2:45 PM, Aug 20, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The president is appalled. Indeed he said this afternoon that "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL." The act of violence that killed Jim Foley, the president continued, "shocks the conscience of the entire world."
What happens in the age of Obama to a group that does something that appalls and shocks the conscience of the entire world?
President Obama said that "no just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day." I am no theologian. I pray that the president is right. But I know that we cannot sit back and wait for a just God to bring evildoers to judgment here below. I also know how facile it is for President Obama to say that "people like this ultimately fail. They fail, because the future is won by those who build and not destroy." The Nazis ultimately did fail. But first they killed 6 million Jews, and caused the deaths of tens of millions of others. And they failed because we and our allies defeated them.
It's nice that "one thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century." But the 21st century has a lot of years left. It would be nice if the president of the United States were acting to see to it that ISIL has no place in the world now.
The president closed by appealing to "the timeless values that we stand for." The only timeless value he seems willing to stand for is golf.
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