never got him elected president. But Stevenson ran against Eisenhower--twice. And nobody could have beaten Ike.
(Harry Papasotiriou, Greece
09/04/14 7:30 AM)
The Adlai Stevenson story (see Rodolfo Neirotti, 30 August), is as follows. A woman told him after one of his speeches: "Mr Stevenson, you will get every thinking man's vote." He replied: "Yes madam, but I need a majority."
JE comments: Wisdom for the ages, or even prophecy. The level of electoral thinking today is just a fraction of what it was in the 1950s. Mid-term elections in the US are upon us, and it seems that 90% of the TV spots are attacks of the vilest sort: democracy reduced to thirty seconds of vitriol.
"[We] must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." This is from Eisenhower, who supposedly wasn't the thinking man's candidate.
- Adlai Stevenson (Harry Papasotiriou, Greece 09/04/14 7:30 AM)
- Sarah Palin's Sarcasm (Rodolfo Neirotti, USA 08/30/14 8:41 AM)