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Kerry Likens Boston Victims to Israeli Troop Attackers

by Keith Koffler on April 23, 2013, 8:20 am

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested an equivalence between those killed while ambushing Israeli commandos boarding one of the 2010 “Gaza Flotilla” ships and the victims of the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon.

Speaking Sunday during a news conference in Istanbul, Kerry expressed sympathy for the families of Turks killed during the confrontation with Israeli troops, comparing their sadness to his own after the Boston bombings.

I know it’s an emotional issue with some people. I particularly say to the families of people who were lost in the incident we understand these tragedies completely and we sympathize with them.

And nobody – I mean, I have just been through the week of Boston and I have deep feelings for what happens when you have violence and something happens and you lose people that are near and dear to you. It affects a community, it affects a country. We’re very sensitive to that.

But the circumstances of those killed in the two incidents were quite different, and morally opposite.

Those killed in Boston innocent victims.

The Turkish deaths resulted from an attack on Israeli soldiers, who were trying to ward off a brutal assault by pro-Palestinian activists who had pre-planned a violent confrontation. The incident occurred aboard the ship Mavi Marmara, part of the Gaza Flotilla that was trying to provide supplies to Gaza residents by attempting to breach the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip.

On other ships boarded by Israeli commandos, only passive resistance was offered, but the Mavi Marmara occupants were looking for a fight, and they got one. Several Israeli commandos were wounded, including one who was stabbed in the abdomen and severely beaten.

Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks Monday called on Kerry to retract his remarks

“It’s unconscionable to compare the loss of life resulting from an act of self-defense to the results of cold-blooded, premeditated murder by terrorists,” he said.

{ 35 comments }

William April 23, 2013 at 8:26 am

This sort of moral equivocation is what you can expect from the people who say, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Especially from this guy, who smeared and denigrated those with whom he had served. A man with that much disloyalty in his heart has no moral basis upon which to view things clearly.

Scottso April 23, 2013 at 8:50 am

I don’t think Kerry has to retract his remarks!

I just think we need to retract Kerry as Sect’y of State.

Of course Kerry’s moral equivalence issues started back in 1971.

And let’s just say this too: Obama made Israel apologize to Turkey. And what did they get for that? Another spit in the face from the Turks and the Americans.

ImNoDhimmi April 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

Kerry’s incompetence and complete lack of understanding of islam should disqualify him to hold the post of Secretary of State. And this is what he’ll be doing tomorrow:

“BRUSSELS — Secretary of State John Kerry will host a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday with top Afghan and Pakistani leaders to try to foster cooperation over the stalled reconciliation process with the Taliban and other thorny issues, American and Afghan officials said Monday.”
Source: New York Times

sportinlife10 April 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

But look who he’s replacing! Hillary “What difference does it make?” Clinton.

Julie Brueckheimer April 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

Zing!

Jojo April 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

Actually, I think he has less sense than Hillary… not that it says much…

cincycinco April 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

From the Obama style book;

Israeli self-defense = Terrorism.
Disagreeing with Prezzy = Racism.
Islamic terroism = Justifiable expression of anger.
Returning Veteran = Potential Terrorist
Evangelical Christain = Even Bigger Potential Terrorist.
Marriage = Any combination of people who want to share benefits.
Business Owner = Murderous Theif.
Abortion of one’s infant, even after birth = absoute right.
Second Amendment = No right at all.
First Amendment = As long as you agree with Obama.
Fourth Amendment = Except in Boston.
Taxes = Investments only the Government is wise enough to make.
George Bush = The Root Of All Evil.
This is starting to sound a little familiar…
“WAR IS PEACE,” “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY,” “IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” – George Orwell, “1984″.

(& Barak Obama, 2008?)

Julie Brueckheimer April 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

Crime = Tragedy

Jeff April 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

He also begged the PM to let Israel have base rights for Iran and not to go to Gaza, and they mocked him in the press already in their no..But , hey.. thats Obama’s BFF

troy c April 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

We are DOOMED. Check out this testimony from ICE Council president Chris Crane yesterday :
“”Law making in our nation has indeed taken a strange twist as Senators invite illegal aliens to testify before Congress and groups representing illegal aliens are brought into the development of our nation’s laws, but American citizens working as law enforcement officers within our nation’s broken immigration system are purposely excluded from the process and prohibited from providing input,” Crane said. “Never before have I seen such contempt for law enforcement officers as what I’ve seen from the Gang of 8.”

