Saturday, May 17, 2008

Appeasement by any other name...

Would have the same stench.

The man on the right has questioned whether Jews are human beings and has called for Israel to be destroyed.

The man on the right denies that the Holocaust happened, and he participated in the Dhimmi Carter era hostage taking of American Embassy personnel in Tehran. See here and here.

The man on the right can no more disown this crime against the entire civilized world than he could disown his grandmother. Or his own Imam.

The man on the right heads a nation which is developing nuclear weapons in defiance of international sanctions. No sane person doubts they are to be pointed at Israel. No sane person thinks they wouldn't be pointed at us if an appropriate delivery system becomes available.

The man on the right heads a country which ships weapons into Iraq, and provides training in their use, for the purpose of killing American soldiers.

The man on the right has publicly described his visions of being surrounded by a mystic halo during a speech to the United Nations. In short, he is possessed of a fanatic religious certitude, immune to compromise. Or negotiation.

The man on the right is a person with whom Barack Obama has said he would negotiate unconditionally.

That is, Obama would negotiate without regard to Israel's existence, Iran's nuclear weapons program, killing Americans in Iraq or the morality of violating international law. Moreover, Obama suggests unconditional negotiations with a man subject to Islamic rapture of the 12th Imam.

The man on the right is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a state sponsor of terror. Would you even enter the same room with such a man without conditions?

The man on the left is an Iranian puppet, the current Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. His funding comes from Iran. His is just one terrorist organization funded by Iran, the “most active state sponsor of terrorism.

Here's some insight from the Council on Foreign Relations.
U.S. officials say Iran mostly backs Islamist groups, including the Lebanese Shiite militants of Hezbollah (which Iran helped found in the 1980s) and such Palestinian terrorist groups as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. A few months after Hamas won the Palestinian Authority (PA) elections in early 2006, Iran pledged $50 million to the near-bankrupt PA. The United States, among other nations, has cut off aid to the PA because of Hamas’ terrorist ties.

Iran is suspected of encouraging Hezbollah’s July 2006 attack on Israel to deflect international attention from its nuclear weapons program. Iran was also reportedly involved in a Hezbollah-linked January 2002 attempt to smuggle a boatload of arms to the PA. Some reports also suggest that Iran’s interference in Iraq has included funding, safe transit, and arms to insurgent leaders like Muqtada al-Sadr and his forces.

...What terrorist activities have been linked with Iran?

The U.S. government first listed Iran as a terrorist sponsor in 1984. Among its activities have been the following:

* Observers say Iran had prior knowledge of Hezbollah attacks, such as the 1988 kidnapping and murder of Colonel William Higgins, a U.S. Marine involved in a UN observer mission in Lebanon, and the 1992 and 1994 bombings of Jewish cultural institutions in Argentina.

* Iran still has a price on the head of the Indian-born British novelist Salman Rushdie for what Iranian leaders call blasphemous writings about Islam in his 1989 novel The Satanic Verses.

* U.S. officials say Iran supported the group behind the 1996 truck bombing of Khobar Towers, a U.S. military residence in Saudi Arabia, which killed nineteen U.S. servicemen.
If Barack Obama thinks unconditional negotiations with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are a good idea, I pity his daughters. He'll have even more difficulty with them, and they will be the worse because of it. Heaven help us if they acquire nukes.

In Obama's favor in this endeavor is the fact that he already has extensive experience with religious bigots, even if he has assiduously avoided negotiating with them.

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