Last Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad posted on his website his most recent anti-Semitic tirade, saying global forces should join together to annihilate Israel. Meanwhile, in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama had a takeout plate of pulled pork and rice.
The Jerusalem Post reported Ahmadinejad as saying, "Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom."
Those words came from the same international leader who called the Holocaust a myth and entreated that Israel should be "wiped off the page of time" in a 2005 speech.
One might think Ahmadinejad's caustic influence would play out with only extremists, until one realizes that his words preceded Iran's annual "Quds Day" (Aug. 17), a nationwide event and national holiday (since 1979) during which massive crowds condemn Israel and the U.S. with chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."
To add insult to injury, in the past week, Iranian officials have chided increased Western sanctions as "warfare." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds the last word on all Iranian state matters, retorted that his Islamic Republic can overcome the latest round of sanctions restricting their oil and money. And a top Iranian official said his government will share "experience and capabilities" with the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria.
Tensions with Iran have been ramped up lately way beyond Obama's foreign diplomatic abilities and sanction-only quasi-restrictions. To put it simply, the former senator from Chicago is way over his head. He's playing chess with madmen.
Obama's foreign-relations political waffling is not only a dismal failure but also a detriment to peace, stability and safety in the Middle East. One day he coddles Israelis, assuring them that America will stand by them. The next day he is the pro-Palestinian in chief, dissing Israel's president to the French president. (Remember when Obama belittled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a hot-mic moment after French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he "cannot bear Netanyahu; he's a liar"? Obama replied, "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.")
In 2010, The Jerusalem Post reported that only 10 percent of Jewish Israelis really believed that Obama is "more pro-Israeli" than pro-Palestinian.
With Egypt granting the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power, Syria percolating with chemical weapons -- which some are saying were possibly smuggled from Saddam Hussein's alleged surplus -- Hezbollah perched in Lebanon and Hamas working internal affairs, Israel remains in the cross hairs of the Middle East thugs.