Monday, September 25, 2017

Bernie Sanders on Terrorism

Jewish Americans are up in arms resisting President Donald Trump. They long for the good old days when President Barack Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood, put Iran on a glide path to nuclear weapons and, according to Alan Dershowitz, stabbed Israel in the back at the United Nations. 

Jeremiah Wright’s protégé did not forget the lesson he learned in twenty years at the feet of the hate preacher. And the Democratic National Committee has taken up the torch of anti-Semitic bigotry by making Louis Farrakhan’s protégé its vice chairman.

Today, Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America. Being a socialist Sanders holds foreign policy views that are consistent with those of the radical left. He considers Israel an occupying power and wants American policy to tilt toward Iran and away from Saudi Arabia.

Whereas President Trump was greeted warmly in Saudi Arabia by an assembly of the world’s Sunni nations, Iran was using American cash to fund Hamas and Hezbollah. Whereas Israel today is developing the best relations it has ever had with Arab nations, Iran is working to destroy the Jewish state.

The Times of Israel reported the Sanders foreign policy:

US senator and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders called for Washington to adopt a friendlier approach to Iran, and said he would consider supporting slashing US aid to Israel over the Jewish state’s policies towards the Palestinians.

In an interview Thursday with The Intercept, the Jewish senator said the US was “complicit” in what he termed Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians, but was not the only guilty party, and urged Washington to play a more fair role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When it comes to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the rap against Trump is that he is pro-Israeli. As it happens, America has for decades tried to be even-handed… and has accomplished nothing.

Naturally, Sanders sympathizes with the Palestinians and believes that America should give them more money. He neglects to mention that Palestinians use foreign aid to fund terrorism by paying off families of terrorists who kill Jews. And he does not mention how much the Palestinians have spent building terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel:

The senator said that there was “extraordinary potential for the United States to help the Palestinian people rebuild Gaza and other areas. At the same time, demand that Israel, in their own interests in a way, work with other countries on environmental issues.”

When asked if he would “consider voting to reduce US aid to Israel or US arms sales to the Israeli military, Sanders said “the answer is yes.”

Since the Saudis opened their nation to President Trump and accorded him high honors, Sanders hates them. Clearly, he is right that the Saudis have funded terrorism, but they seem also to be changing course. Recent reports had the crown price of Saudi Arabia visiting Israel. As it happens the Saudis despised Barack Obama, a friend to the Muslim Brotherhood and to Iran:

The self-described democratic socialist from Vermont also issued harsh words for Saudi Arabia, saying the desert kingdom is “not an ally” of the US and calling for a “rethink, in terms of American foreign policy… vis-a-vis Iran and Saudi Arabia.”

Sanders said Saudi Arabia is “an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world” and is therefore “not an ally of the United States.”

Despite Saudi Arabia being an “incredibly anti-Democratic” country, Sanders said the US has repeatedly backed Riyadh, while maintaining hostile relations with Iran, “which just held elections” and “whose young people really want to reach out to the West.”

By the Sanders illogic, Iran is a democratic country. Recall what happened in 2009 during the Green Revolution against the ayatollahs. Recall that Obama sat on his hands and allowed the young revolutionaries to be shot down in the street or to be tortured and imprisoned. These facts do not register for Sanders:

While strongly criticizing Saudi Arabia’s support for terrorism through its funding of ultra-conservative Islamic seminaries, Sanders did not address Iran’s material and financial support for a number of terror groups, namely Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

Finally, to cap it off, Sanders says that one of the root causes of terrorism is American drone strikes. The other root cause must be the racist Donald Trump. It's blame America first. You would expect nothing less from the radical left, would you?

In the interview, Sanders also said US drone strikes in which civilians have been killed are one of the “root causes” of terrorism and called US President Donald Trump a “racist” for his efforts to “delegitimize” former US president Barack Obama.


Sam L. said...

Bernie's a socialist and a fool. Palestinians have never missed a chance to miss a chance. Or mess it up.

Ares Olympus said...

Stuart: Finally, to cap it off, Sanders says that one of the root causes of terrorism is American drone strikes. The other root cause must be the racist Donald Trump. It's blame America first. You would expect nothing less from the radical left, would you?

The word "cause" is certainly problematic, but if you want to recruit terrorists, certainly a great asset is to point out the number of civilians killed in drone strikes or other bombings, like this recent report:
The attacks documented in the report include a March 20 airstrike that targeted a school housing displaced people in the suburban town of Mansourah, outside of Tabqa, as well as another strike that hit a packed marketplace in Tabqa City two days later. Investigators from Human Rights Watch visited the sites of both attacks this July and collected the names of at least 84 civilians who had died in the bombings, including 30 children. While witnesses who spoke to investigators acknowledged that ISIS members, along with their families, had been around the areas of the bombings, they also said many civilians were nearby who had no connection to the group.

And Trump is taking everything Obama did, and going further and increasing risks to civilians.

I don't think the issue is whether Trump is a racist. It's simple the conviction that certain people matter more than others, and people who look and act more like me matter more, which is a natural human preference, but it is also a preference that fuels collective conflicts everywhere.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Always remember: if Bernie Sanders had started going after ahillary in December, he would've won the Democrat Party nomination. This is the Democrat future.