This morning, Obama released a videotape intended “to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Obama’s words mean essentially this: You don’t have to fight us anymore, because we are changing to be more like you.
Obama said this:
My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community. This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.
Near the end of his message, Obama said this:
There are those who insist that we be defined by our differences. But let us remember the words that were written by the poet Saadi, so many years ago: “The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence.”
The quotation of Saadi is from his poem displayed in the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN. Wikipedia quotes Dr. Iraj Bashiri’s translation of the entire poem:
Of One Essence is the Human Race,
Thusly has Creation put the Base.
One Limb impacted is sufficient,
For all Others to feel the Mace.
The Unconcern’d with Others’ Plight,
Are but Brutes with Human Face.
In other words, self-sacrificing Muslims are good; self-interested American businessmen are bad.
In addressing Iranian people, the American President should be quoting America’s Founding Fathers, speaking of “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Our President should be telling Iranians how they must change, and that they must overthrow their leaders who have murdered Americans and plan to murder more—or face imminent annihilation by America.
Obama is not the first American President whose philosophy is closer to that of America’s enemies than that of America. George W. Bush preceded him on that count, and also on the count of being an appeasing weakling. (See my article, The Age of Invisible Virtue.) Like Obama’s Nazi domestic policy, Obama’s foreign policy is even more of the same.