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Liberal Professor Compares Tea Party to Nazis

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 9, 2014

Academia is supposed to be a place where ideas can be debated and studied openly so that open minds can come to informed conclusions.  Unfortunately, in many colleges today that is not the case.  Instead, Leftist professors use positions of power to intimidate and indoctrinate those they are supposed to teach in order to pursue their own political agendas.  While this has been going on for decades, today’s inexpensive video recording technology has exposed this travesty.

Dr. Blake Armstrong of South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas, is a psychology professor who was recently caught red-handed pursuing his Leftist agenda.  Knowing that his remarks were political and not educational, Armstrong asked students not to “tell anybody” about his so-called lecture.  However, one student flipped on a video phone camera saving the professor’s inappropriate lecture for cyberspace, as posted below.  Armstrong’s Tea Party bashing comments included:

In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis — people were kind of tired of them.  They’ve been around since 1920, 11 years now.  They’ve won seats — they’re like the tea party!  That’s such a good example,” and “but in the sense of how they politically came to power, there’s a good analogy there.  That eventually people realized, ‘Oh, these Nazis are a bunch of nuts,’  ‘These tea party people are a bunch of nuts.’  I mean, the analogy really is a good analogy.”

It is fair to disagree with the Tea Party’s Libertarian views as well as its strict interpretation of the Constitution.  However, to compare them to Nazis is not meant to spur intellectual discussion, but rather demonize some Americans in an effort to thwart legitimate debate.  This is all too often the goal of liberal academia.

Many industries are today being revolutionized and made less expensive for consumers through new technologies.  The higher education industry has so far avoided this mainly due to governmental interference whose manipulation of student debt (loans) has allowed the inefficiencies to continue.  This is why cost of higher education increase has outstripped inflation for decades.  It has resulted in the current aggregate student debt exceeding $1 trillion, an amount greater than all consumer credit card debt.  This unsustainable economic path will soon be a controlling factor for Progressive educators, such as Blake Armstrong.  Students will start demanding real education that betters their lives, rather than accepting police indoctrination.  However, since Dr. Armstrong likely never took Econ 101, he is oblivious to the unstoppable forces of supply and demand that will ultimately act to curtail lame educators such as he.

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Tibor Rubin Medal of Honor Winner

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 4, 2012

The video below includes the story of Tibor Rubin, a Jewish survivor of a Nazi death camp.  Rubin was rescued from the camp in 1945 by the American Army.  This liberation affected him to the extent that he became determined to join that Army to repay the debt.

After joining the U.S. Army, Rubin faced anti-Semitism inside that service.  This did not, however, stopped Rubin from serving his new country and in fact becoming a war hero, receiving the Medal of Honor for his gallantry in Korea.

The real story here is not about heroism.  It is instead about a man who was inspired to serve the country that adopted him, even though it was not perfect.  Rubin understood that as imperfect as America was, it was far better than what he escaped in Europe.

The “greatest generation” that produced Rubin, also produced and American president that a few years later would say during his inauguration: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  Had John Kennedy said these words today, he would be considered a right-wing extremist.  It is likely that he would also be vilified by Barack Obama and many of the radicals that now control the Democrat Party.

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President Obama’s Response to Libya Shows Lack of Leadership

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 18, 2011

Nearly a month into the Libyan protests and fighting, the West and the United Nations have finally indicated a willingness to stop Gadhafi’s aircraft from bombing of his own people.  In response, Gadhafi offered an immediate ceasefire.  How sad.  Imagine how many lives would have been spared had we acted sooner?  The blood of many rests with those who could have, but did not act in a timely fashion.

Time and again the United Nations has proven to be at best ineffective at protecting innocents.  Libya is the latest to join Ruanda and others in placing false hope in this corrupt organization.  Making matters worse is the United States lack of backbone under President Obama.  Unlike in earlier times when America might go it alone to protect people like the Muslims in Bosnia or Kurds in northern Iraq, for this President the process as more important that the cause and results.  Obama has obtained the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. president to follow the French into military action.  Yikes!

