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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama's Stockholm Syndrome?

Writing at Newsmax, Dick Morris refers to President Obama's posture on Iran as Stockholm Syndrome (Hat Tip: MDK).
In classic Stockholm Syndrome fashion, the Obama administration is empathizing more with the Iranian leaders who are holding Israel hostage than with the nation that may be wiped off the map if Iran acquires the bomb.
I disagree with Morris' use of the term Stockholm Syndrome:
Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in abducted hostages, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger or risk in which they have been placed. The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28 in 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their victimizers, and even defended their captors after they were freed from their six-day ordeal. The term "Stockholm Syndrome" was coined by the criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who assisted the police during the robbery, and referred to the syndrome in a news broadcast.
Sorry but Obama is not the one in danger and not the one being held hostage. But the rest of Morris' analysis is spot-on (and should sound familiar to my regular readers):
Obama's end-of-the-year deadline for Iranian talks aimed at stopping its progress toward nuclear weapons is just window dressing without the threat of military action. As Metternich wrote, "diplomacy without force is like music without instruments." By warning only of possible strengthening of economic sanctions if the talks do not progress, Obama is making an empty threat. The sanctions will likely have no effect because Russia and China will not let the United Nations act as it must if it is to deter Iranian nuclear weapons.

All this means is that Israel's life is in danger. If Iran gets the bomb, it will use it to kill six million Jews. No threat of retaliation will make the slightest difference. One cannot deter a suicide bomber with the threat of death. Nor can one deter a theocracy bent on meriting admission to heaven and its virgins by one glorious act of violence. Iran would probably not launch the bomb itself, anyway, but would give it to its puppet terrorists to send to Israel so it could deny responsibility. Obama, bent on appeasement, would likely not retaliate with nuclear weapons. And Israel will be dead and gone.

Those sunshine Jewish patriots who voted for Obama must realize that we, as Jews, are witnessing the possible end of Israel. We are in the same moral position as our ancestors were as they watched Hitler’s rise but did nothing to pressure their favorite liberal Democratic president, FDR, to take any real action to save them or even to let Jewish refugees into the country. If we remain complacent, we will have the same anguish at watching the destruction of Israel that our forebears had in witnessing the Holocaust.

Because one thing is increasingly clear: Barack Obama is not about to lift a finger to stop Iran from developing the bomb. And neither is Hillary Clinton.
So if it's not Stockholm Syndrome, what is it? I believe that Obama's behavior is typical of the radical Left, which is at best indifferent and at worst hostile to Israel's continued existence. It's not going to change. He's not going to step in to bail us out at the last minute. And our government had better be able to look him in the eye and tell him (seconds at most before the planes are about to hit) that we will not live with a nuclear Iran and that he had better get used to it.


At 8:58 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - no doubt you've heard about the world's response to North Korea's second test of a nuclear bomb - a slap on the wrist. The most Israel can expect if Iran tests a nuclear bomb is a pro-forma UN condemnation. If Israel wants to trust the US after its fecklessness vis a vis NK, then it shouldn't be surprised when the US does nothing about an Iranian nuclear bomb.

The bottom line is no one else will defend Israel. That is the message from today's news from NK.


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