As the Iranian nuclear deal is adopted and now implemented, the lunacy of such a deal becomes more evident. It was disturbing enough that Iranian regulators were authorized to insure Iranian compliance. An American journalist is put on trial while he and three other Americans are held against their will. Now comes word that on Oct. 10 Iran deliberately test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The hate-filled rhetoric from Teheran should already have been a red flag.
Where is the outrage? Where are the marches and protests? Do our children’s lives matter any more?
One lonely voice of reason came from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who laid out the monumental stakes to a tone deaf U.N., a body predisposed to an anti-Western bent. Netanyahu is the steady and firm Winston Churchill of our age, when such voices of reason are in short supply.
On the other hand, the silence emanating from Washington should send chills down our backs. Echoing the ghost of Neville Chamberlain from World War II , our president has once again chosen to don the mask of Pacifier in Chief. Ignoring history, the President’s pacifism is a failed strategy that will inevitably lead to heartbreak and genocide. To ignore the blatant Iranian misconduct is a blunder of epic proportions.
Of course, the president turned a deaf ear to the desperate pleas of pro-democratic Iranian students a few years back. He continues to ignore the bloodshed from the Syrian Civil war that the New York Times has said claimed over 190,000 lives.
Yes, I wanted President Obama to succeed in foreign policy, in the sense that I wanted him to leave a safer and more secure world for my child. Yet in his fantasy world he embraces a perverted sense of success in which allies are treated as adversaries and adversaries are treated as allies. The president began his tenure with the motto “ hope and change.” Change certainly transpired on his watch but is there any hope left for the next generation as Isis stokes the evil of terrorism and the Middle East sits on a powder keg? Our only hope is if we wake up in time to avoid the sin of indifference.
Nathan M. Jolles