When I saw that politics was one of the potential choices for our blog-search, I was immediately moved to browse reactions to the recent tragedy in Libya. For those unaware of recent events, following the airing of a scene from an offensive anti-Muslim film in Cairo, unrest erupted in the Middle East, culminating in the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Libya and the deaths of four American diplomats, including American Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. These tragic events were followed by statements from both President Obama, and Governor Romney. Romney lambasted the President for supposedly sympathizing with the attackers- an unfortunate stance, seeing as how it just wasn’t true. Prior to the attack, the U.S. Embassy released a statement condemning the anti-Muslim film. Prior to the attacks. In the wake of the killings, the embassy and the President condemned the attackers in the harshest possible terms.
The blog post that I found provides a timeline more accurate than what I have written above, and then follows with a scathing critique of Romney’s actions. However, my interest in the blog was not motivated by the criticisms against Romney, nor do I wish to get into a political debate on our class blog. Rather, the part of this author’s blog post that I found most compelling was at the end, where he suggested a different way that Romney could have handled the situation. The author states that, rather than condemning the President, Romney could have stood by Obama, casting aside politics in the face of such tragedy. Romney is not alone in such combative behavior- Obama took the opportunity to criticize his opponents actions, rather than focusing on the terrible incident that had occurred.
I think that it is a terrible commentary on our society, that something awful occurs, our politicians first instinct is to criticize the way that their opponent responds, rather than focusing on the event itself. Their petty bickering takes attention away from the real tragedy. We discussed ethics and morals in class, questions of right and wrong. I wonder if today’s politicians ever consider the moral path to take in situations such as these. My guess would be no.