As President Obama once said, “words have meaning”.  This is especially true when one is the leader of a powerful nation.  Obama’s weak response towards Libya was accentuated today when he said that Gadhafi has “lost the confidence of his own people and the legitimacy to lead.”  These naïve words do not properly define the man responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, the bombing a German disco, and many other terrorists acts, as well as now killing his own people only so that Gadhafi can remain in power.

History often judges leaders by their ability to define the challenges of their time and then rally society to address those challenges:  Barack Obama is no such leader.  Comparing Obama’s response to Gadhafi to those of two great leaders who also faced the challenges of tyrannical regimes is instructional.  Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, when defining our adversaries, said:

“Hitler is a monster of wickedness, insatiable in his lust for blood and plunder”. Winston Churchill

“The Soviet Union is an Evil Empire, and Soviet communism is the focus of evil in the modern world” . Ronald Reagan

Hilter’s Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were defeated by these two great leaders.  Gadhafi, who seemed to be on the verge of defeat just two weeks ago, is gaining strength.

 

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Congressman Steve Cohen Doesn’t Buy Into Obama’s Call for Civility

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 20, 2011

During President Obama’s speech concerning the massacre that occurred in Tucson, Arizona he discussed his desire for more civility in the political arena.  At least one of his Democrat associates in Congress isn’t buying into message.

This week Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat from Tennessee went into attack mode against the Republicans with the follow incredible diatribe:

They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels.  You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it.  Like blood libel.

The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it-believed it and you have the Holocaust.  We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care.  Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover.”

While Cohen’s comments are despicable, they are not untypical for the Left.  Disagree with a Progressive and you may be labeled a Nazi or stupid.  In their view of the worked there is no room for dissent.

A narrative created by the Left is that mean-spirited politics emanates from Conservatives.  This is often proved false by fellow Leftist such as Cohen.  Just imagine if Sarah Palin had said something as reprehensible as Cohen did?

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Egypt’s Reaction to Bombing of Coptic Christians Indicates Decaying Society

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 6, 2011

A huge bomb blast outside a Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt killed over 20 worshipers on New Year’s Day.  This violence joins an increasing number of terrorist acts against Christians within the Moslem world.

The Copts are a minority, representing 10% of the population in Moslem dominated Egypt.  As horrendous as this violence was, the response from some in Egypt indicates a growing problem of decay within Egyptian and greater Arab societies.  Here is a sampling of some of the bizarre responses from Egypt relating to the Coptic Church bombing, as reported by Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal:

  • With careful consideration, the incident could lead to other interpretations, especially the application of the Zionist conspiracy against national unity in Egypt.” – Commentator Ammar Ali Hassan of the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.
  • The Israeli Mossad was behind the incident,” and he won’t rule out the possibility that al Qaeda itself may now be under Israeli operational control. – Essam El-Irian, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Carrying out a Zionist scheme aimed at fragmenting the Arab region as a whole.” – Gamal Assad, a member of Egypt’s parliament.

While state-supported Anti-Semitism is bad on its face, it is often a tool used by those who want to gain power for nefarious purposes.  The violence that follows such despots often goes far beyond merely being detrimental to Jews.  There is no better example than the Nazi’s use of Anti-Semitism to take control of Germany and invade other countries.

Most of the Arab world has been mired in failure for decades, if not centuries.  Besides being economic and scientific second-runs, they are a hotbed of violence and terrorism.  There are various reasons for the failures.  But certainly one is their preoccupation with blaming Israel and Jews for their failings.  Comparing Israel’s population of 7.5 million to the 350 million in Arab countries and also comparing achievements from both shows the insanity of the Arab use of scapegoating.

Shortly after Stephens’ piece was published in the Journal, the BBC published an incredible story out of Saudi Arabia titled Saudi Arabia ‘detains’ Israeli vulture for spying.  It seems that the good Saudi’s believe that a vulture with research tracking device attached was spying for Israel.  What paranoia.  Do these Arabs believe that the Jewish state has some special powers with animals?

As Stephens succinctly concludes:

“But the ultimate source of Arab backwardness, unmentioned by most of these studies, lies in the debasement of the Arab mind.  When the only diagnosis Egyptians can offer for their various predicaments – ranging from sectarian terrorism to a recent spate of freak shark attacks at a Sinai beach resort – is that it’s all a Zionist plot, you know that the country is in very deep trouble.”

