In my last post, I mentioned that WorldNetdaily’s Joseph Farah was among the right-wing hosts of the upcoming “How To Take Back America Conference” featuring Mike Huckabee, which makes this Farah column from over the weekend in which he accuses President Obama of wanting to “finish” the Holocaust all the more relevant.
Normally, when some right-winger takes one line out of the president’s speech and then uses that to write an absurd column claiming he is advocating something he would obviously never support, the simplest thing to do is explain the context in what that statement appeared.
Unfortunately, that can’t be done with Farah’s column because he openly admits that he is taking the line ouf of context:
There was a line in that address that deserves some special attention. I haven’t seen anyone else point it out yet. To understand its impropriety you have to remember where it was delivered. And you have to appreciate that this was a prepared speech. Presidential speeches, especially those delivered on foreign soil, are scrupulously vetted, revised, rewritten, edited and carefully scripted for the Teleprompter in Chief. At least I assumed they were.
The speech was delivered at Buchenwald, one of the most notorious concentration camps operated by Nazis, a place where some 56,000 people, mostly Jews, were murdered in what Adolf Hitler hoped would be the “final solution” to the “Jewish problem.”
This is the shockingly unbelievable line that struck my attention – one that was in such poor taste that it couldn’t possibly have survived scrutiny by competent speechwriters and editors unless there was some intention behind it: “We are here today because we know this work is not yet finished.”
Now, don’t tell me I am taking this line out of context. I know I am. I understand the context – that the fight continues against those who deny the Holocaust.
Farah then goes on to explain that you can’t just rely on the context in which Obama delivered this line because you have to understand the “real” context, meaning that Obama supports Iran’s right to obtain nuclear weapons in order to wipe Israel off the map and he does so because he is secretly a Muslim who speaks in “code” to the rest of the Muslim world and is actively seeking to give aid and comfort to Israel’s enemies.
Thus, in that context, it becomes pretty clear that Obama was not talking about fighting Holocaust-denial, but was rather a secretly advocating the destruction of the Jews:
So, I ask you, am I really taking Obama’s words at Buchenwald out of context? Or am I the only one seeing them in context?