Specifically, the hikers wanted to emphasize the issue of Gitmo and the CIA’s track record against criminals, alleging that every time they complained about being hit, tortured or put in solitary confinement, the guards would remind them about the conditions at Guantanamo Bay and the CIA prisons in other parts of the world.
On the one hand they believe they were innocent, apprehended solely because of their nationality, on the other, they are comparing their imprisonment with the treatment of criminals, the perpetrators of heinous crimes, at Gitmo.
This is the same moral equivalency argument that we’ve heard before from leftists and anti-war proponents. Their argument is that the Iranian regime is evil, but so are we. Yet this argument is deeply flawed. I don’t ever recall our government imprisoning hikers on the Canadian border accusing them of espionage.
It is this sophomoric perspective that our administration has employed in dealing with the Iranian threat. In six to eight months, Iran will be ready to deliver a nuclear weapon. They have all the necessary parts and already have 1000 missiles pointed at the U.S., Israel and various cities throughout Europe. They have been extremely clear about their hatred for the U.S. and Israel, or the Big Satan and Little Satan. Yet, our administration still believes it can negotiate with such extremists.
Instead of acknowledging the ideological differences between the Iranian regime and others, our administration has ignorantly believed that through diplomacy, it can assuage the Iranian threat. The only result has been a delay in any negotiations and an extension for the Iranian regime to play out the clock and realize its ultimate goal of becoming a nuclear power.
A nuclear weapon alone is not to be feared, however. After all, surrounding neighbors India, Pakistan, Israel and China all possess weapons. A bomb only becomes a threat when you have a government head extreme enough to push the button.
Iran has been overtly substantiating itself as the number one exporter of hatred, be it through the funding of Hezbollah, the supporting of the insurgency in Afghanistan, supplying and training the Syrians against the opposition, or establishing and maintaining strong ties with Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Both against its own people and through proxy terror groups, Iran has been vocal in expressing its global agenda in spreading Sharia law and terrorism.
The most important question then is why don’t we believe them?
To get the whole story on why leftists reach out in solidarity to America’s totalitarian enemies, get Jamie Glazov’s critically-acclaimed book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.
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