Republicus has said, in polite terms, that it would be unwise to allow Iran to possess uranium at this juncture, in solidarity with the U.S. government's position (as briefly discussed in the post "Playing With Fire").
Around the same time, Republicus commended Israel's good faith--or at least hopeful--disengagement from the Gaza Strip, which placed the onus of reciprocal good faith on terrorists who have succeeded in convincing many that they have been reacting--"patriotically"-- to the oppression of occupation (as the brave "Minutemen"--whatever-- in Iraq supposedly are).
Okay. Israel has recently, and quite literally, bent over backwards--even, it is feared by some, at the compromising of her security--and dragged her settlers literally kicking and screaming away from homes that arguably were not theirs to begin with (though seized, it must be added, after being attacked).
That should not "prove" to the watching world that Israel has conceded some kind of moral error and, repenting, has made amends. Nor should it prove that Israel--and, by extension, the West-- "negotiates with terrorism."
It proves that Israel IS willing to make her own sacrifices for peace, in the spirit of global cooperation after being relentlessly attacked by elements in the world body for allegedly failing to rise to occassions and prove benevolence of character, inviting accusations to the contrary.
It was a necessary P.R. move, and, as far as Republicus is concerned, was enough to not only quell, but evaporate the risen tide of anti-Israeli rhetoric that villainized the beleagured state as the one and only obstacle to Peace.
Israel indeed took the high road, but the poor, desperate, though valiant victims of her imperial aggression (i.e. the terrorists) apparently do
view it as some kind of concession, an admission of guilt.
And proof that terrorism works.
Palestinian Authority President Abbas seemed to be a welcome change from Arafat and a promising progressive for peace, denouncing terrorism at times (saying it does not work and, naturally, only invites retaliation harmful to Palestinians), and even angered his own hard-liners by calling for an end to mortar attacks.
Republicus considered him one of the brightening points of light that began to flash and glimmer across the Middle East, sparked and enlightened by the realization that there is another, and better, way...
Yet less than three days after he urged the Palestinians to restrain themselves from excessive exultations on the heels of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank (Judea and Samaria), Abbas presided over a huge celebration in Gaza City where he declared: "Today we are celebrating the liberation of Gaza and the northern West Bank; tomorrow we will celebrate the liberation of Jerusalem."
Triangulation? Empty blustering to appease the hard-line terrorist element? Republicus does not have Abbas' number, so he can only hope that is the case, but even if it is, the fact that he felt compelled to appease that element at the expense of political capital in the United States indicates that that element is alive and well and have enough power to compel their president to pay them lip-service.
People against the disengagement of Gaza predicted that view, the view that disengagement would signal weakness and surrender, and that terrorism works, and didn't think Israeli Prime Minister Sharon should waste his time in holding out his hand at the expense of security, and in the process encouraging that very view (and getting the hand bit off in any event).
But the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had reached an intractable point that required such good-faith--or at least hopeful--actions, if only for the sake of showing the world who the true--and good-- mother is, as wise King Solomon judged:
Which mother was willing to give up her child to the other rather than see him bloodied and killed by partition, and which was spitefully willing to see just that rather than surrender him?
That analogy--like the Isreali-Palestinian conflict itself-- is problematic, as ripping partition to one degree or another appears to be a foregone conclusion in the relentless tug-of-war, as both sides refuse to surrender the child--i.e. the Land-- to the other whole and unbled, but in viewing Gaza not as part of a single child, but a child among a family of provinces, the analogy works in showing the respective character of the litigants.
(Republicus, it should be added, would not have recommended and does not commend the handover of Judea and Samaria on the West Bank, because of evident strategically- defensive reasons along with the arguable but legitimate claims of cultural antecedents).
But what does denying Iran's possession of enriched uranium have to do with Israeli disengagement? one might ask (naively).
It's all tied in to the enemy we are at war with, an enemy which the President has identified as--Finally! Give the man a cigar!-- "Islamic extremists" (a.k.a. Jihadists, evil theocrats, the bad guys with the mentality that plotted, carried out--and then applauded
, from Mecca to Baghdad--9/11), the people who hate "The Jews," and--make no mistake--the rest of the infidels, too.
What do we want from them? It's really quite simple: Stop the terrorism.
Gaza wasn't evacuated under threat of more terrorism. If anything, it was held on to for so long precisely because of terrorism, that is, there was nothing to be negotiated under terrorist demands.
It was the civilized efforts along the lines laid down by peace plans that led to the good-faith--or, again, hopeful-- cooperation.
So take a hint, you stupid terrorists.
