Criticism of Turkey’s government in United States media often begin with the words ‘Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government . . .’
So what are we to make of the report that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, speaking at a rally in support of Hillary Clinton’s nomination, threatened young American women with the fires of Hell if they failed to support that woman’s candidacy for President? Ms Albright’s actual words, apparently, were ‘Just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.’
Frankly, I don’t care personally who becomes President of the USA in November this year – although I wouldn’t be surprised if God decided to punish them for their Godless hypocrisy by giving them Mrs Clinton or Donald Trump.
What I find especially outrageous here, however, is a top-level Democrat invoking fundamentalist Christian theology for political purposes. Though I shouldn’t really be surprised. They all do it.
It is possible that some grass-roots AK Party supporters in Turkey have similar beliefs about what will happen to citizens who don’t support their hero Tayyip Erdoğan – but the difference is, you would never hear a cabinet minister or senior politician express such a view.
Still, Ms Albright possibly has better credentials than I do for knowing the mind of the Almighty. Her parents were originally Jews who fled Czechoslovakia in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, converting to Roman Catholicism in 1941, perhaps disappointed that Jehovah hadn’t provided better protection. Madeleine herself subsequently transferred her loyalties to the Episcopalian church (the US version of the Church of England), again, possibly because of Papal ambivalence to the plight of European Jews. I guess you have to admire her persistence in searching for spiritual truth – but her certainty about hellfire and damnation might suggest her real sympathies lie closer to the Southern Baptists.
Left-leaning Democrats may be a little uncomfortable with Ms Albright’s financial portfolio. Wikipedia reports that she ‘is a co-investor with Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild and George Soros, in a $350 million investment vehicle called Helios Towers Africa, which intends to buy or build thousands of mobile phone towers in Africa.’ They might also remember that she is on record as having expressed a total lack of sympathy for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children who died as a result of US bombing and economic sanctions.
So anyway, we shouldn’t be surprised by her support for Mrs Clinton, the only First Lady to have been subpoenaed to testify before a Federal Grand Jury, during an investigation into her and Bill’s shady financial dealings. As a Senator, Hillary also supported US military action in Afghanistan in 2001, and voted in favour of George Dubya’s Iraq invasion in 2002. Demonstrating her political versatility, and probably her true political colours, she also supported the $700 billion bailout of US banks after the 2008 financial crisis.
The investigation into Madame Hillary’s use of personal email accounts when conducting official business while serving as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State is continuing – and probably it will find there is no proof that the good lady had any bad intentions.
But God is watching you, Mrs Clinton – and I really think Jesus may leave you behind when He raptures the rest of us.