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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

What happened to our President's declarations that Iran is a member of the "axis of evil" and "we will never negotiate with terrorists...?"

Folks, this is an outstanding *****Five Star, must read column by Michael Ledeen, "Is Bill Clinton Still President? We’re making the ultimate confrontation with Iran more difficult than it need be."

We can all see that President G.W. Bush's words after 9/11 are now falling by the wayside. After the horror of that day, he officially proclaimed Iran to be a member of the "axis of evil" and said the United States would never negotiate with terrorists. "They're either with us or with the terrorists," he said of other countries. So, why are we in the process of carrot-and-stick appeasement---under the pseudonym of "negotiations" and "diplomacy"---now?

What is a compelling-enough reason for our President to abandon his post-9/11 resolve and negotiate with and appease Iran now? At a time when Iran has planted terrorist cells in nations around the globe and is supporting the planning and carrying out of terrorist acts---even against our troops, innocent Iraqi citizens, Iraqi troops and police, and the fledgling democracy trying to take hold in that country. And is poised to become the next North Korea.

Ledeen makes it clear why the present course being taken is unwise, why it will not work, and how it will adversely affect the hopes for freedom and will of the Iranian people to reject and end the extremist regime and terrorist ideology of the mullahs and Ahmadinejad.

You can read Ledeen's astute analysis in excerpts below or at nationalreview.

"From time to time various wags have suggested that we send Bill Clinton to negotiate with the mullahs on our behalf. It turns out it isn’t necessary; we’ve just adopted his methods. Apparently those in charge of our Iran non-policy concluded that the appeasement of North Korea worked so well, we should do the same thing with Iran...

The architects of this latest foolishness are whispering the same reassuring nonsense as their predecessors did about North Korea: We’re offering light-water reactors, which aren’t as dangerous as heavy-water reactors, we won’t give them anything unless they agree to stop enrichment, blah, blah, blah.

All of which is true, and totally insane, since a madman is, famously, a person who thinks that he will produce a different outcome by doing the same thing over and over again.

It is utterly fanciful to think that Iran will negotiate away their nuclear-weapons program, whatever the combination of diplomatic carrots and sticks... For them, the only point of negotiations is to gain more time to pursue their war against us, to kill more Americans and Brits in Iraq, to mobilize more jihadis all over the region, to threaten our regional friends and allies, to enlarge their terror network throughout the world, to stuff their war chest with petrodollars, and to enlarge their arsenal...

I think the Europeans view the negotiations as a method of restraining us, not bringing the Iranians to heel. They have long since adopted a policy of total appeasement...

The carrots are precisely what negotiations were supposed to be all about, and here we’ve offered them in advance of talks... We will have undertaken negotiations, and the Iranians will not have ceased enrichment. We will still not have an Iran policy, we will still have done nothing to support freedom in Iran, and we will still be pretending it is possible to win a regional war by playing defense in Iraq alone.

The political consequences of such foolishness are very hard to calculate, but it is certain that any Iranian contemplating risking his or her life on behalf of a free Iran will be discouraged at the spectacle.

It is also certain that this demarche... will reinforce the extremely dangerous conviction in Tehran that they are winning, and we will do nothing to threaten them. This is what makes the latest gambit so self-destructive. It will encourage the mullahs to intensify their attacks—real attacks, not merely verbal ones—on all fronts. They think we are headed out of Iraq, in abject humiliation, as a result of their terror war against us, and they will now redouble those efforts....

They believe that the final days are at hand, and that they are the instruments of Divine power and glory. They have no doubt about their ultimate triumph, and everything they see in the West only reinforces their confidence, and leads them to redouble their murderous efforts. Their vision is not world peace, but world domination, accompanied by the slaughter of their enemies. And we are encouraging them in that vision.

I do not believe we will surrender and give them a free hand, but our current behavior only makes the ultimate confrontation with Iran more difficult and likely more violent than it need be. No matter how unwilling Western leaders may be to respond to their 27-year war against us, we cannot escape it, because they will not permit us to escape. It is a conflict we can either win or lose, but we cannot opt out of it. Eventually we will be compelled to respond.

At the moment, most of our leaders are trying desperately to convince themselves that there is a way out, that we can make a grand bargain, that we do not have to confront the mullahs. It is the illogic of appeasement so well described by Churchill after Munich. Chamberlain, he said, had to choose between war and dishonor. Chamberlain chose dishonor, and he got war. This is the risk our leaders are running today...

And the hell of it all is that the mullahs are terribly vulnerable, loathed by their own people, our natural allies in what is after all a political and ideological conflict. Our failure to support the Iranians’ cry for freedom is a dark stain on our banners, and worse: Our dishonor leads directly a war that we should not need to fight..."

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