While in Washington D.C. recently Tracy and I took some time to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Having lived in Europe during the 1970s, I have vivid recollections of childhood visits to the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, and to the apartment in Amsterdam where Anne Frank wrote her diary in hiding.
So when the “leader” of Iran — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — declared again this week that Israel will “be soon swept away” by the Palestinians, you have to take it seriously:
“This terrorist and criminal state is backed by foreign powers, but this regime would soon be swept away by the Palestinians,” Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in Tehran.
Referring to worldwide celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Israel’s foundation, he said that “it would be futile to hold a birthday ceremony for something which is already dead.”
“As far as the regional countries are concerned, this regime does not exist,”
If we learned anything from the experience of World War II, it should be that you cannot and should not attempt to reason or bargain or negotiate with homicidal maniacs bent on genocide.
That’s why Barack Obama’s promise to sit down and try to reason with this madman is frighteningly and dangerously naive.
It would do Mr. Obama well to study Neville Chamberlain’s success “sitting down and discussing” with Adolph Hitler. Has he never studied history or does he simply believe that history will not repeat itself? We may sadly soon find out.
This is another example of the arrogance of Obama. He insults the intelligence of every American daily yet masks his behavior as intelligent forward thinking and a vehicle for change. Unidentified change.
His refusal to accept that there are realities he cannot change, despite the soaring rhetoric, is reason enough to fear the very thought of his hand in control of the destiny of the free world.