Crane also said law enforcement agents including border sheriffs, interior sheriffs, deputies and immigration agents came to Washington D.C. with the hope the Gang of 8 would hear their concerns. They held two meetings on two separate days and according to Crane, not one member of the Gang of 8 bothered to show up. In fact, when Crane asked a question during a Gang of 8 press conference recently, he was escorted out by police.
Here is video link: http://youtu.be/i8hilg3NAkY

Anonna April 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

It’s as if you come home and find a hundred burglars in your house indignantly demanding their own keys to the front door so they won’t have to use the back window any more. The police say, “There are just too many of them for us to arrest, so we’re going to make them legal residents in your house — and in about ten years you’ll be forced to adopt them into your family. And by the way, any babies that they’ve birthed on your carpet is already legally a member of your family.”

Deport the illegal aliens. Let them decide if they want their anchor babies enough to take them with them once the babies won’t mean instant U.S. support checks.

We can deport these illegals — all it takes it determination.

How sickening that they have been able to position themselves as legal immigrants — these sneak thieves who never had citizenship as a goal — if they had wanted it, they would have applied the right way. They only wanted to work and live illegally in the U.S. without being hassled by law — and that is exactly what the Gang of Eight and The One are giving them.

Girly1 April 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

Well stated, Anonna! We are descending into a state of lawlessness. The immigration bill will be rushed through just as Obamacare was shoved down our throats – without a thought as to the unintended consequeces. Unfortunately, the unintended consequences of amnetizing 20M plus illegals will be permanent and non-retractable – the final blow to our sovereignty. The 14th Amendment birthright citizenship will never be addressed. In a few years, the tens of millions of anchor babies will be of voting age – the death knell for the Republican party and the emergence of a one-party oligarchy. We will join the ranks of Venezuela and the rest of the Third World

We dodged the amnesty bullet a few years ago under GWB; I fear we will not be as fortunate this time around. With the stroke of his pen, Obama’s Marxist utopia will be complete.

srdem65 April 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

I share your concerns.
It wasn’t that long ago that our elected betters in Washinton consulted with business leaders about the upcoming relaxation of our immigration laws’ Their input and concern wasn’t for the PedroGonzalas who will cut the grass, butt the RajishPatels who will bring their engineering degrees from India to work for less than American engineers.

Anne Lieberman April 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

Watch what really happened when Israeli commandos – armed primarily with PAINTBALLS were let down onto this ship from heAfter advising this ship of fools that a naval blockade was in force and advising them that they must follow to port or be boarded Israeli soldiers armed primarily with PAINTBALLS, are let down

http://youtu.be/gYjkLUcbJWo

Anne Lieberman April 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

Ooops. Hit the submit button by accident :/

Sadie April 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

The real “oops” is Obama – everything else that follows will be heart ache.

Darkangel April 23, 2013 at 9:17 am

Ah, the old reliable medal-tosser, running his mouth with his brain disengaged again.

How many unintended consequences are we going to have to deal with this time?

RickW April 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

John Kerry should still be in prison for his act of treason, meeting with North Vietnamese reps while still a commissioned officer in the Naval Reserve. As William put it so well in the first post here “has no moral basis upon which to view things clearly”

pianogirl88 April 23, 2013 at 9:21 am

So correct, Rick!

Sadie April 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

@ Rick – Which more than qualifies Kerry in Obama’s mind in the scheme of things.

Danceswithtruth April 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

I think he should share his cell with Jane.

Stephen Hall April 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

This is just more anti jew pro Arab crap by the Obama admin. and Kerry. It makes you wonder where the media is when it is so much in your face.

srdem65 April 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

Instead of wondering why our SoSKerry would say such a stupid thing, we should ask ourselves why we’re suprised that his remarks are anti-Semitic when the Obama administration has shown, over and over, that it favors the Islamists over the concerns of the Israelis.

sportinlife10 April 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

I consider this the biggest coverup since Benghazi.
I did so want to believe in the FBI, but under Holder, they’re a bunch of incompetent johnny-come-lately clowns too. Real FBI people must be seething.

Susan April 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

The fish rots from the head down, and this regime is one giant dead fish spreading its stink and rot from Istanbul to Ithaca.

