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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Can GWB play JFK?

In today's New York Sun, Rick Richman has a message for President Bush (Hat Tip: Noah Pollak):
In 1963, John F. Kennedy uttered a single sentence that rallied the West, and resounded throughout the long Cold War.

Standing before the besieged citizens of Berlin, Mr. Kennedy told them, in German, that he was a citizen of their city. The sentence — "Ich bin ein Berliner" — has entered the annals of history, but it was the paragraphs leading up to it that rendered it significant:

"There are many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin.

"There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin.

"And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin.

"I want to say, on behalf of my countrymen, who live many miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, who are far distant from you, that they take the greatest pride that they have been able to share with you, even from a distance, the story of the last 18 years. …

"All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner.'"


No one remembers President Kennedy's meetings in Berlin, or the subjects he discussed in his meetings. They remember only a dramatic act of moral clarity. When President Bush travels to Israel, history will be waiting for him in Sderot.
Read the whole thing.


At 2:10 AM, Blogger J. Lichty said...

I can nearly guarantee that Bush will not visit Sderot.

He is not there to do anything but tear down settlements and pay his respects to Arafat's AIDS infested tomb with his good friend the man of peace with the nom de guerre.

Hail King Theoden and his wormtounge Condi Rice.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger yitz said...

I am waiting for Rice to say "Ana Dhimmi khabir"
Bush will probably say "Ana falastini" and teh arabs will answer him "inte majhnoon"

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