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Moral Clarity and Radical Islam

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 3, 2010

Since the end of World War II it has been fashionable in Leftist circles to glorify revolutionaries.  During the sixties the Left promoted characters like Mao, Castro and Che Guevara.  The fact that millions perished from the actions of these revolutionaries didn’t hinder their reverence by the Left.

With the fall of Communism, Red revolutionaries went out of fashion and were relegated to the history books.  But the Left did not lose its infatuation with revolutionaries. Today, revolution is fermented by Radical Islam and once again the Left has elevated evil to higher moral ground.  Where once the United Nations welcomed Cuba’s Fidel Castro as he blasted the United States, now it welcomes Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  But Ahmadinejad has added to rants against the United States, adding anti-Semitism to his repertoire.

While Communist revolutionaries were responsible for the deaths of tens of millions, today’s Islamic revolutionaries are in some ways even brutal.  These contemporary revolutionaries have more in common with Nazis than Communists.  Like Nazis, Islamic revolutionaries see it their duty to a higher power to rid the world of those they vilify.  For the Nazis this included Jews, Communists, gypsies, homosexuals and others.  With Islamists, it starts with Jews and but ultimately includes the entire western culture.

This Blog does not generally post writings from clerics of religion.  An exception is made today because of the moral clarity expressed so elegantly in a sermon by Rabbi Shlomo Lewis of Atlanta on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah 2010, the Jewish New Year.  Another first for this Blog is that the Rabbi is a self-proclaimed “card carrying member of the ACLU”, an organization who has in the past taken positions that are in opposite of moral clarity.  Irrespective of the flaw in the Rabbi’s associations, his words are profound.  While the entire sermon is posted below, given its length, highlights are first listed.

Moral Clarity from Rabbi Shlomo Lewis

  • We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior.  During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters.  We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants.  We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors.  We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault.  We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people.
  • We did not apologize for Dresden, nor for The Battle of the Bulge, nor for El Alamein, nor for D-Day.
  • Not all Germans were Nazis – most were decent, most were revolted by the Third Reich, most were good citizens hoisting a beer, earning a living and tucking in their children at night.  But, too many looked away, too many cried out in lame defense – I didn’t know.”
  • In WWII we won because we got it.  We understood who the enemy was and we knew that the end had to be unconditional and absolute.  We did not stumble around worrying about offending the Nazis.
  • Let me mince no words in saying that from Fort Hood to Bali, from Times Square to London, from Madrid to Mumbai, from 9/11 to Gaza, the murderers, the barbarians are radical Islamists.
  • Today the enemy is radical Islam, but it must be said sadly and reluctantly that there are unwitting, co-conspirators who strengthen the hands of the evil doers.  Let me state that the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims, fine human beings ……  The good Muslims must sponsor rallies in Times Square, in Trafalgar Square, in the UN Plaza, on the Champs Elysee, in Mecca condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent.  Thus far, they have not.
  • Immediately after 9/11 how many mosques were destroyed in America? None.  After 9/11, how many Muslims were killed in America?  None.  After 9/11, how many anti-Muslim rallies were held in America?  None.  And yet, we apologize.  We grovel.  We beg forgiveness.
  • Israel is the laboratory – the test market.  Every death, every explosion, every grisly encounter is not a random, bloody orgy.  It is a calculated, strategic probe into the heart, guts and soul of the West.
  • There is a message sent and consequences when our president visits Turkey and Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and not Israel.
  • There is a message sent and consequences when free speech on campus is only for those championing Palestinian rights.
  • There is a message sent and consequences when the UN blasts Israel relentlessly, effectively ignoring Iran, Sudan, Venezuela, North Korea, China and other noxious states.
  • Let’s try an analogy.  If someone contracted a life-threatening infection and we not only scolded them for using antibiotics but insisted that the bacteria had a right to infect their body and that perhaps, if we gave the invading infection an arm and a few toes, the bacteria would be satisfied and stop spreading.  Anyone buy that medical advice?  Well, folks, that’s our approach to the radical Islamist bacteria.  It is amoral, has no conscience and will spread unless it is eradicated. – There is no negotiating. Appeasement is death.
  • I was no great fan of George Bush – didn’t vote for him.  (By the way, I’m still a registered Democrat.)  I disagreed with many of his policies but one thing he had right.  His moral clarity was flawless when it came to the War on Terror, the War on Radical Islamist Terror.  There was no middle ground – either you were friend or foe.  There was no place in Bush’s world for a Switzerland.
  • A few weeks ago on the cover of Time magazine was a horrific picture with a horrific story.  The photo was of an eighteen year old Afghani woman, Bibi Aisha, who fled her abusive husband and his abusive family.  Days later the Taliban found her and dragged her to a mountain clearing where she was found guilty of violating Sharia Law.  Her punishment was immediate.  She was pinned to the ground by four men while her husband sliced off her ears, and then he cut off her nose.  That is the enemy.
  • Our parents and grandparents saw the swastika and recoiled, understood the threat and destroyed the Nazis.  We see the banner of Radical Islam and can do no less.

