One of the larger drawbacks to having John Kerry as secretary of state is his inane statements now have worldwide impact, instead of being limited to a domestic audience as was the case previously.
Even worse, what he says now can cause real damage, while as a senator Kerry’s bloviating was relatively harmless since he was part of large collection of publicity-seeking bloviators.
Kerry’s latest occurred last Sunday when he compared the jihadists trying to break Israel’s Gaza blockade aboard the Mavi Marmara with the victims of the Boston bombing. The ship was part of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” that was attempting to break the blockade.
The blockade was designed to keep weapons and military supplies away from the Hamas terrorists who control the government and were firing rockets into Israel on a daily basis. This particular ship was filled with thugs recruited by The Foundation for Human Rights & Freedoms & Humanitarian Relief, which is a “charity” with ties to Islamic terror organizations.
Israeli commandos were lowered to the deck from a helicopter — as they were allowed to do under international law. As the commandos touched down, they were attacked and captured by the Islamists waiting in ambush. Nine jihadists were killed during the ensuing battle to rescue the commandos.
Kerry said the Boston Marathon finish line bombing made him “acutely aware of the emotions felt by the families of the nine Turks who died” during the rescue. This is moral equivalence at its most offensive. Let me explain the difference between the Mavi Marmara and the Boston attack.
The Americans at the finish line of the marathon were peaceably assembled to watch friends and loved ones finish a foot race. The Turks on the Mavi Marmara were armed and lying in wait to attack Israelis sent to inspect the ship.
The victims in Boston were killed by cowardly terrorists who planted bombs among unsuspecting spectators. The jihadists on the ship died after their attack backfired and the Israelis rescued their comrades. On one hand you have unwilling participants in a terror attack who paid with their lives. On the other, you have willing attackers who died when their ambush failed.
There was indeed one similarity completely missed by the oblivious Kerry: both incidents and all deaths were the result of Islamist attacks.
I am reluctant to call for an apology from Kerry, since that smacks too much of the manufactured outrage that liberals enjoy so much. But I will point out that a secretary of state who is unable to distinguish between attackers and victims is also a secretary that will have difficulty recognizing and defending the interests of the United States.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.