Israel’s Kobayashi Maru

Steve Deace

11/30/2013 12:01:00 AM - Steve Deace

We are now begging Israel to preemptively go to war with Iran and start a conflict that could turn the Middle East from a powder keg into a mushroom cloud.

And it’s not necessarily because the Iranian nuclear arms deal recently orchestrated by Secretary of State John Kerry (say that without shuddering) in Geneva is a bad deal, although there’s evidence it is. For example, The Wall Street Journal concluded this agreement “takes Iran a giant step closer to becoming a de facto nuclear power.” Furthermore, if you pay taxes and you’re reading this you’re going to essentially pay Iran a $7 billion bribe to build nuclear weapons. So now we’re working for the Ayatollahs, too, praise Allah!

On the other hand, is it even possible to cut a good deal with a despotic regime? History is not exactly replete with examples of despots and tyrants keeping their word.

And that’s the point here.

With the Obama Regime’s never-ending quest to cut deals with despots, and then apologize to fanatics and tyrants while simultaneously thwarting freedom and liberty at home and abroad, we are sending allies like Israel a message. And it’s clear if you’re following Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s not-so-enthusiastic response to this deal his country has received that message loud and clear.

That message is you no longer have the benefit of American doubt. You’re no longer a simpatico, but rather just another global interest competing for American backing and loyalty. We’re now going to draw a moral equivalency between you and your adversaries when previously we assumed none existed—that’s why we were allies.

Similar to how progressive Leftists do not believe it is government’s job to protect Constitutionally-defined rights but rather to redefine the Constitution, the Obama Regime does not believe it has a moral imperative to defend our allies but rather redefine our enemies into allies by ignoring what made them enemies in the first place. That sounds great within the hermetically-sealed ivory towers of academia where most of these progressives hail from, but in the real world all it does is turn our allies into new enemies while aiding and abetting the enemies of old.

Just ask Neville Chamberlain.

It would be tough enough to ask the Israelis to trust such a Faustian bargain with the Ayatollahs who have their eradication in their own constitution under the best of circumstances, but if they really believed we had their back as we always have they might be willing to give this process a chance and see it through to avoid war. However, the Israelis would be fools to believe we have their back, and they know we don’t which is why they don’t trust the process.

Would you believe an American foreign policy that leaves its own soldiers and diplomats for dead in Libya, and then lies about it?

Would you believe an American foreign policy that treats each of its own citizens as a potential terrorist, so it spies on them?

Would you believe an American foreign policy that says “we are no longer a Christian nation” in Egypt, but then praises “the holy Qur’an” in the same speech to the same audience?

Would you believe an American foreign policy that gives rise to the Muslim Brotherhood, and then publicly condemns the freedom fighters on the streets of Cairo who want to be rid of these Jihadist oppressors?

Would you believe an American foreign policy that once praised Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for providing “the road to peace” according to Nancy Pelosi, and was being wined and dined by Secretary Kerry, but then after years of allowing him to brutalize his own people wants American soldiers to fight him alongside Al-Qaeda of all people in a Syrian civil war?

Of course you wouldn’t trust these people if you were Netanyahu, and it’s obvious he doesn’t trust them, either. So that leaves Netanyahu with essentially two options. The bad option and the really bad option.

The bad option is to unilaterally strike Iran militarily, and hope that doesn’t spark all-out war in the Middle East by bringing Arab forces that do not like and trust the Iranians to their aid in order to fight their mutual enemy—the Israelis. Essentially the Israelis would be gambling somebody like Saudi Arabia, which doesn’t want a nuclear Iran any more than the Israelis do, would stay out of it. That’s a big gamble.

However, an even bigger gamble would be doing nothing, watch the Iranians take the money from the American taxpayer and run while laughing all the way to the nearest Uranium enrichment center. And then expect a nation that has been the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world for a generation, and is a haven for Islamic radicalism, will just be content to have weapons of mass destruction and not use them.

If you were Benjamin Netanyahu which would you decide? This is a true Kobayashi Maru for the Israelis. A real no-win scenario. There are a lot of men in the world I’d like to trade places with.

Benjamin Netanyahu is not one of them.

Another man I would not trade places with right now is American pastor Saeed Abedini, who continues to be held in one of the worst prisons in the world by the Iranian government for evangelizing. President Obama did mention Abedini in his recent direct interaction with the Iranians, but sadly securing Abedini’s release is not part of this deal. It’s hard to believe $7 billion in American taxpayer dollars is not enough to buy Abedini’s freedom.

But he wouldn’t be the first American left behind in the Middle East by the Obama Regime, would he?

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem? “May they be secure who love you.”
Psalm 122:6