Sermon delivered by Rabbi Shlomo Lewis of Atlanta

I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Oliver Stone, Another Progressive Bigot Goes Public

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 28, 2010

In early June, Leftist Helen Thomas came out of the closet.  As posted on June 5, 2010, long-time White Housereporter and self-proclaimed “proud to be a liberal” Thomas (“Liberal Thomas …”) told Jews in Israel that “They should go home…. To Poland, Germany.”  The fact that Jews were nearly gassed into extinction just a half a century earlier in these same two countries was not lost to Thomas.

While Thomas resigned after her words were caught on tape, the press and Liberals gave her pass on the anti-Semitic rant.  These Liberals burry any story that exposes the Progressive movement’s deep-seated racist beliefs that go hand-in-hand with their superiority complex.

This week another well-known Left-winger, producer Oliver Stone, has gone public with his bigotry.  In an interview with the Sunday Times, Stone made the following statements:

About Jews:

  • America’s focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the “Jewish domination of the media.  ……  Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed].”  Mr. Stone, your knowledge of history is lacking and your logic flawed.  You did not mention the Stalin signed a “Non-Aggression Pact” with Hitler and brutally attacked Poland in 1939 with his then Nazi partners.
  • There’s a major lobby in the United States.  They are hard workers.  They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington.  Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”

Translation: Stone is an apologist for the Holocaust and Israel and the Jews are responsible for the problems of the world.

Mr. Stone, you are just another bigot, but with money and a well-healed propaganda apparatus.  Fortunately, General Dwight Eisenhower understood revisionists like you would come along when he famously said: “Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.”  Ironically one of those “bastards” turned be a famous film producer who would make Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minster, proud.

About Hitler, Stalin, Chavez and Iran’s Mullahs:

  • Stone said that his upcoming Showtime documentary, “Secret History of America,” seeks to put Hitler and Communist dictator Joseph Stalin “in context.”  ……  ”  Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr Frankenstein.  German industrialists, the Americans and the British.  He had a lot of support.”  Mr. Stone, by “context” you mean revisionist propaganda.  Stalin brutally murdered millions of his own people and Hitler was responsible for killing tens of millions.  See them in a positive context requires a special type of perversion.
  • Stone called Venezuelan’ socialist president Hugo Chavez, “a brave, blunt, earthy“.  And dismissed criticism of Chavez’s human rights record stating: “The internet’s fully free [in Venezuela].
  • Stone slammed the U.S. policy toward Iran as “horrible.”  “Iran isn’t necessarily the good guy, but we don’t know the full story.

Translation: In Stone’s perverted world, despots are acceptable if they agree with his Progressive beliefs.  Stone pushes blame for Hitler and Stalin on Capitalist, keeping with these Progressive views.  Finally, he justifies modern dictators because they offset the power of American, who he views with disdain, again in keeping with Progressive views

The number of Progressives on the Left who have expressed racist, anti-Semitic and/or anti-American views is growing.  Stone and Thomas are part of a group that includes the likes of Jesse Jackson, Reverend Wright and Luis Farrakhan and many others.  It seems more than coincidence that these deep-seated views boil to the top only after America elects its most Progressive President.

