WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015 — The term “democratic left” is a fiction. One need only observe the furious left now bearing its totalitarian fangs in the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party’s stunning electoral victory.
Netanyahu’s triumph, said the Washington Post’s Steven Mufson, “keeps in place an Israeli prime minister who has declared his intention to resist Obama on both of these fronts [a U. S. -Iran nuclear accommodation and Obama’s demand that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders], guaranteeing two more years of difficult diplomacy between leaders who barely conceal their personal distaste for each other.”
Does this democratically elected leader of Israel think he can “resist Obama”? Just because clueless Americans are willing victims to the whims of Obama and his obsequious political personality cult does not mean the victims of Hitler – and his personality cult – should not learn from the past.
A month before Israelis went to the polls, the Obama administration quietly removed Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah from the U.S. government’s terrorist list. It was viewed as a goodwill gesture to America’s new Middle East ally in the fight against ISIS.
And Obama’s pivot to Iran has started something of a cottage industry in the West: apologias for Islamic anti-Semitism. Recently, the BBC noted that Iranians “are the least anti-Semitic people in the Middle East and North Africa.” Only 56 percent of Iran’s population agrees with former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Jewish state should be “wiped off the map.”
While we’re on the subject of anti-Semitism, European governments went ballistic when 47 Republican, pro-Israel senators issued an open letter to Iran regarding Obama’s secret nuclear talks.
“This is not just an issue of American domestic politics,” said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Agence France-Presse. “Obviously, mistrust is growing on… the Iranian side.”
The Associated Press said a senior French diplomat was angry that Republican senators “made it hard on Obama’s negotiators, who have been leading the talks with Iran on behalf of the rest of the group.” And someone in Britain’s Foreign Office begged certain “interested parties not to interfere in the negotiations as numerous and complex issues remain unresolved.”
The Republican senators in question don’t represent the interests of Iran, Obama or the feckless diplomats of the international community. They serve at the pleasure of the sovereign people of the United States. And they intend to fulfil their sworn oath to “protect and defend the Constitution” by subjecting Obama’s nuclear treaty with Iran to the “advice and consent” of the United States Senate.
When Obama and his party suffered a humiliating defeat last November, the president said, “To everyone that voted, I want you to know that I heard you. To the two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process… I hear you, too.”
That was the philosophical slight of hand that 18th century French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau called the “general will.” That notion, as Bertrand Russell famously said, “made possible the mystic identification of a leader with its people, which has no need of confirmation by so mundane an apparatus as the ballot box.”
Rousseau’s general will played out nicely in the bloody French Revolution, with the Reign of Terror’s 25,000 summary executions, culminating in the authoritarian rule of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Obama can ignore the will of Israel’s people in the same way he ignores that of the American people, because he has a mystic identification with the global majority of the left’s fevered imagination.
The mystic majority that sees Iran as a trusted ally. An ally which just happens to love the idea of wiping Israel and the “Great Satan” off the map.