It may seem unfair or even ghoulish to compare two recent tragedies – the mass killing in Lewiston, Maine and the hostage-taking of Americans by Hamas, the Iranian-backed terrorists based in the Gaza Strip, but it is necessary to demonstrate how we are being
manipulated by the media, Joe Biden, and his Far Left, pro-terrorist allies.
Within hours of the killings in Maine the number of victims and their names were released, and the public grieving (and politicization) began.
In the case of the American hostages taken by the Muslim terrorists of Hamas we still don’t have a firm number, or even an official guesstimate, and none of the names of the presumed hostages have been released by the U.S. government.
You can read one unofficial list complied by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz through this link.
Two American hostages, mother and daughter Judith and Natalie Raanan, were released last week, but otherwise there has been no official accounting for the Americans by the United States or by intermediaries with the Hamas terrorists, such as the government of Qatar.
Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has said that the United States does not know the “pinpoint” location or even the exact number of American hostages being held by Hamas after the terrorist group’s October 7 attack on Israel.
During Sullivan’s appearance on State of the Union, host Jake Tapper pressed the national security advisor on what the White House is doing to ensure Americans held captive are returned home safely, reported Peter Wade of Rolling Stone.
“Is rescuing the hostages a priority at all?” Tapper asked Sullivan. “I mean, Israeli news media like Haaretz, they say it doesn’t seem like it at all. Frankly, Jake, if my kids were being held hostage in Gaza — and as you know, there are Americans being held hostage in Gaza right now — I’d want you to send in the Navy SEALs. What’s the conversation like in the White House about the U.S. conducting any sort of operations in order to save Americans being held hostage in Gaza?”
Sullivan added, “We do not at this point have pinpoint location information for where the American hostages are, so we have to continue to refine our understanding of where they are and even, Jake, who they are because we know there are 15 unaccounted for Americans, but we cannot confirm the precise number of American hostages being held by Hamas at this time. All we can do is continue to work closely with the Israeli government on hostage recovery options, which we are doing, and then work through third countries to see if there are avenues for release. Those efforts are underway. Our hope is that they can produce results. We will continue to stay focused on this. It’s as high a priority as the president has.”
When Tapper asked whether the U.S. would “entertain” the idea of a prisoner swap, Sullivan said the government has not heard that option from Hamas. “We have not looked at that. We have not heard from them something like that,” Sullivan said. “That’s not something that is currently under active discussion. It has not been proposed. What we are focused on instead, as I said before, are pursuing avenues with third countries for release. I’m not going to get into the details of what that might look like, again, to protect those channels, in hopes that they can bear some fruit.” But, Sullivan added, Biden has shown in recent years that he is willing to “make hard decisions to get American hostages home,” reported Mr. Wade.
If by “make hard decisions to get American hostages home” Sullivan is referring to the now aborted ransom of $6 billion for five Americans held by Iran then getting the unknown number of Americans held by Hamas terrorists out of Gaza is going to be an expensive proposition.
A ransom deal, such as the one Biden struck with Hamas’s patron Iran, would be a terrible precedent, but to the frightened families of the hostages it would, no doubt, be worth every penny.
Our take on the strange silence of the media, Democrat elected officials, and their American Muslim allies, is that they want to keep the fate of the hostages off the front page and out of the lead segment of news broadcasts to make sure Joe Biden doesn’t suffer in 2024 the same political consequences for his ineptitude that befell Jimmy Carter in 1980, when the Iran hostage crisis cast a long shadow over his campaign for reelection.
You can write President Joe Biden at the White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500, or call the White House at (202) 202-456-1414, or you can email Joe Biden at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ call or email today and tell Joe Biden you want the American hostages held by Hamas terrorist home, and you want regular updates on who they are and their fate.
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