The Free Beacon reported this week on the continuing omission of Israel from the new Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). At a recent forum meeting in Spain, Maria Otero, US Under Secretary of State, delivered a speech titled "Victims of Terrorism" but she didn't mention Israel The conference at which she spoke was called a "High-Level Conference on the Victims of Terrorism," but it didn't include Israel as a participant. It bears repeating because it is so fantastic: At a US-supported international conference on victims of terrorism, the world's leading victim, or, better, leading target of terrorism -- Israel -- was nowhere in sight, or mind.
Welcome to the GCTF -- US counterterrorism's new "normal." This 30-member organization got its official start last September as a "major initiative" of the Obama administration when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, all palsy-walsy with her Turkish co-chair, and thanking assorted Arab royal highnesses, announced its launch.
It was quite an occasion; Hillary curled her hair. Seated next to her Turkish co-chair, nestled among ministers from Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE (and 18 other miscellaneous member-states), she then said the magic words: From London to Lahore, from Madrid to Mumbai, from Kabul to Kampala, it’s innocent civilians who have been targeted....
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashkelon? Poof, gone. And that is the point: The new US-Turkish-co-chaired global CT forum, with its related CT center coming soon in Abu Dhabi, is Judenfrei. With slightly more than one-third of the forum's 30 members coming from the proto-caliphate, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), with six of those 11 members also coming from the Arab League, that's the way the GCTF likes it. Clearly, in initiating such a group, the United States of America is liking it, too. The implications of this are as shocking as they are shameful: The USA is implicitly but clearly endorsing Arab League/OIC definitions of terrorism, which deny the existence of Israeli victims (sometimes US soldiers), and their definitions of terrorists, which make exceptions for jihad-waging groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
As with Libya where the US supported the jihad-linked side, as in Egypt (same), as in Syria (same), this side-switching elicits scant comment.
Oh, sure, there was a little yip-yapping last month when Hillary jetted to Istambul to pronounce another Israel-free incantation about efforts to "defeat extremist ideology," and two, count 'em, two, US Senators (Joe Lieberman, I-CT, and Mark Kirk, R-IN) wrote her a letter. But such complaints are nothing to compare with all the smiles, accord and cooperation coming our way from the Islamic world (umma). And it was so easy! Why hadn't we thought of this before? All we have to do is see the world the same way the umma does; pretend things like Israel don't exist (which maps in Arab countries already show); insist that Islam is a boon to mankind -- not the animating doctrine of global jihad against Israel and the wider West.
I would like to say this is something new under President Barack Obama but it's been a long time coming. If we go back to 1990-1991, we see this Big Lie forming in the make-up of President (41) George H.W. Bush's Israel-free "international coalition" in the Gulf War against Iraq. In 2003, we see the same Big Lie continuing in the formation of President (43) George W. Bush's Israel-free "coalition of the willing" to go to war against Iraq (also Afghanistan). This omission was in no way not due to Israel's unwillingness to join. It was due to the same Islamic pressure we see in action today. Both Bushes bowed, accepting for us a state of dhimmitude in exchange for Islamic smiles, accord and cooperation, such as they were, and for the great privilege of spilling American blood and treasure into the ungrateful desert. Israel, both Bushes agreed with their Islamic "allies," just wasn't fit to fight on Islamic sand.
Barring the empowerment of a Wilders or the arrival of a Sobietsky, such dhimmitude only deepens. After all, under the two Bush administrations (particularly the son's), Israelis could at least be regarded "victims" of terrorism. Today, however, under the Obama administration, Israelis no longer rate even as victims -- victims of Islamic supremacism, targets of Islamic religious war.
Navigating the dangerous shoals of international diplomacy, we have thrown "Little Satan" to the sharks, the ultimate betrayal for see-no-Islam denial.
This means our institutional embrace of Islam is nearly complete. It also means, without a courageous reversal of course, we're next.