Middle-of-the-road Leftist have for too long accepted racists within their larger group in the hope that they would mellow as the Left obtained political power.  The opposite has occurred.  As Plato so aptly said: “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

The silence from the Left overwhelming.  The silence from our President is a tragedy.

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Why Obama Dislikes the Brits

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 12, 2010

On December 15, 2009, this Blog posted an article “Obama’s Vendetta Against Britain” that discussed the President’s snubs against one of America’s staunchest allies, Great Britain.  These snubs began shortly after the inauguration when Obama returned to Britain a Winston Churchill bust located in the Oval Office that Britain loaned to America as a sign of solidarity after the 9/11 attacks.  The snubs continued at the President’s West Point speech when he announced he was sending more American troops to Afghanistan, but included no mention of Britain’s major contribution to the war effort.

Obama telegraphed his dislike for the Brits in his book, “The Audacity of Hope” when he compared the British Empire to South Africa’s apartheid regime and the Soviet Union.  However, another explanation for his problem with Great Britain emerges with a bit of dot connecting.

One of Britain’s greatest statesmen was Winston Church.  If not for Churchill it is likely that not only England, but the entire western world, would be different and for the worse today.  Churchill’s determination and leadership kept Britain from capitulating to the Nazi’s when ransom indicated otherwise.  But there was an equally important part of Churchill that made him a great visionary.

Churchill saw the inherent evil in the Nazis at a time when Progressives wanted to negotiate with them.  That vision also enabled him to see the evil in Stalin’s Communist regime.  Unfortunately the British people tossed Churchill out of power after the war when his vision for the future required continued sacrifice, a difficult pill for democracies to swallow.

Churchill’s vision also included a view of Islam that he wrote about over a hundred years ago (forwarded by a friend and posted below) that is profound given the violence that has come from many Islamic countries in recent times.  Churchill’s views may have played a role in Obama retuning Churchill’s bust to England.  It may also play a role in his dislike for modern Britain, especially given Britain’s strong stance against militant Islam and their support of America in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Obama has coddled up to America’s adversaries and reached out to the Islamic world in unprecedented ways.  At the same time he has snubbed two of our most dependable allies, Great Britain and Israel.  While very different countries, there are two similarities between Great Britain and Israel: 1) both are America’s strongest allies and 2) both have been a bulwark against militant Islam.  The pattern from Obama has emerged that is quite troubling.

Winston Churchill said:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

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North Korea Sinks South Korean Ship-II

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 26, 2010

We have received a thought-provoking response to yesterday’s posting related to North Korea’s torpedoing a South Korean naval vessel killing over 30 sailors (North Korea Sinks South Korean Ship). A reader took umbrage to this Blog’s criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy and blaming his policies for the belligerent actions of North Korea and Iran.

Posted below is this Blog’s response and criticism received.  The exchange shows one difference between those that see America as the problem and those that see it as the solution.

Enduringsense’s Response

OK, you asked a question that I assume wasn’t meant to be rhetorical so I’ll answer it.

What do you suggest President Obama does to handle Iran and North Korea?”  First Obama needs to start treating our friends like allies and enemies like adversaries.  His Kumbaya approach to foreign policy has failed.  The bad guys are more belligerent since the election and that is in response to his policies.  They are testing a president that they see as weak and that has increased the likelihood of conflict, not decreased it.  Wars occur when one side misjudges the other side.  That is occurring with North Korea and Iran.

As for your comment: “Starting a war with either country (especially Iran) is not a viable option given the current state of our military and the lack of public support for another war”, is the reasoning England and France used in 1937 when confronted with and aggressive Nazi Germany.  Had the western powers started the war against Hitler in 1937, tens of millions would have been spared.  Thus the appeasers have culpability in what came.

Finally, it’s time to stop making excuses for Obama’s failures such as: “What did G.W. Bush do to crack down on Iran and North Korea that Obama has backed off on?” Obama should not be judged by his predecessors’ failures.  He ran on a platform for foreign policy that promised a safer world with his diplomatic approach.  Obama has not met that promise and needs to be held accountable.  He got plenty of passes on his poor judgment before the election.  It’s time to stop the whining.  He is the president and the buck stops with him.

