Just words… just speeches?
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, April 18, 2008 4:20 PM PT
Middle East: After saying he couldn’t criticize Carter’s pilgrimage to Hamas, Obama does just that, saying he’d negotiate only with those who renounce terrorism and recognize Israel. So why has Hamas endorsed him?
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Speaking to Jewish leaders in Pennsylvania last Wednesday, Obama said he had an “unshakable commitment” to protect Israel from its “bitter enemies.”
With Carter’s trip obviously on his mind, he said, “We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction.”
That seems to us a blanket condemnation of Carter’s current trip. And indeed, Obama noted, “I have a fundamental difference with President Carter and disagree with his decision to meet with Hamas.”
Yet while campaigning in Indianapolis recently, he said: “I’m not going to comment on former President Carter. He’s a private citizen. It’s not my place to discuss who he shouldn’t meet with.”
So which is it? Is Carter a former president who shouldn’t meet with a terrorist group bent on Israel’s destruction, or a private citizen who should be allowed to?
Obama, the man who once said words have consequences, seems to be parsing them in almost Clintonian fashion depending on the audience.
And isn’t Iran also bent on Israel’s destruction? Well, said Obama, “Hamas is not a state. Hamas is a terrorist organization.”
Oh. Apparently terrorists are bad, but state sponsors of terror are not so bad. You can’t talk to one, but you can talk with the other.
Iran is the founder, financier and arms supplier for the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Hezbollah also is dedicated to Israel’s destruction and recently fought a bitter war with Israel, raining Iranian-made missiles on Israeli cities and towns.
Would he meet with Hezbollah? No, you don’t talk to terrorists. But he says he’d meet with Iran, Hezbollah’s state sponsor.
If you’re confused, so are we.
Obama told the group the greatest threat to Israel comes from Iran. Yet Obama has objected to the designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, which it is. The Quds force has been arming insurgents and militias in Iraq, and Iranian bombs have been used to kill Americans and other coalition troops.
He reiterated his pledge, saying: “My approach to Iran will be based on aggressive personal diplomacy.” What does that mean? Should we expect to see Barack Obama and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad singing “Kumbaya” together on Dr. Phil?
“What it means,” Obama says, “is that we come to the table (with Iran) with a very clear set of objectives and a very clear set of demands — that Iran ceases from pursuing nuclear weapons, that it stops funding Hezbollah and Hamas, that it ends its noxious statements about Israel and the threats directed toward Israel.”
And what if Iran doesn’t respond to our “demands”?
Would President Obama seek yet another round of toothless U.N. sanctions? Or would he jet off to some Middle Eastern Munich? It doesn’t matter how softly you talk if the other side notices you have no stick.
Hamas may have noticed, for in an interview with World Net Daily and WABC-New York radio’s John Batchelor, Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, gave Barack Obama a swooning endorsement.
“We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the election,” Yousef said. “I do believe (Obama) is like John Kennedy, a great man with great principle. And he has a vision to change America, to (put) it in a position to lead the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance.”
Obama’s vision is to cut and run in Iraq and seek peace in our time by appeasing Iran, a state sponsor of terror, and terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Yousef may think Obama is another JFK, but what he wants is not a return to Camelot.
Obama may disagree with Carter on meeting Hamas, at least for now, but his foreign policy is no different from the man whose naive diplomacy gave us the world’s first Islamofascist state and Israel’s greatest threat, Iran, in the first place. Hamas knows it.