On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Obama unveiled an "Atrocities Prevention Board to, in his own words, "prevent and respond to mass atrocities. The "Atrocities Prevention Board is notable mainly for what it is not and his speech was notable for the topic that it avoided. Genocide.
While Obama mentioned atrocities twelve times in his speech, he only mentioned genocide three times and one of those times he was quoting from the mission statement of the Holocaust Museum. The list of examples from his own policies contained only one example of genocide, the mass murder program carried out by the Sudanese government.
Tellingly Obama described this actual genocide as a conflict rather than an atrocity and urged both sides to negotiate, a sharp contrast with his next three examples, in Cote DIvorie, in Libya and in Uganda, where he clearly placed the blame on three leaders and described military and pseudo-military actions that he had taken to end the violence.
President Omar al-Bashir, whom he urged in his speech to have the "courage to negotiate and make peace, is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. There is no comparison between the actions of Gaddafi or Gbago and those of Bashir. Yet Obama ignored actual genocide, and defiled the Holocaust Memorial Museum by using it as a stage for whitewashing one of the worlds worst ruling mass murderers.
Obama was equally unwilling to call out Irans mass murdering thugs, Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, by name. He briefly mentioned that his administration would continue to apply diplomatic pressure on Iran to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but refused to make the connection to the events of the day.
"The uniform shout of the Iranian nation is forever Death to Israel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said that, "The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor on this region that should be cut off. And it definitely will be cut off.
Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, the personal representative of the Supreme Leader, appeared on Hezbollahs Al-Manar television to boast that, "We have manufactured missiles that allow us, when necessary, to replace (sic) Israel in its entirety with a big holocaust. (...)