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Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Foolish Delusion

This is the portion of President Bush's address that has the Democrats' knickers in a twist:

There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men [the terrorists] and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history. (Applause.)

Some people suggest if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away. This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of the enemies of peace, and America utterly rejects it. Israel's population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because the United States of America stands with you. (Applause.)

Read the transcript here.

Here's Joe Lieberman's response:

“President Bush got it exactly right today when he warned about the threat of Iran and its terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. It is imperative that we reject the flawed and na├»ve thinking that denies or dismisses the words of extremists and terrorists when they shout “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” and that holds that—if only we were to sit down and negotiate with these killers—they would cease to threaten us. It is critical to our national security that our commander-in-chief is able to distinguish between America’s friends and America’s enemies, and not confuse the two.”

Read it here.

Joe understands -- too bad his party's leadership doesn't. Instead of cheering Bush's remarks they are attacking them. I have just been reading Niall Ferguson's The War Of the World, in which he notes that Britain's Chamberlain government in 1938-39 was quite willing to sell France out completely in order to maintain peace with Hitler. The arguments they advanced then are eerily similar to those we hear from the Democrat leadership these days.

You can buy Professor Ferguson's excellent book by clicking on the Amazon links at the top of this page.