American Elephants

Making Friends with Hezbollah — Just the Moderate Terrorists. by The Elephant's Child

Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, founded by Iran, funded by Iran, and directed by Iran.  And who is going to do the actual search for the “moderates?” And will they survive the search?  The United States has formally branded Hezbollah a “foreign terrorist organization” but that designation has probably been “renamed’ too.

In all the clever re-naming, not many have noticed that “the War on Terror” has been officially renamed.  The replacement phrase is “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) — every policy must have its acronym — As James Carafano says:

Renaming a war does matter, however, when the act of naming becomes an act in advertising to disguise a really bad strategy.

It’s not the name change that matters — what matters is what it signals.  President Obama has no interest in fighting a war, he wants to pretend that one does not exist.  He wants to run away from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and every threat that confronts the United States as quickly as possible.  CVE is about dodging attacks thrown at the United States.  Then, as long as he can get away with not having some catastrophic disaster on his watch, President Obama will declare victory.

This cedes the initiative to the enemy — and … sooner or later an enemy will take advantage of the opportunity.

Hezbollah is the kind of organization we need to stamp out, not coddle in a fruitless search for moderates.  The mindset is truly amazing.

From Iran: A Rant or A Warning? by The Elephant's Child
May 16, 2010, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Islam, Middle East, Terrorism | Tags: , , ,

From the Associated Press, dated May 15, 2010.

TEHRAN, Iran —A radical cleric called Saturday for the creation of a “Greater Iran” that would rule over the entire Middle East and Central Asia, in an event that he said would herald the coming of Islam’s expected messiah.

Ayatollah Mohammad Bagher Kharrazi said the creation of what he calls an Islamic United States is a central aim of the political party he leads called Hezbollah, or Party of God, and that he hoped to make it a reality if they win the next presidential election.

Mr. Kharrazi’s comments reveal the thinking of a growing number of hard-liners in Iran, many of whom have become more radical during the post-election political crisis and the international standoff over the country’s nuclear program.  Mr. Kharrazi, however, isn’t highly influential in Iran’s clerical hierarchy and his views don’t represent those of the current government.

Mn hmm.  And U.S. Attorney General Erik Holder just cannot bring himself to say the words “Radical Islam.”  Just fills you with confidence.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano blames Americans (those violent tea party types) first, and calls 9/11 a “Man-Caused Disaster.” A disaster it was, but this kind of language — weak, pandering, politically correct, simply avoids not just clear thinking, but thought.  What it says to the rest of the world is”weak.” And that is not a good message to send.

We have an administration that cannot seem to grasp the reality of Islamic radicalism, pressing for month after month for talks with a government that has been leading their followers in shouts of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” steadily ever  since 1979.  Even fairly obvious clues just don’t register with some people.

Still, even President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he expects the government which follows his to be “ten times more revolutionary.”


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