Pardon me if I don’t join the Kumbaya choir that captivated the mainstream media on Sunday morning. While I unequivocally stand with the nearly 3 million Frenchmen who rallied in celebration of free speech and condemnation of Islamic terrorism, the image of world leaders marching arm in arm failed to evoke in me the euphoric triumph of good over evil that pervaded the multitude, indeed most of Western civilization. Rather, I lamented the hypocrisy of these very same world leaders who appease Muslim extremism, fund terrorism and honor terrorists, not unlike the ones who brought them together.
I couldn’t help but notice Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas standing near German Chancellor Angela Merkel – angling to get to the front of the line. Immediately I was transported back to September 11, 2001 and the scene in East Jerusalem as Palestinians celebrated the news that America was attacked.
At the time, Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat publicly condemned the attacks as his minions handed out candy to children in Gaza. He also staged for the cameras his donation of blood for Americans injured in the twin tower attacks – later revealed as a hoax to mask the Palestinian rejoicing over the murder of 3,000 Americans.
Abbas is cut from the same cloth. A Holocaust denier in his own right, Abbas is a protégé of Arafat, who is unequivocally the father of modern day terrorism. Without the path to hell set in motion by Arafat and Abbas, there is no attack in France and no 9/11.
Abbas’ solidarity with world leaders against terrorism is the very definition of chutzpah.
On Christmas Day the Abbas government honored five terrorists with the official status of shahids (martyrs). Among those anointed to highest honor bestowed upon a terrorist were Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal who walked into a Jerusalem synagogue and opened fire, killing four rabbis and a police officer.
The list of murderers lauded by Abbas is endless. One of the most disgusting is his personal decoration with the “Star of Honor” medal of arch-terrorist Nayef Hawatmeh in 2013. During the 1970s Hawatmeh committed multiple acts of terror resulting in the murder of over 30 school children.
But Abbas wasn’t the only terror advocate doing the march of hypocrisy.
Representatives from the government of Qatar could be found corrupting the dignitary pack. Known to be the terrorist organization Hamas’ biggest funder after Iran, their presence in Paris was undoubtedly an economic decision.
In November a French business delegation representing 32 companies visited the terrorist-sponsoring nation to discuss expanding business relations. There is even a French-Qatari Business Council in Paris, so economics is a logical reason for their participation — that and paying their respects to the terrorists who murdered eight French citizens.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also delegitimizes Sunday’s walk of luminaries. Under his leadership with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Hamas has found a staunch ally and sanctuary for their killers.
Hamas West Bank commander Saleh al-Arouri bragged to attendees at an August conference of Islamic clerics in Turkey that Hamas had carried out the June kidnapping and murder of American citizen Naftali Fraenkel and Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach and Gil-ad Shaar.
Turkey has also been implicated in supporting ISIS.
A November 11, 2014 report by Newsweek, “ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally: Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation,” revealed the extent to which the Turkish military is assisting ISIS, according to “a reluctant former communications technician working for Islamic State.”
So you’ll forgive me if I don’t rejoice over the solidarity choir infiltrated by men with blood-soaked hands.
I remember how world leaders came together after 9/11. Thirteen years later, with thousands more dead at the hands of Islamic extremists, we are unified again.
But don’t worry. Since the West is incapable of learning from the past, I’m sure thousands more will perish after this massacre is a distant memory. In another thirteen years we can once again hold hands and create cute hashtags to show our support for this week’s victims.
I only pray the world proves me wrong.
Paul Miller is a contributor to the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. He serves as principal of Pauliegroup LLC, a Chicago-based new-media and political consulting firm.