Administration must act

Bravo to House Speaker John Boehner for taking the initiative and properly extending a long-overdue invitation to America’s longtime friend and ally Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, to address a joint session of Congress.

 

Unlike much of our current administration, which seems oblivious to the nuclear threat from Iran, Netanyahu presents a compelling case to embrace appropriate sanctions as a viable deterrent against Iran.

This is a world fraught with danger. France and Europe have seen the evil of anti-Semitism raise its ugly head. ISIS has continued its primitive and barbaric beheadings. A pro-American government in Yemen has fallen to the Iranian-backed Shiite militants and al-Qaida. It seems that many of our national leaders have lost their moral compass. Our president can budget time to meet with YouTube stars, but sadly cannot squeeze in a few minutes to hear the legitimate concerns of Israel’s representative.

A nonchalant attitude toward Iran by our leaders merely is the latest episode in a troubling series of foreign-policy blunders. Regardless of one’s political leanings or philosophy, how does one make any sense of this administration’s failure to respond in a timely manner to the attack on our country’s embassy in Benghazi, Libya; the Syrian civil war; and the student protests in Iran?

While I not only tolerate but appreciate and respect opposing views, I cannot accept political leadership that habitually falls prey to the sin of indifference. On the recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, it seemed as if history was repeating itself when the world stands by while a Jewish museum is attacked in Belgium; a kosher grocery store in Paris is the scene of carnage; and other hateful anti-Semitic acts take place. We must call upon this administration to act, and act responsibly.

Regrettably, Washington has abdicated its responsibility to defend our safety and uphold our values of social justice. I cannot peer into someone’s heart, but I can judge our current administration by its actions of appeasement that jeopardize my child’s future.

Holocaust survivor and philosopher Viktor Frankl once wisely suggested that America build a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast to complement the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast. Without responsibility, neither liberty nor responsibility can exist. The only modification to Frankl’s proposal that I would offer is that any Statue of Responsibility be erected in the Potomac River as a vivid reminder to Washington officials to take seriously their oaths to the Constitution.

Sadly, our nation’s future is bleak unless we implore our leaders to honor our cherished values by accepting the responsibilities entrusted to them.

Nathan M. Jolles

Augusta

 

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