Jul 7, 2009

Jimmy Carter Redux

Jack Kinsella

By Jack Kinsella

The best way to make friends with the current US administration is to run roughshod over your own population, abandoning any pretense at law and order and threatening either your own population or a neighboring one. That's if you want to be friends with the United States. If you want the US on your back, the best way to accomplish that is by being an open, free Western-style democracy. Let's look at some of countries where America looks the other way.

Iran is the world's leading sponsor of international terrorism. It is also within months of having a nuclear weapon. Iran has been in a state of undeclared war against the Western world, and in particular, against the United States, ever since the fall of the Shah and the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Obama had a real chance at undoing one of Jimmy Carter's greatest foreign policy failures. But he missed it.

During his campaign, Obama pledged to meet with Iran's dictatorial mullocracy pretty much anywhere, anytime, anyhow. He gave his first one-on-one interview with al-Arabiya. He rewarded Turkey for knifing the US in the back during the Iraq invasion by making Ankara the venue for his first speech to the Islamic world. He thanked the Saudis for knifing us in the back at OPEC by bowing long and deep before the King of Mecca. He allowed Hugo Chavez to use him as a prop for a series of propaganda photos during the Organization of American States meeting last spring. When the Iranian dictatorship began shooting down its own citizens in the streets, Obama remained silent, saying he didn't want to give the impression that the US was interfering in Iran's domestic affairs. It didn't matter. Iran accused the US of it anyway. For two solid weeks, Iranian protestors waited to hear the White House voice support for their movement. It wasn't until after the protest began to lose steam in the face of a government crackdown that Obama finally spoke. It was far too little, far too late. The protests, which had a real chance of overthrowing the Iranian mullocracy, are all but over. The Iranian Islamic Republic survived - in no small part, thanks to US inaction.

Ok, so Obama was just being cautious . . . what's wrong with that? A couple of days ago, the president of Honduras tried to get around the Honduran Constitutional term limits on his presidency by holding a public referendum in defiance of Congress, emulating his mentor, Hugo Chavez. President Zelaya defied both the country's Constitution and its Congress. The Congress followed the Constitutional provisions to legally remove him from office and installed an interim president who promised to hold elections in November as scheduled. President Zelaya was quietly arrested and deported to Costa Rica. Within hours - and even before coordinating with his own Secretary of State, President Obama had already called Zelaya's removal an "illegal military coup d'etat." Secretary of State Clinton, on the other hand, initially supported the Honduran Congress and their adherence to Honduran law.

Let's make a quick comparison between US relations with Iran and relations with Honduras. First Iran: Iranians kicked out the US in 1978 and took its Embassy hostage for 444 days. It is a major supporter of terrorism aimed at the US and has a long and bloody record of war against US targets. Through its proxies like Hezbollah and the insurgency in Iraq, Iran has killed thousands of Americans in the past thirty years. There is no doubt that Iran would kill thousands more if the opportunity presented itself. Iran has rejected every effort at detente or normalization of relations by every administration since Jimmy Carter.

Now, to our relationship with Honduras: Successive U.S. administrations have had close political, military and economic ties to Honduras. In the 1980s, Honduran officials aided U.S. efforts against the leftist government of Nicaragua and insurgents in El Salvador. Remittances from Honduran immigrants to the U.S. account for about one-quarter of the country's gross domestic product, and 70% of Honduras' exports go to the U.S. U.S. officials have strong ties to the political and business elites who have opposed President Zelaya's conduct, including his push to lift constitutional limits on his presidential term. And the U.S. military has strong ties to the Honduran military, which sent troops to Iraq in a sign of support for the U.S. effort there. About 600 U.S. military personnel are stationed at the Soto Cano Air Base, about 60 miles northwest of the capital city, Tegucigalpa. The Honduran Congress, following the procedural guidelines set by the Honduran Constitution, removed their president from office to prevent him from setting himself up as a dictator. And later that same day, Obama issued the following statement:

"We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras."
As much as Obama would like to think of himself as another JFK, the more apt comparison would be to that of Jimmy Carter. Like Jimmy Carter, Obama never met a dictator he didn't like. He's all but offered Ahmadinjad the keys to Washington, his fraudulent re-election and bloody crackdown on student protesters notwithstanding.

Kim Jong il is threatening nuclear war and Obama seems unaware of exactly who Kim Jong il is. If North Korea is anywhere near the top of his priority list, you can't tell from his public statements of the issue.

Syria's Bashar al Assad threatened, as recently as last week, to go to war with Israel if Israel didn't surrender the Golan Heights back to Syrian control. The Golan Heights was used to rain down rockets on northern Israel until captured by Israel during the 1967 Six Days' War. Syria continues to aid and support Hezbollah, who rains down rockets on northern Israel from Lebanon at whim. Israel has nothing to gain and everything to lose by giving back the Golan.

