Who Can You Believe?

A noted person is quoted in today’s news saying he “considers it extremely unlikely that the American people consent to the billions of dollars of annual expenditure from [their] treasury for this [Iraq] military misadventure.” The same man added: “You are witnessing daily that under the pretext of ‘the war on terror,’ civil liberties in the United States are being increasingly curtailed. Even the privacy of individuals is fast losing its meaning.” Sounds to me like someone from the liberal opinion makers from within the U.S. who sees Bush as evil and this Iraq war as ridiculous and immoral. These quotes seem pretty mainstream to me. The same leader further warned the new Democratic majority that “they control an important branch of the U. S. Government . . . [so you] will be held to account by the people and by history.” Yes, this does sound exactly like some of the solutions now on daily offer within the U.S.

There is one problem with such a conclusion. These words are not from the American far left, or even from our most liberal expressions of a free press. These are the words of Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejab, telling the American people today what he thinks about the world situation and the United States, whom he has threatened time and again. This is the same man who represses his people, allows no freedom of expression and threatens Christians daily.

I have to wonder, “Who wants to openly agree with this mad-man in Iraq and admit it?” And now we hear talk about dialogue with Iran and Syria. I admit I am completely baffled by such an approach. A nation’s leaders with no will to face hard times and issues like these, without concluding that people like this are nuts, is in deeper trouble than I thought.

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