In the USA House Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address a joint meeting of Congress on February 11, 2015.
He said, inter alia: “Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of his people. In this time of challenge, I am asking the Prime Minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life. Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again.”
The House of Representatives and the Senate engineered this to show Obama specifically how little respect they have for him, and how fed up they are with him, his people and most of his policies. Their timing – just after Obama’s annual State of the Union address, was significant. Clearly, they also wanted to give Netanyahu and the people of Israel a political boost by showing them and the world that despite Obama’s six years of negativity and bias, the representatives of the people at the ground level did not agree with the “strange” policies emanating from the White House.
But most of all Mr. Boehner most probably realises that these killings are being carried out in the name of God, and that God’s killers never stop of their own volition-they have to be stopped.
Should not all South Africans, Europeans, Canadians, Americans and other democracies, and all moderate religious and secular groupings, follow this sensible lead and therefore draw a line in the sand as a statement of rejection of the intent to the extremists?