Thursday, September 20, 2007

Now that Mr Carter has declared that Iran is not an immediate threat to Israel - in spite of what Ahmadinejad, the ayatollahs and their military commanders have been saying in public for years and doing in public and in secret for many more years - Israel can stop preparing for the eventualities of war with the Islamic Republic. Or can it? While Jimmy Carter deserves a lot of credit for his role in the peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel, he also is the president who started training and arming Islamists who were to fight the Soviet invaders of Afghanistan. PS: While I tend to have a certain preference for Democratic candidates for the US presidency, I must say that like many people I was also slightly concerned when I read that Barack Obama has chosen Zbigniew Brzezinski (*) as an adviser on foreign affairs. Mr Brzezinski was President Carter's National Security Adviser, and one of the main proponents of support for the future Taliban. He openly endorsed the attack by Walt and Mearsheimer against the Israel lobby in the United States. PPS: (*) Note that the link refers to an interview in january 1998. This was more than seven months before the US Embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. Still, labeling the Taliban and other Islamists as 'some stirred-up Moslems' seems to be a result of an enormous underestimation of the potential danger of Islamism and Islamist terror at the time.

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