What brought it to mind yesterday was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu's address to the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Prime Minister spoke eloquently and clearly and left no room for doubt about Israel's vow to defend herself against attack by Iran or any other enemy in the region.
In his speech he warned the body that Iran could not be trusted and that the new Iranian President, Hasan Rouhani, while smiling a lot and talking peace, was continuing the same policies of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani is doing everything in his power to turn Iran into a nuclear menace albeit with more stealth. And in a veiled reference to our President's unwillingness to deal with the burgeoning problem directly, Netanyahu said that if necessary he would go it alone against Iran and that Israel would never allow the Persian country to possess nuclear weapons.
Folks, there is a clear parallel here to what happened in the world in the 1930s. I am reminded of what happened in Europe almost exactly seventy-five years ago today. On that date, Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Great Britain, reported on the conclusion of his meeting in Munich with Adolph Hilter that he had achieved peace for the times as a result of their meeting. Less than a year later Hitler brutally invaded Poland and World War II began.
And in his speech to the UN recently and in other public pronouncements, Obama says he doesn't think Iran wants nuclear weapons and that he is certain he can talk with Rouhani and come to some agreement to keep the world peaceful. Really?
I think Mr. Netanyahu is "right on the money" with his position. While our naive President, who clearly favors the Muslim world over Israel, talks about peace with Iran, the mullahs have given the green light to continued development of nuclear arms which many think are almost ready for deployment. What will they do with them? Well, since their leaders continue to talk about Israel in terms of liquidating the Jewish state, the answer should be obvious and Americans need to speak out loudly and strongly in support of the only nation in the region that is willing to fight her own battles. They just need a little help from her biggest and, at least formerly, her best ally, the United States.
And for all of my Christian friends here at home, remember that Israel was designated by God as the Promised Land. She worships the God of Abraham, the very God that we worship and the Creator who inspired the writing of the Old Testament, the basis for our moral laws and civil rules to maintain order in a society. If we allow our good friends to suffer because we have a President who looks the other way, that same God will look on us with disfavor. He loves us but he can also show us His wrath if He feels it necessary.
I don't know about you, but I plan to Stand with Israel. With the help of God, may she fly her Star of David proudly and may we always stand at her side. At a time when our policies have cost us so many friends and so much prestige in the world, now is the time to really "draw a line in the sand". I only hope our philosophically out-of-touch President understands that.
God bless our Israeli friends and God bless America.