Earlier this week Vox.com released an interview with President Obama where he dismissed the radical Islamist attacks on a Jewish deli in France as just some “random shooting of a bunch of folks” instead of the Islamist terror attack it was. But what many didn’t seem to notice was Obama’s anti-Jewish rhetoric uttered during that same segment.
In the interview released Monday, Obama rambled about the history of capitalism and gave another example of his “you didn’t build that” garbage. Obama then explicitly endorsed communist-styled wealth redistribution.
But his comments about the attack on a French deli by radial Islamists got a lot of press. Here is the full quote:
Look, the point is this: my first job is to protect the American people. It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris. We devote enormous resources to that, and it is right and appropriate for us to be vigilant and aggressive in trying to deal with that–the same way a big city mayor’s got to cut the crime rate down if he wants that city to thrive. But we also have to attend to a lot of other issues, and we’ve got to make sure we’re right-sizing our approach so that what we do isn’t counterproductive. I would argue that our invasion of Iraq was counterproductive to the goal of keeping our country safe.
Many people lit on the “random shooting” comment, and rightfully so. There wasn’t a single thing “random” about the Islamist terrorist’s actions that terrible day. The Jews were specifically targeted by the Muslim murderers. There wasn’t a thing “random” about that. Further they weren’t merely “a bunch of folks.” The Muslims meant to target Jews. The “folks” were very specific, not random.
But back up a bit on that quote and take a look at another anti-Jew word that Obama used there.
In that second sentence, instead of calling the terrorists Muslim extremists Obama called them “a bunch of violent, vicious zealots.”
As a friend of mine pointed out, Zealots is an interesting choice of words because the original meaning of the word was applied to Jewish fighters. The original definition historically applied to “a member of an ancient Jewish sect aiming at a world Jewish theocracy and resisting the Romans until AD 70.”
So, it is interesting that Obama used this dog whistle word originally applied to Jews, isn’t it? It seems that Obama is trying to blame Jews for all this, doesn’t it?