Friday, May 16, 2008

Media in Frenzy over Bush Remarks

Media talking heads have taken great offense to statements made by President Bush in his speech to the Israeli Knesset yesterday. Concerned that Bush’s remarks are a direct condemnation of their candidate, the MSM once again rallied to Obama’s aid calling this a “two-pronged Republican attack”, noting that John McCain agreed with the President’s statements. In his speech the President stated that;

“Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.”

Obama supporters claim this is criticism aimed at the possible Democratic nominee because of his stated willingness to negotiate directly with Iran, a country that is a proven sponsor of terrorism. Bush alluded to attempts directly preceding hostilities in 1939 Europe to placate a militaristic Germany and avoid conflict;

“We've heard this foolish delusion before. We have an obligation to call this what it is, the false comfort of appeasement”.

Neville Chamberlin declared “peace in our time” after returning from his mission to appease Hitler in 1939. Six years later their cities in ruin, millions had perished violently on the European continent.

Bush’s remarks may also be directed at Jimmy Carter, who last month foolishly sat down with the terrorist leader of Hamas, a blood thirsty organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Carter’s trip merely provided Hamas a new degree of credibility in the Arab world… terrorists [and some liberals] appear to be the only people who truly believe Carter has any credibility left at this point.

Is Obama considering appeasement, or is he just willing to use dialogue to establish open lines between the US and Iran to avoid conflict? He obviously sees dialogue as a tool to establish better relations, but is that how Iran sees it? Probably not. Obama has to avoid the mistake of mirror-imaging when dealing with Iran. The Iranians do not share our belief system, morals, or the same opinion on the use of dialogue as most western nations. Iran is certainly not bringing the same attitudes or goals to a discussion with an American President. To Iran, the mere fact that a US President requests a face-to-face meeting is a sign of weakness on our part, a propaganda coup. In their minds, they have gained the upper hand at that point.

Obama is tragically mistaken if he thinks his silver tongued eloquence will make the Iranian leadership swoon like our gullible media. The Iranian president has repeatedly called for the destruction of the United States and Israel,and Iran is rapidly moving toward the development of nuclear weapons.Mere words are unlikely to change that situation. Israel has made clear that a nuclear Iran will not be tolerated…and that is not Obama-style rhetoric.The Israelis know too well the horrific cost of "false comfort". Appeasement is not an option when your homeland is within missile range of a nuclear armed nation calling for your destruction.

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