Baltimore and Ferguson: my two Syrian cents on an all-American issue

<> on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Maryland state troopers stand guard near a CVS pharmacy that was burned to the ground on April 27, 2015 during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The problem highlighted by the current riots in Baltimore and the earlier riots in Ferguson cannot be reduced to the casual observation that mostly black neighborhoods cannot be effectively policed by a mostly white police force. Due to its more intimate knowledge of the local communities, a mostly black police force can be as equally oppressive in its tactics if not more so, unless the real problems are addressed.

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Another Broken Promise

obama-friedman-full-videoSixteenByNine1050And now we can add Syria and the Central African Republic to the mix

He broke his promise on Darfur. He broke his promise on the Armenian Genocide. He broke the promise he made while president to uphold a certain redline in Syria. In fact, he remained quite indifferent to the unfolding genocide there waxing philosophical at one point and saying:

“And how do I weigh tens of thousands who’ve been killed in Syria versus the tens of thousands who are currently being killed in the Congo?”

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America The Secure?

Back in 2007, presidential hopeful Barack Obama made a promise that as President of the United States he would never "turn a blind eye on slaughter." Indeed, this is the one promise no leader of the free world should ever fail to make and should never ever break. Candidate Obama clearly made it, then, as President, he repeatedly broke it. History will judge. This is not simply a stain on his legacy, this is a stain on his sense of humanity and honor. It is also a stain on ours for our failure to get him to act. History will not be kind to us as well. History cares little for our intentions.
Back in 2007, presidential hopeful Barack Obama made a promise that as President of the United States he would never “turn a blind eye on slaughter.” Indeed, this is the one promise no leader of the free world should ever fail to make and should never ever break. Candidate Obama clearly made it, then, as President, he repeatedly broke it. History will judge. This is not simply a stain on his legacy, this is a stain on his sense of humanity and honor. It is also a stain on ours for our failure to get him to act. History will not be kind to us as well. History cares little for our intentions.

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any of the supporters of the Obama Doctrine are appalled by what is clearly a cynical policy of fear-mongering by the right, one that is more concerned with galvanizing the power-base than it is with explain the facts of the world we live into them. But, the supporters argue, while the world might indeed be going through a turbulent and violent phase right now, America is actually quite safe.

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