Monday, October 27, 2008


Following up on Mark Levin's post from The Corner yesterday (a key quote I posted here), Melanie Phillips asks, "Is America Really Going To Do This?"

She makes many excellent points, but here are a few key ones:
...the only way to assess their position is to look at each man in the round, at what his general attitude is towards war and self-defence, aggression and appeasement, the values of the west and those of its enemies and – perhaps most crucially of all – the nature of the advisers and associates to whom he is listening. As I have said before, I do not trust McCain; I think his judgment is erratic and impetuous, and sometimes wrong. But on the big picture, he gets it. He will defend America and the free world whereas Obama will undermine them and aid their enemies.

Here’s why. McCain believes in protecting and defending America as it is. Obama tells the world he is ashamed of America and wants to change it into something else. McCain stands for American exceptionalism, the belief that American values are superior to tyrannies. Obama stands for the expiation of America’s original sin in oppressing black people, the third world and the poor.

Obama thinks world conflicts are basically the west’s fault, and so it must right the injustices it has inflicted. That’s why he believes in ‘soft power’ — diplomacy, aid, rectifying ‘grievances’ (thus legitimising them, encouraging terror and promoting injustice) and resolving conflict by talking. As a result, he will take an axe to America’s defences at the very time when they need to be built up. He has said he will ‘cut investments in unproven missile defense systems’; he will ‘not weaponize space’; he will ‘slow our development of future combat systems’; and he will also ‘not develop nuclear weapons,’ pledging to seek ‘deep cuts’ in America’s arsenal, thus unilaterally disabling its nuclear deterrent as Russia and China engage in massive military buildups.

McCain understands that an Islamic war of conquest is being waged on a number of diverse fronts which all have to be seen in relation to each other. For Obama, however, the real source of evil in the world is America. The evil represented by Iran and the Islamic jihadists is apparently all America’s fault. ‘A lot of evil’s been perpetuated based on the claim that we were fighting evil,’ he said. Last May, he dismissed Iran as a tiny place which posed no threat to the US -- before reversing himself the very next day when he said Iran was a great threat which had to be defeated. He has also said that Hezbollah and Hamas have ‘legitimate grievances’. Really? And what might they be? Their grievances are a) the existence of Israel b) its support by America c) the absence of salafist Islam in the world. Does Obama think these ‘grievances’ are legitimate?

To solve world conflict, Obama places his faith in the UN club of terror and tyranny, which is currently fuelling the murderous global demonisation of Israel for having the temerity to defend itself and is even now preparing for a rerun of its own anti-Jew hate-fest of Durban 2, which preceded 9/11 by a matter of days.

McCain understands that Israel is the victim rather than the victimiser in the Middle East, that it is surrounded by genocidal enemies whose undiminished intention is to destroy it as a Jewish state, and that is both the first line of defence against the Islamist attack on the free world and its most immediate and important target.

Even Joe the Plughead has warned us about the dangers America will face because of an Obama presidency--and his analysis is correct; because not only would Obama's "mettle" be tested by our enemies, but because those enemies already have acquired a pretty good idea of the quality of that "mettle"--or rather, the lack thereof.

Biden, as well as any nation or terror group who has been listening to the vascilating, appeasing words of The One, knows full well how Obama will respond in a crisis situation: it will be the way he has always responded, i.e., Blame America First. He is a dream-come-true for the jihadists; their ace in the hole and their best chance for success on all fronts in the war they are waging against western values.

McCain may have a lot of faults, but he understands clearly that America is still that shining city on a hill; a beacon of freedom and liberty for a world that is slowly but surely being engulfed by the darkness of a new tyranny.

To stand agains that tyranny, we need a person whose mettle--i.e, character--is tough, tested and true; and not a pleasantly charismatic demagogue, completely seduced by the ideology of that same darkness.

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