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Monday, August 07, 2006

If You Think Iran Is Tough Now, Just Wait....

Frontpage Magazine carried an essay by Matthias Dopfner entitled: Europe -- Thy Name Is Cowardice that stated unabashed admiration for presidents Reagan and Bush for facing up to the tyrrany that Europe did not have the bravery to confront. He writes:

Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians. Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore 300,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, to issue bad grades to George Bush. A particularly grotesque form of appeasement is reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere by suggesting that we should really have a Muslim holiday in Germany.

It is easy to point fingers when you have no skin in the game.

Skip March writes the following:

Criticism of the Bush Administration's Middle East policy from the Left (aka Democratic Party), is that we have lost our moral authority in the Middle East, or the world for that matter, and therefore cannot bring warring parties together. Moral authority presumes that one is willing to, and actively does take a moral stand. This President has, more than any other President, taken that moral stand against terrorism and in support of Israel. not just words, but action. Further, he has been very willing to work with Arab governments that see continued proliferation of terrorism in the Middle East as destructive to their own countries. This realization by these countries is more a fear of Iranian hegemony than it is a moral issue, but it does not diminish this president's moral position.

Democrats, on the other hand, view moral authority through appeasement of terrorist states and their proxies, if not making some sort of deal with the devil. They keep talking about moral authority, but can't stake out a position that is morally defensible. This talk flies in the face of everything we should have learned during the past 2 decades, at the least.

Further, the surprising strength of Hezbollah is a direct result of the failed policies of appeasement and hollow cease fires. And once again tells us that intelligence gathering is not perfect and we should not wait for some mathematical probability of assurance or accuracy. It also tells us how necessary pre-emptive action on Iraq has been, despite how difficult it may be. Frankly, it is no where near as difficult as what Israel has to experience. So, if you think Iraq is difficult now, imagine how it would be if in full control of WMD's. If you think Hezbollah and Hamas are tough imagine how tough they would be with WMD's. If you think Iran and Syria are tough now, just wait..........

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