Friday, May 16, 2008

When You Put It LIke That...

You know, I've always held that the meme that Obama is somehow less than supportive of Israel, or wants to appease terrorists in the Middle East is false and ridiculous. I still hold to that, but I must admit I find this disquieting:

It's time to engage in diplomatic efforts to help build a new Lebanese consensus that focuses on electoral reform, an end to the current corrupt patronage system, and the development of the economy that provides for a fair distribution of services, opportunities and employment.

Lee Smith explains what's wrong with Obama's analysis:

Obama's language is derived from those corners of the left that claim Hezbollah is only interested in winning the Shia a larger share of the political process. Never mind the guns, it's essentially a social welfare movement, with schools and clinics! – and its own foreign policy, intelligence services and terror apparatus, used at the regional, international and now domestic level. But the solution, says, Obama, channeling the man he fired [Robert Malley] for talking to Hamas, is diplomacy.

Yeah. Like I said, disquieting.

1 comment:

Mars said...

Rafique,

The US government should not get involve with the crisis in Lebanon. Their problems are their problems. However, it must be made known to them to keep their problems within their state.

I have come to the conclusion that it is unrealistic for the US and the western world to make inroads with liberal democracy in the Muslim world. I am not saying that there are no democratic minded Muslims. But, the political climate in the Muslim world is not conducive for liberal democracy. They have no tradition, no doctrine, and no tolerance for such philosophy or idea to take root.