“The administration has remained as quiet as possible during the Iranian election season and in the days of street protests since Friday’s vote.”
– Washington Post , Monday June 15, 2009
“We’re going to withhold comment. … I mean we’re just waiting to see.”
– Vice-President Joe Biden
“We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide.”
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“Most countries appeared to be taking a wait-and-see approach, including the European Union and China, Germany, Italy and Japan — nations with strong economic ties to Iran. France said it was closely following the situation.”
– Associated Press, June 13, 2009
For those who look to “world opinion,” “the opinion of mankind,” or to the United Nations for moral guidance or for coming to the aid of victims of oppression, the past few days and presumably the next few days in Iran, provide yet another example of their uselessness.
A million or more Iranians are demonstrating against last Friday’s obviously stolen election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the world — except for the lowlifes who rule places like Venezuela and Syria and who immediately sent their effusive congratulations to Ahmadinejad — is quiet. The world is “closely following the situation,” just as it followed the situations of the Jews during the Holocaust, the Ukrainians, the Chinese under Mao, the Rwandans, the Cambodians, Tibetans, and so many others.
Israel is a Jewish State. Is that your problem?
Frankly, given a choice, I prefer the skinheads and other brutes who express their anti-Semitism openly. In such places, we know the enemy.
But please spare me the pieties and the righteous indignation of those “good people” protesting throughout Europe against Israel ’s defensive operation in Gaza . True, thousands have taken up banners in support of Israel . At the same time, however, the streets of Europe (and even some in America ) are in an uproar. These are the “humanitarians” – the good, the noble, the refined, who chant “peace.”
Now you’re up and about? Now you speak? Where were you when, throughout the years, thousands of jihadist bombs fell on Israel ? The streets of Europe were empty. There were no pictures in the newspapers of grieving Jewish mothers and fathers. You called it “peace” as long as the Arabs were doing the killing and the Jews were doing the dying. All was well with the world.
Suddenly, as Israel answered back, you found your Cause; and how self-righteous you are in your Cause.
You are the best and the brightest of Europe . You are educated. You attended the finest schools. You care for the birds, the bees, the bears, the trees. You favor free speech and freedom of religion. Strange it is that the one and only place in the Middle East that shares your world-view is Israel , and it is Israel that you slander.
The New York Times recently declared “the disturbing truth … that … the United States is a laggard not a leader in providing good medical care.”
As usual, the Times editors get it wrong.
The more confident a nation is, even when poor, the more likely it seems to admire America. Some of our best supporters turn out to be one-billion person India (59 percent favorable rating), Japan (61 percent), and South Korea (58 percent) â€” all democratic, capitalist juggernauts, and appreciative of liberal American trade policy and U.S. military support. Again, should we Americans value the friendship of such democracies â€” or that of a China that cheats on international trade accords and intimidates its neighbors?
So it is encouraging to be admired by idealistic populations in Africa and Eastern Europe, and shown friendship by India and Japan. But perhaps it is equally to our credit that a bullying China and Russia, a dictatorial and intolerant Middle East, and smug nations of Western Europe seem to resent us, especially our support for democratic change abroad.
Nelson Mandela and five other senior statesmen will today form themselves into a team of international troubleshooters called “The Elders“.
Filling out the lineup, we have:
- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
- Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan
- Former Irish president Mary Robinson
- Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu
- Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus
I have a sneaking suspicion that the Palestinians are going to be big fans of this band of “international troubleshooters”. Meryl Yourish assembles the clues:
Thomas P.M. Barnett, author of The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century, presents his vision for removing global threats, and the rebuilding phase that must follow.