Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
Christians are certainly familiar with Jesus’ words to the woman at the well. “Salvation is from the Jews,” he tells her in John 4:22. And this has always stood as a stumbling block to anti-Semitism in the Church. It is hard to imagine how one can be a true Christian and be an anti-Semite, too.
But this wonderful phrase is also true in a worldly sense—and especially so in the nuclear age. In August 1939, Albert Einstein’s letter warning President Roosevelt of Nazi capabilities in atomic weapons research was hand-carried to the White House. Having fled Hitler Germany for Princeton, Einstein was the world’s most celebrated scientist and a leading member of the Jewish community. Calmly, FDR turned to his military aide, Gen. Edwin (“Pa”) Watson and said: “Pa, this requires action.” With those four words, Roosevelt commenced the greatest crash weapons program in history. Knowing that the U.S. was leading in this vital research area gave confidence to our diplomacy and our successful waging of the Second World War.
Admiral Hyman Rickover graduated from the Naval Academy and faced anti-Semitism throughout his career. Still, he pressed on to create the nuclear Navy. By his bulldog determination, Rickover gave America the means to withstand a Soviet nuclear first strike and still wipe out that evil empire. Knowing that Rickover’s submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) could deliver a knockout blow—even if the continental U.S. had been destroyed--provided the balance in what Churchill called the balance of terror.
Now, the world is distracted and distressed. Financial meltdowns, ethnic conflicts, and a toxic popular culture combine to unfocus our gaze. Iran is proceeding—boldly, defiantly—toward nuclear weapons. The Obama administration clearly has no idea how to prevent this.
Mr. Obama assures Israelis if they like their country they can keep it. But his word is not to be relied upon.
Can it be that salvation—at least in this temporal sense—is once more to come from the Jews? Nothing can be clearer than that if the world must rely on Barack Obama to stop the Iranians, they will not be stopped.
Only Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has shown the courage, the careful focus, the intelligent analysis required to see the situation clearly. We are forever being told that the Israelis depend on us. In truth, it is the other way around. We must now depend on them.