… [I]n the terror war, individual engagements directly affect only a relative few. For the rest, the threat to their survival as a whole is an abstraction. With the right kind of leadership, it can become a moral and emotional reality. But that requires an intelligent, capable and sustained articulation of the strategic vision that clarifies for the "inner eye" both the physical and moral reality of the threat.
With respect to the terror war Islamic forces have been waging against the United States, G. W. Bush proved incompetent at articulating this strategic vision, but at least he tried. Because his agenda and worldview are so consistent with those of the forces brought against us, Obama has never made any attempt to do so. On the contrary, he has consistently slandered the United States with a pose of self-flagellating (as regards the nation) and self-righteous (in regard to himself) apology for supposed American acts of domineering injustice that, he implies, naturally result in hateful acts of carefully planned violence against the American people.
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– Alan Keyes, "Who's to blame for terrorism's moral victory"
In the Bible, the Lord says, "I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; …" (Zechariah 14:2). When I served as one of Ronald Reagan's ambassadors to the United Nations (I sat on the Economic and Social Council), I remember attending gatherings that literally fulfilled the Bible's vision of the day when all the nations of the world would come together. On more than one occasion, the biblical prediction that they would do so against Jerusalem would literally have been fulfilled, except for the vote that I represented, the vote of the United States of America. At the recently concluded Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, "a powerful new weapon in the campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state was spawned," as Frank Gaffney reports. In what I cannot but think of as a sign of the times, the Obama faction appointees who purported to represent the United States of America cast their lot with the anti-Israel majority. As never before in its history as a modern, independent state, Israel stands alone.
In his commentary, Frank Gaffney correctly reads the indications that governments in the Middle East and elsewhere are interpreting the Obama faction's studiously ill-disguised hostility toward Israel as a green light for offensive action against the Jewish state. The evidence of that hostility is too abundant and strategically consistent to be fobbed off by phony "charm offensives" and after-the-fact assurances of goodwill. The only people not yet avowedly wise to the Obama faction's deadly agenda for Israel are those whose job it is to calm and distract the so-called "Israeli lobby," i.e., the friendly majority of Americans who instinctively sense that those who offer to destroy the state of Israel fully intend to extend the same courtesy to the sovereign people of the United States.
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In both cases, demoralization is the key component of the strategy being implemented to achieve this destructive goal. As I point out in an article currently featured on my blog, this was the goal of the transparently contrived incident intended to make it appear that Israeli soldiers acting in self-defense instead perpetrated an unprovoked massacre of peaceful humanitarians. One report says the Obama faction "is pressing Israel to allow into the Gaza Strip new activist flotillas setting sail from Europe. …" It goes on to report one Israeli official's statement that "… the White House asked Netanyahu for concessions in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in exchange for U.S. opposition to the establishment of a United Nations commission to investigate Israel's commando raid of a flotilla earlier this week." If true, such prompt exploitation of the tactical opportunity created by the provocation makes it hard to dismiss the likelihood that "A-Team" reruns are not the only show in which we can watch a plan come together.
But for people committed to a breathtakingly deceitful rewrite of America's 20th century history, it's not much of a stretch to follow (or even produce) a script that morphs an effort to secure an undisturbed supply line for Hamas, the proudly terrorist Palestinian group, into an heroically tragic attempt to circumvent dastardly Israeli attempts to prevent Palestinians in Gaza from receiving humanitarian aid. Forget the fact that "Israel allows a large number of trucks daily to enter Gaza with food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies." Forget the fact that "Israel transfers monthly into Gaza tens of millions of dollars worth of Israeli shekels to ensure the flow of cash in the territory." Forget the fact that the Israeli naval blockade aims simply to allow inspection of the supplies (to make sure they include no weapons or other logistical support for terrorist activities), not stop their delivery.
Faced with events that took nine human lives, the first thing fair-minded people want is a truthful account of the facts. The U.S. government should support or oppose any proposal to investigate the facts based on whether or not it is likely to produce such an account. In this respect, the U.N. has a spotty record when it comes to accurate investigation of events involving Israel. Using the U.N.'s well-known bias as a threat to pressure Israel into general concessions simply adds to the already convincing evidence that, where Israel is concerned, the Obama faction operates as a hostile force. But if, from motives having nothing to do with facts and fairness, the U.S. government is seen to throw one of its heretofore closest friends and allies to the terrorist wolves, what sane leaders of any government in the world will ever again stake their country's security on the promises of the United States?
What the Obama faction has already done to the financial good faith and credit of the American people they are now doing to our reputation as a reliable friend and ally. But as the Obama Faction makes us appear to be the enemy of Israel, they reveal something else, easier now to see, but still hard for many Americans to accept. We have met the enemy, and it is them.