By Peter Spencer, director of "Return to the Hiding Place"
While traveling the country on a movie promotion tour, I frequently come into contact with Americans of all stripes and colors who believed in the idea of Barack Obama and his positions in championing the poor, the disenfranchised and abused minorities worldwide.
But the president's recently concluded deal with Iran – and the vociferous pushback against it led by Mike Huckabee – reminds me of another movie, "The Pink Panther," in which Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is berating a poor organ grinder for not having his license up to date. Condescending, insulting, overbearing, Clouseau obsesses with the organ grinder, a simple soul who is humbly attempting to be heard and eke out a living. Meanwhile, powerful gun-toting robbers in a bank, clearly visible in the background, pull off a heist and get away because the government official is too petty to see outside of himself to the bigger picture, to the point of denial that the heist-men are robbers even though they themselves announce it, and the official continues his schoolyard bullying of a less powerful man.
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And so goes with this administration and this deal. No code-breakers are needed here. "It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region," they declare, daring us to believe their words. Wipe out. Holocaust. Yes, ovens. In actuality, ovens may be an understatement compared to the nuclear holocaust Iranian mullahs have in mind for their self-fulfilling, demented theologies.
Huckabee didn't say it. Ayatollah Khamenei did. Like Hitler, who promised and fulfilled it at Auschwitz and mass murder camps, Mr. Khamenei will do likewise. And all he needs is expertise, an embargo-free economy and hundreds of billions of dollars from a benefactor. Huckabee said what we are all thinking and is said in my film: "Get your head out of the sand before it gets cut off!"
Like ISIS, this culture of Islamic extremism practices rape, racism and revolution led by misogynists who sexualize children, shove women to third-class status and murder with impunity. One wonders why Obama was insulted. A trusted leader would pay first attention to a country filled with slaves to liberate. Victims to restore. And the innocent prisoners, to free.
Audiences are voicing to me that they are ashamed of the vote they cast for this administration, and they will line up to vote for an end to these squabbling bureaucrats and support those willing to stop the madness. As that courageous woman who risked her life to shelter Jews, Corrie ten Boom, said, "The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy." This administration is still in Phase 1 after decades of war on terror.
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The same fascism that built the ovens in Auschwitz and studied under Hitler's close ally – the grand mufti of Jerusalem – have simply gone back to the drawing board of the 1940s failure and strategically joined the "great Satan" to accomplish their centuries-long goal.
The same fascism running Iran today was slaughtering innocent Jews more than half-a-century ago. Like our current leaders, their elected officials had crumbled before the racists, which left resistance against evil up to the working class. Delusional politicians of self-imposed naïveté had left Europe defenseless, leading to the death of millions of innocents.
I don't fault Mr. Huckabee for observing that Jews can hear the distant squeak of oven doors. It's not paranoia; it is history. That history is repeating now on a YouTube channel near you. Humans butchered like animals. Racism practiced with pride. And politicians who squabble like schoolchildren over their place in line. Prideful barbs are thrown around over the irrelevant organ grinders, while crimes against humanity are being committed in broad daylight.
Peter Spencer is writer and director of "Return to the Hiding Place," the story of Corrie Ten Boom, which released to DVD Sept. 15.