Just what we need another president who sympathizes and respects the enemy………
Challenged about past remarks on the need to “respect” and “empathize” with enemies, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Saturday night’s Democratic debate conceded it was “very difficult to put ourselves in others’ shoes” when those others were the likes of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
CBS News debate moderator John Dickerson had asked Clinton about comments in a Georgetown University speech “in which you said that it was important to show, quote, ‘respect even for one’s enemy. Trying to understand and – insofar as psychologically possible – empathize with their perspective and point of view.’”
“Can you explain what that means in the context of this kind of barbarism?” he asked, in reference to Friday’s deadly terror attacks in Paris.
“I think with this kind of barbarism and nihilism – it’s very hard to understand other than the lust for power, the rejection of modernity, the total disregard for human rights, freedom or any other value that we know and respect,” Clinton replied.
“Historically it is important to try to understand your adversary in order to figure out how they are thinking, what they will be doing, how they will react,” she continued.
“I plead that it’s very difficult when you deal with ISIS and organizations like that, whose– whose behavior is so barbaric and so vicious that it doesn’t seem to have any purpose other than lust for killing and power,” she said. “And that’s very difficult to put ourselves in others’ shoes.”
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Clinton’s remarks in the December 2014 Georgetown University speech cited by Dickerson were made in the context of negotiations with Islamist separatists in the southern Philippines.
Arguing for the value of women leading peace negotiations, Clinton cited an example of such a conflict-resolution effort. Efforts to end a long insurgency by Muslim separatists in the Philippines had proved fruitless until “two strong women” took over the negotiations, “made inclusivity their mantra,” and helped to broker a peace deal, she said.