Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Appeasement Defined, Lollipops Anyone?
Joel Rosenberg writes about Israeli Natan Sharansky's response to the ISG Report here. His take is that the report is it's an ill-advised document of appeasement. Below is a highlight:
"Washington, D.C., 12/12/06) -- Former Israeli deputy prime minister Natan Sharansky -- who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday -- today blasted The Iraq Study Group Report as an act of 'appeasement'."
“I am extremely concerned by the Baker-Hamilton report," Sharansky told a conference call of political bloggers, in which I participated. "It’s very difficult to understand how these outstanding politicians could write a report that is so out of touch with the rest of the world….This report perhaps could have been written on the 10th of September, 2001, but after?"
"Appeasement comes from fear," Sharansky noted. Those who pursue it "don’t have the strength to defend [their] own ideas."
"The message of the Baker-Hamilton report, he said, was a message of encouraging Iran and Syria to continue supporting terrorist organizations because no one is going to stop them."
It's hard to believe that so many people still labor under the impression that terrorists can be negotiated and partnered with for peace. Like the years leading up to Nazi Germany in the late 30s and early 40s when making nice with Hitler was all the rage, today's appeasers are taking a similar tack.
Appeasement is a quick and ineffective fix for those unwilling to defend their position or even to take the time to define and know what that position is. It seems like such a benevolent idea at the time, but so much more deadly later on.
We see where lollipops got us before WWII. Are we willing to learn from that hard-earned mistake, or not?
So what can we do, if appeasement is unworkable?
Here are a few ideas:
1) Because radical Islam and jihad are being funded with our petro dollars: We must promote energy independence in the US from oil in the Middle East using every means possible. That includes drilling in ANWAR.
2) For appeasers who just can't quit: Give lollypops and encouragement to moderate Muslims for resisting and standing up to their militant jihadist brothers. Moderate Muslims are in just as great a danger for resisting militant Islam as we are. Yet all civilized people must speak up and out against these barbarians.
3) Start a branch of AA in your neighborhood, Appeasers Anonymous, a 12-step program for breaking addiction to political correctness and making nice with those who would bring down our civilization. Jimmy Carter would be required to go to meetings every day.
4) Take time to educate yourself with reading, and listening to the other side of the story, other than the Main Stream Media (MSM). HotAir.com should be on everyone's shortlist of daily self-help. For a little more, then go to Jihad Watch.
These daily steps could save you from your life-threatening addiction to the appeasement fix and save our country too.