Sadie April 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

Our newly appointed State Dept. secretary attempts to “curry” favor with the Turks, POTUS refuses to even discuss the Turkish genocide of Armenians, add to the mix, this FALKing idiot, a perp-fessor at Princeton and you get a clear vision of our foreign policy.

GENEVA, April 22, 2013, – In a letter sent today to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice (see below), UN Watch demanded the condemnation of top UN Human Rights Council official Richard Falk over his latest remarks blaming the Boston terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy and “Tel Aviv.” His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-Moon cc: Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations We write to express our outrage…

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/04/22/u-n-official-boston-terror-attack-retribution-for-americas-support-for-israel/

KmikeB April 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

It won’t be too long now as Kerry stands before the former United States Embassy in Tehran and apologizes to the Iranians for the United States lack of judgement in our dealings with the Shah…

Sadie April 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Shouldn’t be too difficult. Kerry’s daughter is married to an American of Iranian descent and they have already visited with his extended family in Iran.

Girly1 April 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

Inexcusable! Boston as been victimized twice in one week! What’s next? An apology from Hanoi John Heinz Kerry to the family of the Boston Bombers for killing one son and wounding the other?

Meanwhile, Israelis are astonished over Kerry’s claim (praise) of ‘Turkish sensitivity’ regarding Netanyahu’s forced apology for the flotilla attack. The Turks are gloating!
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Kerrys-claim-of-Turkish-sensitivity-astonishes-Israelis-309038

How are we going to survive the unholy alliance of Obama, Kerry, Hagel and Brennan? Shivers!

anneinarkansas April 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

Kerry is amost as spooky as Bam .

Mandy Manners April 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

Given the close ties between IHH and iran, and Kerry’s familial ties with Iran, I’m not the least bit surprised.

In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.

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The Iranian website reported that shortly after their marriage, the young couple visited those relatives in Iran.

Was the Iranian publication itself a subtle form of blackmail, aimed at letting Kerry know that the regime is fully aware of his son-in-law’s extended family in Iran? The Islamic Republic systematically puts pressure on family members of prominent Iranian-Americans (for example, individuals who work at the Persian service of Voice of America), to make sure that they do not engage in hostile statements or activities against the Tehran regime.

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Certainly, Secretary Kerry has long favored a U.S. rapprochement with the Islamic Republic. He has repeatedly appeared with groups such as the American Iranian Council (AIC), and has taken money from Iranian-Americans for his political campaigns, including at least one illegal donation from an Iranian woman who did not have a green card.

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Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/25/kerry-exposes-iranian-family-tie-and-subjects-family-to-blackmail/#ixzz2RIX6qHOZ

The AIC is the same group that sponsored Hagel’s 2007 speech at Rutger

Hooshang Amirahmadi, who led Rutgers’ Center for Middle Eastern Studies when Hagel came to campus, is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council. He arranged for Hagel’s speech on March 2, 2007, the faculty source told The Daily Caller. (RELATED OPINION — Chuck Hagel: the darling of Tehran)

Iran’s Guardian Council cleared Amirahmadi to run for the presidency in 2013. Approval of the regime is required before candidates’ names can appear on the ballot.

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According to a contemporaneous online report written by a Hagel supporter, the former senator said during his 2007 presentation at Rutgers that the U.S. State Department “has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office.”

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Amirahmadi’s CV discloses that he has received financial support from the Alavi Foundation, a wealthy organization that the U.S. government has called ”a front for the government of Iran.”

And IRS records provided to TheDC by FoundationSearch.com show that between 2003 and 2008, Rutgers University received $688,000 from the same foundation.

The New York Post reported in 2009 that the Alavi Foundation contributed $100,000 towards Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University.

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Farshid Jahedi, the Alavi foundation’s former president, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice for destroying documents connecting the foundation to Bank Melli Iran, the regime’s terror-linked national bank, and to the ownership of a Manhattan office building.

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Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/18/supporter-of-iranian-dictatorship-brought-chuck-hagel-to-rutgers-university-for-2007-speech/#ixzz2RIYI1DMQ

Mandy Manners April 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

The AIC’s states that Thomas Pickering is on the board of directors. Pickering was on the State Departmetn’s panel that investigated the attack on our consulate in Benghazi.

gracepmc April 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

John Kerry is a morally bankrupt, self deluded man. Much like our Emperor with No Clothes.

CiscoKid April 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Not surprised.
He betrayed his oath as a Naval Officer and continues to betray his oath to the Constitution.

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