Friday, March 07, 2008

Comment: Obama's Scary Stand on Iran

..."Iran's loathsome Islamist ideology, horrific human rights record, and repeated threats to annihilate Israel--a regional neighbor, United Nations member, and democratic ally of the United States--are all cause for great concern.

The lesson of the Munich Agreement (or Munich Dictate) of 1938 is that attempts to appease a rising totalitarian power that is pursuing an imperialist foreign policy are bound to fail. Hitler had no intention of settling for German annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland. His aim was not to preserve but to overthrow the status quo--in world as well as continental contexts. In ceding Sudetenland to Hitler and Nazi Germany in order to avoid war, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain--an intelligent man committed to peace--ironically made war inevitable. (Chamberlain was also responsible for Britain's infamous White Paper of 1939, which, in an attempt to appease pro-Nazi Arab leaders on the eve of the Holocaust, severely restricted Jewish immigration into British-controlled Palestine. The White Paper was a betrayal of Britain's Balfour Declaration of 1917 supporting the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in its historic and religious homeland, Palestine, which included a promise to facilitate Jewish immigration.)One hopes that Senator Obama--the candidate most associated with hope and change--if he succeeds in his historic bid for the Presidency, will not repeat the mistakes of the past. Iran's Hitler-admiring, Holocaust-denying president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has no intention of settling for increased Iranian influence in Iraq or Palestine. The Iranian leader aims for nothing less than Iranian dominance of the Middle East and its strategic oil wealth, and the permanent expulsion of the US from the region. Long term, Ahmadinejad envisions "a world without America" in which radical Islam, led by Shiite Iran, will be the dominant force.

His foreign policy aims to overthrow the status quo--regionally and globally.

It is dangerously naive to think otherwise."

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