GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, March 7, 2014 — In his fascinating book, “I Wear the Black Hat”, Chuck Klosterman defines a villain as the person that, “in any situation, knows the most but cares the least.” Doing the least is tantamount to caring the least, so one who knows the most but takes no action would be a villain, as well.
In their interactions with the radical Islamic regimes of the Middle East, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, men with access to more information on the subject than nearly anyone else in the world, are doing the least.
No one could honestly believe that Obama and Kerry’s’ pathetic love-affair with toothless diplomacy will influence the fate of the region positively in any way.
They are wrong when they insist that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is Israel’s last great chance at peace, and that Israel must be forced to enter an agreement with him at all costs. They are equally incorrect in the assessment that the West should experiment with diplomacy to deal with the nuclear-weapons-seeking, Ayatollah-run establishment in Teheran.
If America’s utopian foreign policy could be proven foolish by an early-morning raid by the Israeli Defense Force — a story that no American news outlet will even bother covering — then it had very feeble legs to stand on to begin with.
Early Wednesday morning, the Israeli navy intercepted a ship in the Red Sea that was bound for the Gaza Strip. The captured vessel was found to be carrying an Iranian weapons shipment on its way to the Strip. According to the IDF, following an initial sweep of the ship, a soldier discovered several dozen advanced Syrian M-302 missiles, with a range of up to 125 miles and a payload of up to 375 pounds. The missiles were hidden in shipping containers also carrying sacks of concrete. The ship had reportedly set sail from Iran 10 days before.
Instead of acting like the superpower they think they are, admitting that they have been wrong in their approach to Iran, and taking measures to reverse course before it’s too late, the Obama Administration’s limitless arrogance and ideological zealotry once again got in the way of rational policy.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday that talks were still “appropriate” to try to reach a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program.
Assessing this seemingly run-of-the-mill raid by the IDF with Occam’s razor shouldn’t have proven too difficult to the great and mighty Obama crew, but saving face is clearly a higher priority than global security for them.
If Iran is shipping weapons to Hamas in the Gaza Strip to be used to kill Israelis, then Hassan Rouhani and his government are clearly not interested in peace with the Jewish State. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it, “as it conducts talks with [world] powers, as Iran smiles and utters pleasantries, the same Iran is sending lethal weapons to terror organizations … via an intricate network of clandestine global operations … in order to hurt innocent civilians.”
“This is the real Iran and this country must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons,” he said. This is hardly a disproportionate response to the Israeli Navy’s discovery.
Earlier in the week, Kerry said in his speech to the 2014 AIPAC conference that America’s current easing of sanctions to allow diplomacy to prevail was, “not a process that is about trusting Tehran. This is about testing Iran.”
A test is administered when an unknown exists. What exactly is unknown about Iran and their intentions at this point?
The IDF raid in the Red Sea does not only invalidate all of Obama and Kerry’s policies regarding Iran; it contradicts their warped outlook on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well.
In Obama’s sadly expected hit-job on Netanyahu while the PM was airborne, en route to the White House, his interviewer, Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg noted that,
Obama made it clear that he views Abbas as the most politically moderate leader the Palestinians may ever have. It seemed obvious to me that the president believes that the next move is Netanyahu’s.
“I believe that President Abbas is sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist, to recognize Israel’s legitimate security needs, to shun violence, to resolve these issues in a diplomatic fashion that meets the concerns of the people of Israel. And I think that this is a rare quality not just within the Palestinian territories, but in the Middle East generally … In that kind of environment, where you’ve got a partner on the other side who is prepared to negotiate seriously, who does not engage in some of the wild rhetoric that so often you see in the Arab world when it comes to Israel, who has shown himself committed to maintaining order within the West Bank and the Palestinian Authority and to cooperate with Israelis around their security concerns — for us to not seize this moment I think would be a great mistake.”
If Abbas were honestly sincere about making peace, he would not be allowing long-distance missiles to fall into the hands of the extremist Hamas regime.
If Abbas had no idea that the missiles were making their way to Gaza, or if he could not have kept them from reaching Hamas or convinced Hamas to stand down once they had the missiles, then of what possible value is a peace treaty signed by the P.A. president?
Even if they had previously deluded themselves into believing that Abbas was a last great hope for peace, Obama and Kerry now know, via this early-morning raid, that this can no longer be a logical assumption. Abbas is either complicit in the attempts to eradicate Israel, or he is an ineffective means to preventing such attempts.
Barack Obama and John Kerry are certainly among those who know the most about the current situation in the Middle East. If they continue to do nothing, or worse, willingly or unwillingly help strengthen radical Islam, then they are villains plain and simple and should be labeled as such for posterity.