Wednesday, September 25, 2013

President Obama’s abysmal leadership - yet nobody cares

President Obama in his speech to the UNGA said: “Real breakthroughs on these two issues – Iran’s nuclear program, and Israeli-Palestinian peace – would have a profound and positive impact on the entire Middle East and North Africa.

The world is facing its gravest moments since the Cuban Missile Crisis. If Iran gets the bomb it will probably use it undeterred, since according to Bernard Lewis - “for people with this mindset, M.A.D. is not a constraint; it is an inducement“.  Millions may die.  But what does President Obama put in the same sentence along with the prevention of this looming catastrophe?  The resolution of the Arab –Israeli conflict which ranks 49th in terms of number  of fatalities.  This is absurd. It demonstrates that President Obama either does not understand the magnitude of the Iranian threat or he has inflated the importance of the Arab –Israeli conflict hundredfold .  Either way, his policies are detached from reality.
President Obama and his administration may be detached from reality, but what is really scary is that apparently nobody cares.  This is a systemic malaise of the whole West which has managed  through self delusion to bring itself to the same brink of disaster it had been in 1939.
The only group of people wide awake at this moment is the Israeli leadership. They know that the fate of millions of their countrymen depends on them, and on them alone.

Obama in his speech also said: "Friends of Israel, including the United States, must recognize that Israel’s security as a Jewish and democratic state depend on the realization of a Palestinian state."

President Obama is wrong. The future of Israel, and the world, depends on what PM Netanyahu does about the Iranian nuclear threat, not what President Obama says he would do