Readers Criticism of Enduringsense’s Posting

What do you suggest President Obama does to handle Iran and North Korea?  Starting a war with either country (especially Iran) is not a viable option given the current state of our military and the lack of public support for another war. China and Russia have denied harsher sanctions from the UN for both countries as well. Obama’s options seem limited at this point.

What did G.W. Bush do to crack down on Iran and North Korea that Obama has backed off on? North Korea and Iran have been building nuclear weapons for years, not just since Obama came into office. I think the problem is that both countries have us between a rock and a hard place and they know it. They can afford to make demands and engage in the saber-rattling that they are so fond of.

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Alan Dershowitz & the Fallacy of Progressivism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 24, 2010

Alan Dershowitz is a renowned law professor from Harvard University and also a Progressive in the truest sense.  However, yesterday Mr. Dershowitz wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal that included some very anti-progressive views.  It is a worthy read.

Dershowitz outlines the dangers of allowing Iran to go nuclear.

  • The gravest threat faced by the world today is a nuclear-armed Iran.
  • There are several ways in which Iran could use nuclear weapons.  The first is by dropping an atomic bomb on Israel, as its leaders have repeatedly threatened to do.  Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran, boasted in 2004 that an Iranian attack would kill as many as five million Jews.
  • But there are other ways in which a nuclear-armed Iran would endanger the world.  First, it would cause an arms race in which every nation in the Middle East would seek to obtain nuclear weapons.
  • Fourth, it would embolden the most radical elements in the Middle East to continue their war of words and deeds against the United States and its allies.
  • And finally, it would inevitably unleash the law of unintended consequences:
  • In these respects, allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons is somewhat analogous to the decision by the victors of World War I to allow Nazi Germany to rearm during the 1930s.

It is not often that I agree with Alan Dershowitz, but on this subject we are in lock step.  There are few good options when it comes to Iran.  However, allowing them to go nuclear is the worst for reasons stated by Dershowitz.

Dershowitz does not stop at outlining the dangers of a nuclear Iran.  He then take offs after the Progressive-in-Chief, Barack Obama, comparing Obama to English Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain who appeased Hitler.

“Most people today are not aware that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain helped restore Great Britain’s financial stability during the Great Depression and also passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits, pay pensions to retired workers and otherwise help those hit hard by the slumping economy.  But history does remember his failure to confront Hitler.  That is Chamberlain’s enduring legacy.

So too will Iran’s construction of nuclear weapons, if it manages to do so in the next few years, become President Barack Obama’s enduring legacy.  Regardless of his passage of health-care reform and regardless of whether he restores jobs and helps the economy recover, Mr. Obama will be remembered for allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.”

While Dershowitz is correct on his assessment of how history will judge President Obama should Iran go nuke on his watch, Dershowitz fails to take the discussion to the next step: the complicity that he and other Progressives have in this unacceptable result.

Progressivism is more than a few programs or policies.  It is an overall philosophy that includes making individuals subservient to institutions.  It believes in a world order over the independence of countries.  Let us not forget that one of the fathers of Progressivism, Woodrow Wilson, helped give the world the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles.  These, coupled with fellow Progressive Neville Chamberlain, helped set the stage for World War-II.

Yes Mr. Dershowitz, one of “The gravest threat faced by the world today is a nuclear-armed Iran”.  But instead your fellow Progressives are focusing on Global Warming and socializing American healthcare in a drive for evermore governmental authority of individuals.

There are only limited ways to guarantee Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons.  They include some sort of outside interference in Iran’s affairs ranging from assisting its citizens in regime change to direct military intervention.  None can be done under the spineless United Nations.  All require some sort of preemptive action, the type Progressives have ranted against long before George W. Bush even became president.

Mr. Dershowitz, you stated: “And finally, it [nuclear Iran] would inevitably unleash the law of unintended consequences. How true!  However, unintended consequences come in many forms and for many reasons.  Over the years you have often used your intellect to often justify and promote Progressive causes, alongside many others in the academic world.  The success of these actions affected the perceptions of some Americans, tilting the Country in a more Progressive direction, one reason behind the election of Barrack Obama as President.  Intended or not, it is a consequence.  While your words in the Journal are eloquently put, it’s tough to put the genie back in the bottle.

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