Ken Blackwell

Many of us remember reading, or watching, the great Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet.

In the scene of street brawling in the Italian city of Verona, Romeo comes between his dear friend Mercutio and Tybalt, one of the leaders of the teen gangs. Tybalt, we know, is actually fair Juliet’s brother, so Romeo sincerely wants to end the incessant violence.

While Romeo’s arm is extended, Tybalt stabs Mercutio--and flees the scene. The Prince has vowed dire punishment to any who continue their roistering ways. Romeo was trying to protect his friend, and does not realize how seriously Mercutio has been wounded.

“Courage, man,” he says to the stricken Mercutio, “the hurt cannot be much.” Mercutio replies, at first, with his characteristic wit about his stab wound:

No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a
church-door; but 'tis enough,'twill serve: ask for
me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.

Mercutio’s jests end with this bitter rebuke to his dear friend, Romeo:

Why the devil came you between us? I
was hurt under your arm.

Realizing at last how grievously his friend has been injured, Romeo says pathetically, “I thought it for the best.”

This scene comes to mind as I view President Obama’s policy toward the mortal threat Israel faces as Iran’s nuclear ambitions proceed unhindered toward a bomb. The leading ayatollah in Tehran has described Israel as “a one-bomb country.” About that, he is right. One nuclear weapon is all that it would take to kill millions of Israelis. It would be a twenty-minute Holocaust.

President Obama has wasted his first year in office “reaching out” to the mullahs in Tehran. Even now, he absurdly says that the Iranian clerics and the United States have a “mutual interest” in stopping the Taliban in Afghanistan. Just whom does he think is now aiding the Taliban? Can he really be so naive?

For the past year, although they would never admit it, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been pressing a “re-set” button on U.S. policy toward Israel.

Clinton--at Obama’s urging--has demanded that Israel submit to UN oversight of its investigation into the violent boarding of the Turkish supply ship that tried to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Hamas, the terrorist organization committed to the immediate destruction of Israel, runs Gaza. From Gaza, Hamas has launched thousands of missiles into Israel.

The world, including the UN bureaucrats, yawned as Israeli cities and farms came under this rocket attack. Tehran, it is widely known, is arming Hamas, just as it is supplying Hezbollah, the terrorist outfit that rules in Southern Lebanon.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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