By VICTOR SHARPE—
There is an ancient Talmudic saying best summarized as: “Those who are kind to the cruel in the end will be cruel to the kind.”
We first saw this warning vividly and sorrowfully cast aside at the Summit of All Americas as President Obama, during his first term in office, smiled and warmly embraced the late and unlamented thug, Hugo Chavez, who sat astride Venezuela while its frail democracy died by a “thousand cuts” under his growing dictatorship.
Obama greeted Hugo Chavez just 24 hours after the Venezuelan ruler had said, “The United States Empire is on its way down and will be finished in the near future, inshallah!” The Arabic word Chavez uttered loosely means, “If Allah wills it.”
Chavez had morphed into an Islamist sympathizer after his love fest with the Iranian racist and bigot, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Indeed Iran had found a willing ally in Chavez.
We have also seen the words of that ancient wisdom flouted as our president held hands with the Castro brothers, while their political prisoners watched in mute torment from their Cuban jails. And even after Obama’s naïve outreach, Fidel Castro called President Obama, “superficial.”
We have seen this misplaced kindness in the endless prattle that President Obama dispenses to all and sundry as he preaches that America is no longer a super power imbued with an innate decency and morality. In this president’s conviction, the Unites States is merely the equal of all other nations.
Mr. President, is America now the equivalent of the Iranian theocracy, the Sudanese, Syrian and Saudi Arabian autocracies, the North Korean dictatorship, the basket cases of Zimbabwe and Somalia, ad nauseum?
According to President Obama, the United States of America has much to apologize to the world for; a theme he obsessively returns to on his foreign jaunts.
While in Europe some years ago he shrugged off the pleas of then French President Sarkozy to visit the WW II graves of some 12,500 American soldiers who died on the Normandy beaches because, as he suggested, “it might offend the Germans.”
Perhaps he was not moved by the graves of American soldiers who died in their thousands during two world wars to liberate Europe’s blood stained landscape.
In Barack Obama’s vision, America is now merely the equal of every tin pot tyranny, dictatorship, oligarchy and Islamic theocracy in the world.
We can call this the president’s twilight zone vision of America, or the Obama Moral Equivalency Nation, OMEN for short. And what a frightful and dire omen it has proven to be and portends for our future.
We have seen what the president does with our natural enemies; those who practice the worst human rights violations. He reaches out to them oblivious of the fact that these hard hearted monsters will play him like a skilled angler reeling in a freshly caught fish.
His kindness to the assorted international thugs and gangsters from Iran to Cuba and from Syria to Venezuela may well kill the greatness that is America.
Then there is the memory of this American president bowing obsequiously to the Saudi King or listening in silence for nearly an hour while Daniel Ortega lectured him on all the perceived ills of the United States. That was beyond demeaning, especially so when Obama not once stood up for America during the impudent harangue.
What are we to make of President Obama’s attitude towards Iran when he made humiliating overtures to the evil Mahmoud Ahmedinijad who plumbed new depths of squalor in his repeated anti-Semitic ravings at the so-called UN Racism Conference in Geneva and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
When the people in Tehran pleaded for his help as they rose up against the wicked regime of the Iranian mullahs, this president proved by his deliberate inaction that America under his leadership cannot be counted on to truly support real democratic yearnings. And how many of Obama’s red lines dissolved as North Korea launched missiles and Syria fired chemical weapons? These barbarous regimes ignored with contempt the empty warnings of President Obama and his then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. And just recently, Vladimir Putin visibly displayed utter disdain towards the American president.
President Barak Obama is now five years in office and much has already changed in America as he promised it would when he pledged that he would “transform” America; but it has not been for the good. Despite his Amen Chorus in the mainstream media, which sees no evil and hears no evil, the country may be slowly awakening. Scandals galore must eventually, one hopes, intrude even into the minds of the low information voters.
Let us hope then that Obama’s misplaced kindness to the world’s cruel villains does not imperil those few remaining allies who still cherish kindness towards America.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer with articles and essays published in FrontPageMag.com, Townhall.Com, Outpost, American Thinker, Renew America, Family Security Matters, Canada Free Press, Page One Daily, The Jerusalem Connection, Israel National News and many other publications. He is also the author of the trilogy Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state, as well as a book of short stories titled, The Blue Hour.