Daily Archives: January 11, 2015
Everybody who was anybody was there in Paris today for a unity march against terrorism but our government was unrepresented,
More than a million people flooded Paris in an unprecedented rally against terrorism, led by dozens of world leaders walking arm in arm amid cries of “Freedom” and “Charlie” — including the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president in an historic display of unity — but no major US officials.
World leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, joined the march.
US Attorney General Eric Holder, already in Paris for anti-terrorism talks, was supposed to attend but was a no-show at the massive unity rally, which honored the 17 men and women killed there last week by terrorist gunmen, officials said.
Nothing goes unchoreographed by this, or any presidential administration, so Holder’s absence must have been a deliberate act of symbolism, sending a message of some sort. But what’s the message, and to whom was it directed?
We’re living in dangerous times.