President Obama named Rashad Hussain as his personal envoy to the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The group meets regularly and issues communiqués. It seems never to have placed the issue of human rights or religious persecution on its agenda.
Why isn’t Mr. Obama’s envoy pressing the OIC on persecution of Christians? If the President of the United States cares about Christian persecution—as he eloquently stated here in Washington—then it should be a simple matter for him to instruct his own ambassador to raise the issue with the fifty-seven member nations where most of this murderous persecution is happening.
Or, is this public hand-wringing over murdered Christians merely a polite posture? This administration gave billions to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood regime of Mohamed Morsi—even after Morsi announced his top priority when he visited the White House would be to press for the release of the blind Egyptian Sheik—Omar Abdel Rahman. This Muslim cleric guided the assassins of Egypt’s pro-Western President Anwar Sadat and conspired with the terrorists who staged the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey was the federal judge who sentenced the Blind Sheik to a long prison term. Mukasey has warned against even considering release of Mohamed Morsi’s friend.
Happily, Morsi was ousted by Egypt’s military after a year of misrule and trampling the constitution he had a hand in drafting. Massive popular demonstrations throughout Egypt prompted the army to move against Morsi. Egypt’s Coptic Christians—who had been brutally suppressed by the Morsi regime—publicly welcomed the military’s action.
Not the Obama administration. They cut off all aid to Egypt’s military—pushing them straight into Russia’s welcoming arms.
Wherever we look in the Mideast, the standing of the United States is lower now than it was when Mr. Obama took office. Whether we look to Israel, our only reliable ally in the region, or to Turkey or Egypt, once aligned with the U.S., our relations everywhere are in tatters. And the Christians are suffering most of all.
And the Christians are suffering more than anyone. The Arab Spring has been followed by a bitter Islamist Winter.