Friday, June 12, 2015

Hindsight and the Present--Both 20/20

June 11, 2015

Unlike with certain prior world calamities, we will not have to wait for historians and scholars to explain how we missed the current threat to humanity--radical Islam. There are plenty of experts on the Middle East, politicians, journalists, bloggers, talk show hosts-the list goes on and on-who  see the obvious and warn each and every day of this clear and present danger. Yet we continue to proceed on our very ominous path.

The world today is faced with many related challenges that threaten its future. There is not one, but several severe threats posed by radical Islam. Chief among these are a nuclear-armed Iran and IS, each of which is striving to establish an Islamic caliphate. These threats are being allowed to metastasize by President Obama and his far-left, pro-Muslim policies. The international community also is suffering from liberal dementia. In short, political correctness has run amok globally. At the very time that the international community should have an intense urgency to combat radical Islam, it is instead obsessed with righting the many perceived wrongs of Israel. I am afraid that this unfortunate confluence of factors will have tragic consequences.

So with a June 30th deadline on reaching an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capabilities right around the corner, what is brewing with the negotiations? Why so quiet? Are we waiting for a big July 4th announcement? There is no bigger story in the world today (no, not even Bruce Jenner), yet the media coverage is shamefully non-existent. There are exceptions, such as when the leaders of Iran claim that the framework of the agreement is built on the lies of the United States or that Iran has no intention of complying with its terms. Of course, these statements from Iran come in between its chants of death to America and death to Israel. And even if the deal lives up to the best of expectations, Iran stands to legitimately obtain nuclear weapons over time and cash in on an estimated $150 billion. This windfall will allow Iran to really let loose with its global terrorism and aggression, its favorite pastimes. Iran has been the best in the world in these vile activities even with a poor economy. Just think of the pain, suffering and misery it will be capable of causing once the world begins funding its terrorism and belligerence. But aside from that, what's the problem?

Then there is IS. Obama just announced that he still has no strategy to combat that savage terrorist group. Actually, he also said that he is waiting for a strategy from the Pentagon. Military officials were reportedly outraged the last time Obama threw them under the bus with the same statement despite the fact that they had sent him more than one strategy for his consideration. Just the fact that he can tell the American people that he does not have a strategy at this point in time, regardless of the reason, is unjustifiable.

But what people fail to realize is that Obama has more pressing concerns for world order. Putting the imminent threat of global climate change aside, Obama has made his priority, more like his obsession, Israel and all of the harm it is causing the world. For Obama and many far-left liberals the world over, it is not Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and threatening to destroy civilization or IS beheading innocent civilians in the name of Islam that has to be stopped first and foremost. Rather, it is Israel trying to survive on a daily basis that tops the charts of egregious and immoral  behavior.

Obama has stated outright that he has to rethink his strategy with Israel based on the fact that Israel's Prime Minister voiced his concern and doubt over the likelihood of a two-state solution with the Palestinians in the near future given their lack of commitment to peace and the current turmoil in the Middle East. To Obama, it is irrelevant, despite his few empty words to the contrary, that forcing Israel into a two-state solution jeopardizes its existence. For him, developing a new harsher and one-sided strategy against Israel appears to take precedence over formulating a strategy to combat IS. Just because Obama says the Palestinians are a good peace partner does not make it so. The harsh reality, also ignored by Obama, is that even if Israel had a real partner for peace in the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, that government would be toppled in a flash as part of any "peace" deal. (That may happen at any time no matter what.)

Radical Islamic terrorist groups are multiplying at a rapid pace. One needs a scorecard just to keep track. Anyone who does not believe that the PA would be ousted need look no further than Gaza, where there are reports that IS is now in a struggle with the terrorist group Hamas. According to IS, Hamas is not violent and aggressive enough against Israel. Can you imagine?There should be no doubt that if Israel was to leave certain parts of Judea and Samaria, the void would be filled with radical Islamic terrorists, whether Palestinians or others. That poses an existential threat to Israel and puts at risk the lives of innocent Israelis. Yet Obama has the audacity to claim that Israel has a credibility problem in not wanting to achieve peace with the Palestinians. The lack of credibility is something that Obama should know all about, but instead of deceitfully discrediting Israel, he should look in the mirror and at the Palestinians. One has to wonder why Obama gives the Palestinians a free pass while leveling all of his criticism against Israel.

Obama and the international community have done nothing about the escalation of global Anti-Semitism. There has been a dramatic rise in reported abuse and intimidation, physical and verbal, by Muslims against Jews on college campuses across America. But there has not been any condemnation by Obama or his Administration on this. In Obama's constitution, Muslims are a protected class, Jews are not. The BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, built on propaganda and lies, is spreading at a fast pace globally. The growing worldwide hatred of Jews is being fanned by radical Islam and the political correctness and far-left policies of Obama and the international community. Puzzling too is that Christians in the international community are allowing their innocent brethren to be slaughtered by radical Islamists and direct their animosity against Jews and Israel. We are living in dangerous and disgraceful times.

Hindsight is 20/20, but on the threat posed by radical Islam, so is the present. In fact, I am not sure how much clearer it could be.

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