In 1933, the Oxford Union debating society considered a resolution: “This House will under no circumstances fight for King and Country.” It passed by 275 votes to 153. Apparently, Hitler was told of the passage of his resolution, and it encouraged him to believe that Britain would do nothing to interfere with his depradations. Many other events–in Britain, in France, and in the US–sent similar messages.
Fast-forward to the present. Put yourself in the shoes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and consider what conclusions you might draw from recent events in the U.S.
1)San Francisco decided to kill the Junior ROTC program in the high schools, despite the fact that this program was totally elective and was strongly supported by many students. “We need to teach a curriculum of peace,” said one teacher opposed to the ROTC program.
2)The newly-empowered Charlie Rangel is introducing legislation to restore the draft. From the language Congressman Rangel has used to justify his proposal, it seems clear that he is far more interested in tying the hands of the President with regard to the use of military force than he is in increasing deployable troop levels.
3)Ambassador to the UN John Bolton has been a strong supporter of Israel and a strong opponent of the misuse of “human rights” by UN committees and assorted dictators. Leading Democrats want to take him out of his job.
4)Nancy Pelosi is apparently still supporting Alcee Hastings for chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, despite the fact that Hastings was impeached and removed from office when he was a federal judge. Pelosi evidently disapproves of ranking Democratic committee member Jane Harman because she has been insufficiently partisan. Pelosi’s behavior is certainly not that of a leader who is seriously concerned about threats to national security and wants to encourage a bipartisan pulling-together to meet those threats.
5) Jimmy Carter, a former U.S. President, has just come out with a book that is vitriolically critical of Israel.
If you are Ahmadinejad, what do events such as these tell about about the likelhood that the U.S. would take strong action to prevent you from obtaining nuclear weapons?…and from using these weapons against Israel? (for starters)