Facing realities: The Iranian regime and Islamic fundamentalism

Excellent article. These paragraphs don’t summarize the entire thing, but do provide points of reference:

[A]s we witnessed during the “Arab spring,” a thin line divides naive optimism from delusion when the West grasps at straws to convince itself that Islamic fanaticism can be managed diplomatically.

While Israelis have now largely accepted the true nature of Islamic extremism, the Western world remains largely in denial. This is highlighted by the ongoing chant that “Islam is a religion of peace.”

Iran and the rest of the Islamist community — whether Sunni or Shiite — are neither naively optimistic nor delusional about their own intentions.  They are neither naively optimistic nor delusional concerning the West’s obstinate indecision nor the bases for it — matters about which the West appears to be delusional.

There is ample blame to go around in the West, but the United States under the “leadership” of the Obama Administration deserves a disproportionate share. With the rapidly vanishing leadership of the United States and the resultant partial vacuum, other nations — Russia and China, for example — are filling the void. They are not our friends, despite the Administration’s enthusiastically naive claims that they are.


Will the United States ever again be in a position to provide firm, effective leadership? That is becoming increasingly doubtful; were the likelihood to be displayed on a graph, the decline would be shown, not as a straight line, but as an exponentially descending jagged curve. Should the United States ever again be in a position to provide the necessary leadership, major and expensive efforts will be needed to do so.




This article at Politico — by Keith Koffler of White House Dossier — neatly encapsulates President Obama’s “surrealpolitik.”

The consensus in 2009 was that the Norwegian Nobel Committee had done something bizarre and stupid by awarding the Peace Prize to President Obama, who clearly had done nothing to merit it.

“So far, the Right, Left and media all seem to agree that the Nobel Peace Prize committee just beclowned itself,” wrote political strategist Jon Henke at the time.

. . . .

But it turns out the joke was on us.

Obama’s recent advances on several fronts in his war against foreign policy common sense can probably be explained at least in part by the actions of the Nobel Committee. It seems that, in his determination to live up to the prize he didn’t deserve, Obama has summoned every ounce of peacenik naïveté bred into him during bull sessions in his dorm rooms at Occidental and Columbia.

At his own site, Mr. Koffler explains:

The decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to hand Obama the prize was an attempt to make him live up to an award he didn’t deserve by adopting the panel’s naive philosophy of negotiation at all costs. Obama has lived up to expectations, placing faith in the goodwill of bad men who want to negotiate long enough to complete their evil designs.

It’s a callow approach that will do indelible harm to U.S. national security and cost many lives.

That is as good an explanation as any I have read. Not only that, it also makes sense.

Reset button?



Facing realities: The Iranian regime and Islamic fundamentalism | JPost | Israel News.

06/23/2013 22:24
Candidly Speaking: We are on the front line. Our role must be to persuade the world that confronting Iranian and Islamic fundamentalism is not merely an Israeli problem.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani [file].

Iranian President Hassan Rohani [file]. Photo: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi RH/CJF/AA
The enthusiastic media response to the election of the “moderate” and “reformist” Hassan Rohani is reminiscent of the unrealistic drivel which greeted the “Arab Spring.” Indeed, there was perhaps greater justification for the misplaced optimism over the downfall of despotic Arab leaders than in the election of this mullah, one of eight candidates approved by Ayatollah Khamenei from a pool of 686.

While Rohani is far more sophisticated than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (a Holocaust denier who continuously called for Israel to be wiped off the map), he is no moderate. In the past…

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I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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5 Responses to Facing realities: The Iranian regime and Islamic fundamentalism

  1. bunkerville says:

    His leadership has been most effective here in the states. Tomorrow he will close the remaining coal plants, set aside two million acres over some bug. He is well on his way in implementing the destruction of our country. In fact what appears to be a lack of leadership in the world is a ruse IMO. He is accomplishing far more than the progressives could have even dreamed a century ago. He is vastly underestimated. The u.s. will no longer be a world power by the time he gets through.

  2. Ruvy says:

    Dan, Isi lieblwer is a wimp. OUR ISRAELI answer is not to persuade anybody of anything – it is to turn Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and ESPECIALLY Qom into nuclear glass. You Americans can do, think or believe whatever you wish. OUR JOB is to survive to provide ANOTHER generation of Jews on the planet. We don’t have to answer to anybody. Liebler writes like he is still in the damned ghetto.

    Regards to the bride,

    • Ruvy, you say

      OUR ISRAELI answer is not to persuade anybody of anything – it is to turn Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and ESPECIALLY Qom into nuclear glass.

      I wish you all the good luck in the world in doing so. But with few friends in the West and probably fewer that would support such efforts, can Israel do it herself?

      I am not there and even if I were my perspectives would be inadequate. I do read one Israeli on-line English daily when it arrives in my inbox, as well as selected articles from a few others. The sense I get, erroneously I hope, is that now that Israel has been spared constant and potentially devastating rocket barrages for a short period, popular sentiment — much unified during those attacks — is now much divided on such matters as what to do about settlements, how to deal with provocations from Israel’s Arab populations, the impact of Jewish religious authority on drafting for the IDF, etc.



  3. shoe1000 says:

    This post is informative, however it wants to point disproportionately at the present government. Driven by economic gain of individuals and not a paradigm, we have sold off our interest in our ability to influence the world from an ethical and moral perspective.
    And before you ask or accuse, I am not a Democrat

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