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|Inability--Or Unwillingness--To Recognize Evil|
From Hillary's Press Release regarding the visit of President Ahmedinijad to Columbia University:
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That's right: nothing.
So here's what she had to say yesterday during her media blitz:
on FNS: Do you think that Columbia should rescind that invitation?" SEN. CLINTON: "Well, I'm going to leave that up to Columbia, but I was outraged that he wanted to go to Ground Zero and did speak out very forcefully and thankfully he will not go to Ground Zero.
On CNN: "Well, if I were a president of the university, I would not have invited him. He's a Holocaust denier. He's a supporter of terrorism. But I also respect the right in our country to make different decisions."
Barack Obama on Ahmedinijad:
"I would not have extended an invitation to give President Ahmadinejad another platform for his hateful rhetoric. Adolph Hitler was the worst mass murderer in the history of the world, and Ahmadinejad's denial of his crimes is offensive to Jews, to Americans, and to all people of goodwill. But this is America, and we should never be afraid to confront the ranting lies of dictators like Ahmadinejad with the power of truth and the strength of our own values. What Ahmadinejad will learn while he's here is that America is united in rejection of his hateful views, and in opposition to the Iranian government's support of terrorism and pursuit of nuclear weapons."
John Edwards on Ahmedinijad:
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Harry Reid on Ahmedinijad:
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Nancy Pelosi on Ahmedinijad:
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Of those who said anything, none of the Democratic leadership even bothered to mention the Iranian regime's killing of Americans in Iraq, its role in the Hezbollah proxy war with Israel last year, nor its role in Hezbollah's murder of the Marines in Beirut in 1983.
A simple statement of outrage at Columbia would suffice; followed with a strong condemnation of Ahmedinijad in all his roles; followed by an affirmation of American will to win--that's how you confront a genocidal maniac.
"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an enemy of America, Israel, and the entire free world. We should never remain silent when evil makes an appearance.
"We will not allow a nuclear Iran. Period. We will work with our allies and use every tool at our disposal to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. That is not a threat. It’s a promise. Iran is the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, the host of Bin Laden’s son and other top al-Qaeda leaders, and the supplier of weapons being used to kill American soldiers in Iraq. His promises to destroy America and Israel should not, can not, and will not be ignored.
"It is a sad reflection on the United Nations that the General Assembly and Human Rights Council have ignored these actions and instead focused attention on demonizing the State of Israel.
You must speak plainly when dealing with evil--it speaks plainly about you. So Rudy's statement hits all the right notes, and does not equivocate even one tiny bit about Ahmedinijad's "right" to be here, our obligations to the U.N., or our "unity" of purpose.
What is astonishing is just how far the Left has fallen on this count. The same party that drew a line in Korea, and then in Vietnam, is now weak about even talking about drawing a line in New York City. And while Lee Bollinger's speech before Ahmedinijad's was "full of insults," he still bothered to ask him to speak.
Just imagine what would raise the ire of the Left enough to prevent a speaker on campus. Oh, wait, we don't have to imagine--we already know that they'll go to extraordinary lengths to keep Ann Coulter from speaking, and if you dare to mention that men and women might just be different, that will get you run off campus.
This is why this party can not be trusted with power. Harry Reid will forever pontificate about how Senate Democrats will "never give in, never give in, never, never, never" in declaring defeat, but he--and his fellows--will never find the real courage of confronting those who would kill us and ending them.
It is a pathology: to assume that not speaking of evil, and not confronting evil, makes evil go away, or miraculously turns evil to something else is to deny all of human history and experience. Regardless of the political expediency of diplomatic language, real evil such as Ahmedinijad and the Iranian regime must be called out and confronted.
Does anybody seriously think any Democrat would take the necessary steps to end this regime.
Though, for that matter, I'm not holding my breath that the current administration is willing to do much, either.