The Bush-hating "anti-war" crowd (in quotation marks because Peace and Love are not in the aura that that marching, drum-beating, knife-tongued, belligerent, "insurgent"-cheering, and all-around petty and vindictively-spiteful crowd emanates)-- which is heavily-financed by zillionaire George Soros and other anti-American entities and is now surging, and exulting, with the present political problems of the Commander-In-Chief-- have made a cottage industry of protest by presenting the United States of America--and, by extension, and usually under their breath-- Israel, as the villains, the true terrorists in this global conflict (which Foxnews populist Bill O'Reilly considers--quite accurately, in one way of looking at it-- as, why not? World War IV-- the Cold War being the III-- while the administration bandied about and floated names like GWOT, IWOT, and SAVE until coming out and finally pointing the finger where it belongs).
So we are the villains. No, excuse me, not me and you, and not America, but just Bush (who must therefore be neither representative of you, or me, or the country, for that matter, even though he's the elected President, and...HUH?!?).
Yes, it's Bush, and, more specifically, his rogue (unelected? Huh?) neoconservative administration and "The Agenda" they're imposing on the Middle East, which is unwarranted, if not criminal. Well, it's both, so there.
So there's the moron and/or Machiavellian schemer and lying-liar who tells lies (so there), Bush, and his anomalous administration who are the villains. They're destroying scientific education and progress in this country. They're poisoning the environment. They are driving the solvency of this country over the cliff to bankruptcy. They are allowing the poisoning of the ecosystem for the sake of their corporate, pollution-producing cronies. They've encouraged and empowered the American Taliban. They've caused the whole wide world to hate us because of their Middle-Eastern blitzkrieg
They've killed over a hundred thousand innocent civilians in the Middle-East on their modern-day-but-still-caveman quest for fire (i.e. petroleum) and for the sake of a destabilizing state imposed there by Great Britain.
It is no coincidence that all that sounds like something out of Al Jazeera
, or a missive from Zawahiri-- as well as from anti-administration domestic outfits like Moveon.org and Antiwar.com.
An important weapon in this war is propaganda, as Zawahiri himself acknowledged in the letter that was intercepted: “half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media” in a “race for the hearts and minds of our Umma [the whole Muslim community]."
The "Antiwar" elements here understand that as well, and seem to be drawing from the same well to reenforce the brainwashing of their own Umma--i.e. the cult of "Antiwar" Bush-haters--and in the race for the hearts and minds of regular Americans.
In so doing, drawing from the same well and sharing the same target, the true enemy is likewise excused (wittingly or unwittingly), justified, or even inverted 90 degrees with the 90 degree inversion of the American adminstration into pure villainy.
As the table is turned, so is the seating.
Hence, the American liberation forces are called "terrorists," and the terrorists "Freedom Fighters."
Yes, the villains in this story are Bush and his "gang of thugs" (as Lyndon Larouche puts it).
"Bush is a facsist...Bush is a murderer...Bush is like Hitler...The Very Worst President Bar None In The History Of The Republic since Tom Jefferson placed his John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence!" decry the cult of Bush-haters.
That gargantuan, over-the-top Halloween float of villainy was blown up by more hot air than the NASDAQ was during "The Clinton Economy," and made huge by the huffing and puffing Bush-Haters (added to by the gale-force winds of Katrina), among other things out of Bush's control and by his own goofiness.
Judging from the effect that has had on the presidential approval ratings, to the average American bystander, the float has gotten so large, over time, that the TRUE villains--Islamic extremists-- have not only been relegated to the margins (like non-descript parade spectators on the sidewalks made diminutive by the giant float), but also apologized for (seeing how they can't really be blamed for throwing darts at the offensive float), their behavior rationalized (the float, after all, is offensive) and even excused (anyone would throw darts at it, and, by golly, everyone should!).
They have even begun to be rooted for, implicitly, at first, but then explicitly.
They--the "insurgents" in Iraq trying to sabotage the evolution to democracy, however artificially accelerated--are patriotic "Minutemen" trying to fend off an imperial, occupying force.
Indeed, "Freedom Fighters."
Cheer for them! They must prevail! They are victims of the Great Villain (or Satan, if you will)!
And, of course, Bush must prove the failure they always said he was.
And so, good people of Republicus, the true
villain in the GWOT (or whatever it's called now), has now become but a mere, incidental consequence of the evil administration's imperial machinations-- if not incompetence-- and has even evolved into an ally in helping to defeat that Great Villain, i.e. President Bush.
So feel the P.L.O.'s pain, people. Give poor, energy-starved Iran some uranium to heat and light their homes.
It has all been a misunderstanding, and they have been unjustifiably demonized by "neocon propaganda" in order to justify their victimization.
And, of course, support your local insurgency, and the one abroad.
"Give Peace a Chance."
Oh, and by the way, Behold:Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, Iran’s fundamentalist president, on Wednesday (today) declared that Israel should be “wiped off the map” and warned Arab countries against developing economic ties with Israel in response to its withdrawal from Gaza.