Hillary & Islamic speech codes
Americans, Gallup tells us, admire Hillary Clinton more than any other woman in the world — again. This latest accolade marks the 17th time Gallup has found Clinton to be the Most Admired Woman (MAW?) since she became first lady nearly 20 years ago.
Only Eleanor Roosevelt (13 MAWs) comes close. And only Mother Teresa (1995 and 1996) and Laura Bush (2001) have interrupted Clinton's winning streak (and even at those times, Clinton came in second).
And therein lies America's cosmic flaw.
Does the phrase “congenital liar” ring any bells? As conjured by the late New York Times columnist William Safire in 1996, the phrase described the then-first lady for her shameless prevarications. These included what sure looked like bribery (“cattle futures”), defrauding taxpayers (“Whitewater”), obstructing justice — or, rather, “finding” her Rose Law Firm billing records (under subpoena for two years) just days after the statute of limitations ran out — among other behaviors that must have slightly suppressed Hillary-admiration that same year.
Most recently, Clinton supported President Obama's big lie that a movie trailer for “Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube “resulted” (her word) in the September attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya — a concerted falsehood for which neither Clinton nor Obama nor former CIA Director David Petraeus has yet answered.
Why was Clinton perpetuating the false narrative that the exercise of free speech under the First Amendment, not Islamic jihad, had resulted in the attack?
The fact is, Clinton has worked assiduously with the Islamic bloc nations, known as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to promote Islamic-correct speech codes through the so-called “Istanbul Process.” The goal — and the goal of transnational Islam — is to implement Shariah speech codes via U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which seeks to criminalize “defamation” (free speech) about Islam.
In leading this drive against free speech, Clinton is actually leading a drive against the First Amendment.
Most Americans don't know about the Istanbul Process, let alone how Islamic speech codes are unconstitutional. But it is this policy against free speech that may stand as Clinton's enduring legacy as secretary of State.
What influences have led Clinton to formulate or follow such policies? We don't know, although it is hard not to wonder about the input of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, a young woman with well-established familial and personal ties to Muslim Brotherhood figures and front groups (including a “charity” linked to al-Qaida and a group banned in Israel for ties to Hamas). Indeed, what may be most astounding and mysterious about Clinton's whole public tenure is how Abedin ever received the security clearance necessary to work so closely with the secretary of State.
Even broaching such a simple, if burning, national security question is a banishable offense. After all, Hillary Clinton is our MAW!
That's life. But it isn't admirable.
Diana West is the author of “The Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization” and blogs at dianawest.net.
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