"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.Senator Barack Obama responded in a statement:
"We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is—the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."
"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack.... George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the president's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."Sounds to me the Senator has a guilty conscience.
There are people on both sides of the aisle who have advocated talking with our enemies without strings attached. In the President's speech, Obama was never mentioned. In fact, he didn't mention by name any living politician or statesman in relation to appeasement. He could have been speaking of a hypothetical individual for all we really know.
Bush could have been talking about Carter. Just two weeks ago, former Pres. Jimmy Carter travelled to the Middle East to confer with our enemies. He returned with the announcement, "Peace in our time." OK, that was Neville Chamberlain. What Carter said was, "Hamas indicated... that if Israel is willing to have a mutual ceasefire and a renunciation of violence in Gaza and in the West Bank, they will accept it, and as a first step they would even accept just limiting that to Gaza."
That's not substantially different from what Chamberlain said. Chamberlain just said it better. However, Chamberlain was the head of government and could talk to a potential enemy (England and Germany were not yet at war.) Carter, on the other hand, despite his addled desires, is no longer the head of a government and the US has a law called the Logan Act that makes private citizen diplomacy a federal crime. We ought to use the Act once in awhile.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.