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Monday, March 12, 2012

DON'T BELIEVE US ON ISRAEL

"Is that the Israel equivalent of 'some of my best friends are black'"?

I've noticed that some politicians still haven't worked out the internet quite yet, particularly Democrats. For decades, they knew they could rely on the press to cover for them and felt safe saying things in other nations which wouldn't get reported or analyzed in the US. That's simply not the case any longer.

Take this speech by Secretary of State Hillary "reset button" Clinton who spoke in Tunisia recently. Among her remarks were these statements, meant to calm and comfort the Muslim listeners. One man stood up and asked a loaded question, presuming the evil of Israelis, and Clinton answered:
...you will learn as your democracy develops that a lot of things are said in political campaigns that should not bear a lot of attention. There are comments made that certainly don’t reflect the United States, don’t reflect our foreign policy, don’t reflect who we are as a people.
So it seems like she's telling these folks that those Republican presidential candidates are saying a lot of stuff that Americans don't really believe in, right? The usual anti-GOP slander about being out of touch, radical and anti-Muslim. No, not really, because she continues, saying:
Secondly, I would say watch what President Obama says and does. He’s our President. He represents all of the United States, and he will be reelected President, so I think that that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values are and what our President believes. So I think it’s a fair question because I know that – I sometimes am a little surprised that people around the world pay more attention to what is said in our political campaigns than most Americans, say, are paying attention.
First off, she's insisting that when people run for office, they flat out lie. They say things they do not mean and absolutely tell outright, deliberate lies in order to gain power. Now, granted, she's a Clinton so her experience is probably a bit skewed, but she's teaching these folks that's how democracy works. Now, I'm pretty skeptical of Tunisia's democratic future, but setting that aside, this is how Ms Clinton wants them to understand democracy and elections.

But the problem is more significant than that. She's talking about President Obama, and giving us a "tell" for deciphering the president's Israel rhetoric. She isn't referring to Republican candidates, she specifically means President Obama's campaign rhetoric. She specifically refers to what he does versus what he says.

And she's doing so in the context of a question about pandering to the "zionist lobby" as the questioner put it. So what she's saying is specifically and exactly this: when you read about or hear President Obama saying something positive or support of Israel, don't believe him. He doesn't mean it. In fact, you shouldn't really trust anything he says while running for office, because he's just saying stuff to get elected.

Now, clearly there's a conflict here in her statements. She first says "America loves Islam, it isn't dominated by Jews, look at all the Mosques" then she implies strongly that candidates - Obama in particular - is saying things to appeal to Jews in order to get elected. Which suggests that America is dominated by Jews and he has to make them happy to win.

So we should take three things from this. First, the Obama administration believes that you run for office by lying and saying things you don't really mean. Second, all the supportive statements about Israel and against Iran recently are clearly parts of that lying strategy, and third, this is how Hillary Clinton, at least, thinks that democracy works: people lying to gain power.

Now, this approach to Muslims is common on the left, particularly in this administration. They are of the incredibly ignorant, foolish impression that Islam is only upset at the US and only wants to commit terrorist acts out of a sense of oppression and because we've been so mean to them in the past. That if only we stop, they'd stop being mean to us.

Which is so baldly ignorant it is sad someone at that level of power could be so deluded. They want us, and the rest of the world, to submit to Islam. That means ceding all power to Islam in both religious and temporal spheres, preferably becoming Muslim ourselves. It means total Muslim domination of the entire planet, permanently. Whether we fight back or not has nothing to do with that calculus, that's their goal and that's why they hate us: we're not Muslim.

It doesn't make a bit of difference if we show up with a hand of friendship or the fist of opposition. Their perspective and their goals are utterly unchanged. The only thing that changes is their perception of our strength and will. Instead of respect or concern, they see us with contempt.

So if you, for instance, release several known terrorists at the demand of the Taliban in an attempt to calm down irate Muslims in Afghanistan - as President Obama is doing - all you get is more chaos and murder because they know it works and you've rewarded their behavior. Its like giving a 2 year old what they want because they threw a tantrum. Yes, his tantrum that time will stop, but from now on he will believe that's how to get what he wants, and he'll use it more and more until he's stopped.

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