Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was not satisfied with what he perceived to be a lack of outrage on the part of Barack Obama over the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill this week. While in Mexico, Erdogan expressed disgust over Obama’s failure to adequately address the issue as an anti-Muslim hate crime. Indications are that if this was a hate crime, it was committed by an angry liberal atheist against three members of a racist, anti-semitic Muslim Brotherhood front group.
Nonetheless, it didn’t take long for Obama to jump, after Erdogan told him how high he wanted him to.
First, Erdogan’s comments on Thursday:
Speaking alongside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the silence of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry was “telling.”
“If you stay silent when faced with an incident like this and don’t make a statement, the world will stay silent toward you,” Erdogan said, condemning Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, who was arrested for the crimes. “I ask Mr. Obama, where are you, Mr. President?
Hicks has been charged with the murder of Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University. Local police say the shooting was a result of a parking dispute. The FBI is looking into whether Hicks killed them because they were Muslims (the women wore headscarves), which is a hate crime. Hicks, who turned himself in, is a self-proclaimed atheist who expressed anti-religious views on his Facebook page.
By Friday, Obama was acquiescing to Erdogan’s demands:
“No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” Obama said. He referred to the “overwhelming presence at the funeral” that reminded him, even as critics called on him to condemn the attacks as representative of anti-Muslim bigotry, that “we are all an American family.”
Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old Chapel Hill resident, allegedly shot and killed Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his new wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and his wife’s sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, Tuesday night. He turned himself in to local police and has since been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
Aside from the fact that all of the individuals involved were American citizens, the evidence to this point indicates that the murders had nothing to do with anti-Muslim bigotry. Instead, they had to do with the shooter’s obsession with being able to park where he wanted.
At this point, the profile of the shooter is one of a maniacal, pro-gay marriage, left-wing atheist who was under the delusion that he had his own parking space at his apartment complex when he did not.
The profiles of the three Muslim students is that all three belonged to the North Carolina State University’s chapter of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), which is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, as Shoebat.com reported.
The larger issue here, however, is that Obama appears to be granting Erdogan access to his teleprompter.