When it’s better you say nothing at all

President Biden read a perfunctory statement yesterday addressing “recent events on college campuses.” That’s how the statement referred to the calls for intifada revolution and the occupation of university quads by mobs supporting Hamas. The brief statement ran to fewer than 500 words. It would have been better if it had been zero.

This is how it began, according to the White House transcript:

Before I head to North Carolina, I wanted to speak a few moments about what’s going on on our college campuses here.

We’ve all seen the images. And they put to the test two fundamental American principles.

Excuse me. (Coughs.)

After juxtaposing free speech with the rule of law for a few paragraphs, Biden called for for clarity. He pronounced: “Destroying property is not a peaceful protest. It’s against the law.”

I think of Keith Whitley’s song “When You Say Nothing At All.” Biden shows “When It’s Better You Say Nothing At All.” It’s when you have this to say about the eruption of anti-Semitism and support for Hamas in Democratic strongholds:

There should be no place on any campus, no place in America for antisemitism or threats of violence against Jewish students. There is no place for hate speech or violence of any kind, whether it’s antisemitism, Islamophobia, or discrimination against Arab Americans or Palestinian Americans.

Zooming in on Columbia University and other elite campuses, we have been given an exhibition of hatred of Jews accompanying support for the Islamic terrorists out to murder them. Yet Biden can’t bring himself to say it.

Biden accordingly smothers the thought in blather about “Islamophobia,” an invention which is itself a tool of terrorists. See, for example, Pascal Bruckner’s 2017 City Journal column “There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia” and his 2018 book An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt. Or see Michael Ledeen’s brief summary in the FDD column “Islamophobia.”

Why can’t Biden bring himself to call out the phenomenon that prompted his vacuous remarks yesterday? I know why. You know why. Everyone knows why. Dare I say it? Even Biden knows why.

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