Ken Blackwell

In our Civil War, elections were held regularly. In WWII, Franklin Roosevelt submitted his administration to regularly scheduled elections. During the Battle of Britain, the House of Commons sat daily. When their ancient chamber was bombed, they crossed over and met in the House of Lords. That’s what democracy looks like.

It’s nothing that we see in the PLO. The majority faction of the PLO is called Fatah, Arabic for “Islamic conquest.” No Jews may live under PLO rule. And Christians are finding it increasingly dangerous in their midst.

Secretary Kerry says Israel must live “side-by-side” with a PLO state. That’s the only path to peace, he has decreed. Israel already lives side-by-side with a Hamas-ruled state. Gaza has been ruled by Hamas since 2007, since Western pressure forced Israel to evacuate all areas of the Gaza Strip.

How is that working out? So far, 10,000 rockets have been launched by Hamas against homes, villages, schools, hospitals, churches, and synagogues in Israel. Still, Sec. Kerry assures the world that creating another Terroristan is the only path to peace.

Mr. Kerry seems unaware that Mahmoud Abbas has brokered a cease-fire and a rapprochement—not with Israel—but with Hamas. Thus he shows the world the wolf fangs beneath the sheep’s wool. Everyone can see it except John Kerry and this administration

“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone…” says the Secretary. That’s a strange statement coming from the senior Cabinet officer of this Great Republic. American Secretaries of State have been the subject of controversy since Thomas Jefferson first held that post. Surely, Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Seward, attracted no small amount of criticism. Harry Truman’s Dean Acheson and Dwight Eisenhower’s John Foster Dulles were mercilessly skewered in the press.

So, how does Kerry declare he will not allow his positions to be questioned?

Well, Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t allow criticism of his policies, either. Those Arab majority areas of Judea and Samaria on the West Bank of the River Jordan were once home to locally elected Arab mayors who sought to live in peace with Israel. These mayors were “kneecapped” (shot in the knees) by supporters of Mahmoud Abbas.

Is this the kind of “will not allow” democracy Mr. Kerry has in mind?

John Kerry may yearn for the days when Americans rallied behind our foreign policy, as articulated by our State Department. He may long for the time when “politics stopped at the water’s edge.” But that time is long gone in the Middle East. Pharaoh learned early that when dealing with the Children of Israel, politics does not stop at the water’s edge.

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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