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Why didn't the U.S. show up for Paris march?

President Obama was the only major Western leader to skip the greatest anti-terror rally in history ("White House says it erred in not sending a higher-level official to Paris anti-terror march," Jan. 13).

Mr. Obama remains unusually deferential and accommodating to the Muslim community, despite the spike in threats from the Islamic State, al-Qaida and other Islamic terrorists.

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Granted, maybe the president was busy and had good reason to be excused. But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — who also refuses to say the U.S. is at war with radical Islam — was actually in Paris on Sunday yet avoided the rally. And where was Vice President Joe Biden?

France is our oldest ally. The Marquis de Lafayette enlisted in George Washington's army and France sided with the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. That debt was famously recognized when the U.S. entered World War I and Lt. Col. Charles Stanton, an aide to Gen. John J. Pershing, told the French: "Lafayette, we are here."

His line became instantly famous because it acknowledged our debt to France.

After Sunday's American no-show, the line will have to be amended. From here on, it's "Lafayette, we're too busy."

Benedict Frederick Jr., Pasadena

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