Presidents Day Weekend a Deadly One Overseas

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far,” Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Henry Sprague on January 26, 1900, while serving as New York’s governor.

More than 115-years later, a video shows the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages by ISIS/ISIL in Libya. The 21 men, all in orange jumpsuits, were marched along a beach in Tripoli, before their murders.

Interesting that ISIS/ISIL should select Tripoli, where the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army stormed the fortress of Derne, defeating the Eyalet of Tripolitania during the First Barbary War in 1805. Some sources say this is a direct challenge to the U.S. military’s superiority.

And while the Egypt’s Air Force hit back at ISIS/ISIL inside Libya with airstrikes for the beheadings, the U.S. State Department issued a statement condemning the killings, but did not name the religions of the victims or of the perpetrators.

“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens.”

Also released during the same time period is a video of children dressed in orange jumpsuits, locked in a cage in what can only be called a recreation of the ISIS/ISIL video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive.   While it’s still unconfirmed, some believe this event was just a stunt calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged atrocities to be likened to those of the jihadists.

In yet another video released by ISIS/ISIL, orange-clad Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are paraded through the streets of the Hawija district of Kirkuk, Iraq, filled with cheering radical Islamists.  They are locked in, and shackled to large iron cages, also reminiscent of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive.

Whether they’ve been murdered is still unknown.

Meanwhile, Danish police shot and killed Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein after he carried out two shooting attacks.  One at a free speech event and then at a Copenhagen synagogue, killing two men, including a member of Denmark’s Jewish community and wounding five police officers.

Danish police have since arrested two people on suspicion of aiding El-Hussein in the attacks, ending the speculation he was simply a ‘lone actor.’

Finally, President Obama spent much Presidents Day golfing at Porcupine Creek in Rancho Mirage, California, before returning to Washington D.C. The White House says Obama’s golfing group includes three childhood friends from Hawaii.

Obama’s idea of a ‘big stick’ is a golf club.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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