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An Olive Branch For A Terrorist State

March 23, 2009

An Olive Branch For A Terrorist State

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 23 March 2009

War On Terror: Is there some grand strategy behind President Obama’s “Happy Persian New Year” video message to Iran? Or is America embracing the naive notion that we can get the Islamofascists to like us?


Read More: Global War On Terror | Iran


As Mark Finkelstein’s “FinkelBlog” noted, there were no American flags visible in the background to ruffle the mullahs’ turbans in Obama’s Friday midnight video message. A wide shot featured on the White House Web site has the president sitting before Old Glory, but it turns out there is more than one edition of the video.

The version with Farsi subtitles — presumably the one pegged for Iranian consumption — was closely cropped, with no sign of the U.S. flag (although you can see the tiniest edge of the red and white stripes for a time during the second half of the message). Even the president’s lapel pin of the flag is cropped out during much of the address.

While bereft of anything to offend Iranians who make a practice of burning the stars and stripes, the video’s “tough diplomacy” consisted mainly of palavering the Islamic nation.

Extending his “very best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz around the world,” the president called the occasion “both an ancient ritual and a moment of renewal” and “just one part of your great and celebrated culture.

The president told Iran how “over many centuries your art, your music, literature and innovation have made the world a better and more beautiful place,” adding that “here in the United States, our own communities have been enhanced by the contributions of Iranian Americans.”

“We know,” he said, “that you are a great civilization, and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world.”

He also made a point of referring to the country by what became its official name after the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Carter-era revolution turned it into an anti-American theocratic state — “the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

In closing, Obama recited a verse from the medieval Dervish poet Saadi, which is prominently featured within the United Nations building in New York City:

“The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence.”

Lovely sentiments all around. But who really thinks Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the other leaders of revolutionary Islamist Iran see all the children of Adam — particularly those living in Tel Aviv and the world’s free industrialized nations — as equal in the eyes of God? Whoever does is too naive to be involved in U.S. foreign policy.

Ahmadinejad spokesman Ali Akbar Javanfekr immediately responded to Obama’s message by calling on the U.S. to end its support for Israel and apologize for: siding with Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s; accidentally shooting down an Iranian airliner in 1988 (for which the U.S. has already paid Iran $132 million); and the CIA’s role in the shah’s 1953 coup.

The Tehran regime has been in a de facto state of war with the U.S. for 30 years. It has provided bombs that have killed our soldiers in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan. It spends millions supplying and training Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorists, and funds Hamas’ rocket and suicide attacks against Israel.

Under the autocratic rule of this Islamic “republic,” Iran has hosted pseudo-scholars to compare notes on denying the Nazi genocide of the Jews. Its leaders have referred to the state of Israel as a disease, calling for the Jewish state’s destruction by force. They believe the 12th imam will return to lead an apocalyptic jihad against Jews and other purported enemies of Islam.

And, most importantly, these dangerous fanatics are spending a billion dollars a year — 2% of its annual oil revenues — in pursuit of nuclear weapons. Clearly, the regime has already produced enough fuel for one atomic bomb, and last month Iran’s nuclear chief said its 6,000 operating uranium enrichment centrifuges at Natanz would be expanded to 50,000 over the next five years.

Franklin Roosevelt’s strategy against Hitler was not to send a Christmas card noting the artistic achievements of Goethe and Wagner. Does this Democratic president, like his great 20th century predecessors, recognize evil when he sees it?

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