Where does America stand? Directly on Israel's neck. Israel is the only representative democracy in the Middle East. The idea of an Israeli dictatorship is unthinkable because it is impossible. America is more prone to a dictatorial takeover than Israel is. Obama controls both Houses of Congress. Netanyahu's fragile coalition could collapse at any moment. America has two ruling political parties. Israel has a dozen. Israeli leaders rule at the pleasure of the public more so than any other country in the world. No matter what, Obama can count on being president until at least January 20, 2013. Netanyahu could be removed from office by a simple vote of no confidence.

So where does Obama apply the political pressure? Not to the dictators threatening nuclear war like Amadinejad or Kim or Bashar Assad. Or dictators like Hugo Chavez, ally to all dictators everywhere that oppose the United States. Or to dictators in waiting like President Zelaya of Honduras.

But when it comes to Israel, Obama is all over it.
"The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements... It is time for these settlements to stop," he declared in Cairo.
To leave no room for doubt, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized that Obama was referring to ALL settlements, including Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. The international community's full-court press against settlements, with the Obama administration in the forefront, is wearing the Netanyahu government down. The Palestinians' position is that if settlements don't stop, negotiations won't start. The Palestinians define "settlements" as the presence of Jewish civilian homes occupied by Jewish families.

THINK about that for more than a second. It isn't the dictators in Venezuela, Honduras, North Korea, Iran or Syria that are getting strong-armed by Washington. The White House is instead preoccupied with promoting the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank. There isn't any other way to describe it - there isn't any other way to view it. When the Serbs began evicting Muslims from Serbian land because they were Muslims, it was called 'ethnic cleansing' and NATO fought a war over it. Let's be clear. "Ethnic cleansing" is a euphemism referring to the expulsion or killing of members of an ethnic minority by a local majority to achieve ethnic homogeneity in majority-controlled territory. Ethnic cleansing is defined as a crime against humanity under international law. The UN Commission of Experts (established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 780) held that the practices associated with ethnic cleansing "constitute crimes against humanity and can be assimilated to specific war crimes. Furthermore ... such acts could also fall within the meaning of the Genocide Convention." The UN General Assembly condemned "ethnic cleansing" and racial hatred in a 1992 resolution. In the period between Israel's rebirth and the Six Days War, the Arab countries of North Africa and the Mediterranean expelled 99% of Sephardic Jews. The Jewish populations of Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco no longer exist. In practice, ethnic cleansing is a crime under international law - unless the ethnicity being cleansed is Jewish. Then it's social justice. And America supports it.

Things are getting pretty hairy for the United States. The dollar is in free-fall. America's standing among the nations has never been lower. The US image has gone from that of international bully to international laughing-stock. Most of the world sees America in much the same way that they viewed the Russians during the Soviet era. Even Americans find themselves astonished at how quickly America has fallen, and how far.
"When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of his glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth His sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Matthew 25:31-34)
Jesus is not referring to the Church in this passage, but to the literal nations of the earth. The kingdom prepared for the sheep nations is the Millennial Kingdom. The Millennial Kingdom is a restoration of the earth to its Edenic state, literally prepared from the foundation of the world. Jesus goes on to list the qualifications that will determine which are sheep and which are goat nations.
"For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. "

"Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?"
Now, watch His reply and consider it carefully.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." (Matthew 25:35-40)
Again, Jesus is NOT talking about the Church. For the most part, the sheep nations will include nations with strong Christian roots, but not all nations with strong Christian roots will necessarily be sheep nations. Christian nations are numbered among the wealthiest on the planet, not among the poorest, and are hardly miserable and imprisoned and naked and sick. Jesus is referring to the Jews, His literal brethren, who suffered persecution, deportation, pogroms and extermination at the hands of 'Christian' nations throughout Europe, throughout the Dark Ages and right into the 20th century.
"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
America was the first nation to ever extend the full sovereign franchise to Jews without hyphenation. Jews in America aren't treated differently as "Jewish-Americans". Instead, they are Americans who also happen to be Jews. And for 172 years, Jews in America prospered as Americans and America was blessed by God above all nations. When Israel was restored in 1948, America's fortunes - which seemingly couldn't get any better - did. America backed Israel and America prospered.
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." (Zechariah 12:3)
Then along came Jimmy Carter, who pressured Israel into surrendering some of the Promised Land in exchange for peace with Egypt. The economy tanked. Within a year, we were embroiled in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. During the 1980's America supported Israel and America's economy recovered. Then Bill Clinton involved the US in the Oslo Accords. America's downhill spiral since then can literally be charted.

There is little doubt that America will be numbered among the sheep nations on that day - thanks to the generations of Americans that came before this one. But since Oslo, things have gotten progressively bumpy. It is no coincidence. God's Word is true. And so are His promises.
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. . . Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till ALL be fulfilled. " (Luke 21:28,32)

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