Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Politics Of Appeasement

President Bush gave a speech today at the Israeli Knesset today that rang some interesting bells here at home.

Aside from some rather well phrased tributes to Israel and to American-Israeli friendship ( which I hope he remembers as he contemplates pressing the Israelis for ridiculous concessions to their genocidal enemies 'for peace') President Bush had this to say:

This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is an ancient battle between good and evil. The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers. In truth, the men who carry out these savage acts serve no higher goal than their own desire for power. They accept no God before themselves. And they reserve a special hatred for the most ardent defenders of liberty, including Americans and Israelis.

And that is why the founding charter of Hamas calls for the "elimination" of Israel. And that is why the followers of Hezbollah chant "Death to Israel, Death to America!" That is why Osama bin Laden teaches that "the killing of Jews and Americans is one of the biggest duties." And that is why the President of Iran dreams of returning the Middle East to the Middle Ages and calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.

There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

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. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.

It was the last two paragraphs that made Senator Barack Hussein Obama, many of his fellow Democrats and their allies in the dinosaur media absolutely livid.

"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack," Obama said in a statement his aides distributed. "George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the president's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."

Ummmm...that would be the 'stalwart ally 'Barack Obama forgot to mention while filibustering in one of the Dem debates, until he was prompted by moderator Brian Williams, wouldn't it? The same ally his spiritual mentor referred to as 'a dirty word'?

Obama's fellow Donkeys weren't too far behind. Here's my favorite out of the ravening pack, by our Speaker of the House Nancy 'we've got our own foreign policy' Pelosi:"We have a protocol, sort of a custom, informally around here that we don't criticize the president when he is on foreign soil. One would think that that would apply to the president that he would not criticize Americans when he is on foreign soil."

Which of course is why she went to Syria with a delegation of her fellow Democrats tonegotiate with Basher Assad after President Bush specifically asked her not to! And I have a feeling that if I bothered to do the research, I could find plenty of instances where the President has gotten slammed while he was overseas. For instance...anyone remember the hateful rhetoric from some of these folks when the President made a surprise visit to Iraq to see the troops and landed on that aircraft carrier? I do.

But all partisan fencing aside,I would note two things.

First, President Bush's comments in his speech were spot on, and the pained reaction from Obama and friends shows, if nothing else,that it hit the mark accurately. For them to bray about 'false attacks' really only underlined Bush's point, although he, as usual, lacked the fortitude to own his remarks and had his spokesmouth Dana Perino deny that he meant anyone in particular.

Now, if I wanted to rip President Bush for what he had to say, I might argue that he was perhaps the wrong person to deliver that message.

He is, after all,the president who has allowed the Saudis to expand their export of wahabist jihad into America and who sent a US emissary to the racist and anti-Semitic Organization of the Islamic Conference "to listen and to learn from them" .He's spent millions on Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas, who not only has his own terrorist al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade on the payroll but has also given a fair amount of money to Hamas.And for all his welcome remarks about Iran, I'm afraid I have to whisper off to the side that he hasn't done a single thing to solve that particular problem since dubbing them part of the Axis of Evil back in - what, 2002 or so?

But of course,you won't hear anything remotely like that from Obama or the other Democrats,who will instead scream like outraged peahens about how Bush slandered them.

Which also proves, by the way,that the president was entirely correct in his remarks,even though he lacked the guts to say so.


Anonymous said...

Every day that Israel exists; it delays the coming of the Messiah by one day.

Michael M. said...

Good post.

(Found you via Blogrush by the way...)

Freedom Fighter said...

Hello Anonymous,
That is not the way I interpet scripture in the least. Re-read the relevent parts of Isaiah and the Prophets sometime.

Israel is a miracle that I can only ascribe to divine providence. And I'm not inclined to look askance at miracles that come from G-d.


Freedom Fighter said...

Hello Michael,
Welcome to Joshua's Army.

Glad you enjoyed the essay, and thanks for the kind words.

All Best,

USpace said...

The terrorist monkey can not be negotiated with. The only reason to maybe talk to Ahmadamadmonkey in say maybe Switzerland is to provoke him by debating his ideology and criticizing the hatred. Force him to say lots of stupid and insane things which would be widely publicized thus educating more people to his ideology's insanity. This, I am quite sure, Obama would never do.

Ouch, Obama and the poor little Dems were hit a little too close to home by what GW said. It's one of the best things Bush has ever said. Bravo! And he didn't even have to mention the Dhimmicrats or any body's name.

So sure, then he folded in Saudi Arabia, but what he said in Israel almost makes that OK.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
appease the appeasers

don't embarrass them
by calling them appeasers

absurd thought -
God of the Universe said
have a sit down with Hitler

he should have been sweet-talked
he had goodness within

Appeasement Talk Bothers Appeasers

Help Halt Terrorism Now!



B.Poster said...

This was a great speech. It was spot on!! In this spech, I'm reminded why so many Conservatives once supported this president. When talking about America's enemies, this man can deliver a great speech!! And that's the problem. Something happens betweent the time the speech is delivered and policies are put in place. This is why Bush lost my support and the support of many Conservatives. His policies ahve never matched his rhetoric.

Bush rightly condemns gutless appeasers yet he himself has been quite the appeaser. He has asked Israel to make ridiculous concessions. He has gone far enough to apply pressure to them to do so.

What happens between the time the speeches are delivered and the policies are implemented? I'm not sure. I think it is one of two possibilies. 1.) The President sincerly believes what his speech writers give him and he sincerely believes what he is speaking. In order to implement a policy that is consistent with the speeches would require the cooperation of the entire US governemnt. A policy to match his speeches has been impossible to implement and he has tried to adjust accordingly. 2.) The President does not believe a word he says in speeches like this. In other words, the speeches are simply designed to win the support of special interests groups and are bold faced lies that the President never intened to actually implement.

I think possibilty 1 is the most likely, however, possibility 2 is certainly very plausible. In any event, the Presient's words have not matched his policies. This is one of the many reasons he lost my support and the support of many Americans.