Saturday, March 05, 2005

Amir Taheri looks at some things that Bill Clinton has been saying recently that are, frankly, almost unbelievable. This is what Clinton said at Davos.
“Iran today is, in a sense, the only country where progressive ideas enjoy a vast constituency. It is there that the ideas that I subscribe to are defended by a majority.”

In case you think that sort of praise for the fantatical dictatorship in Iran is a simple mispeaking by the former president, here is what he said on Charlie Rose.
“Iran is the only country in the world that has now had six elections since the first election of President Khatami (in 1997). (It is) the only one with elections, including the United States, including Israel, including you name it, where the liberals, or the progressives, have won two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote in six elections: Two for president; two for the Parliament, the Majlis; two for the mayoralties. In every single election, the guys I identify with got two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote. There is no other country in the world I can say that about, certainly not my own.”

What delusions is Bill Clinton laboring under when he thinks that IRan has had all these free elections. One can summon up a nightmarish image of what our policy towards Iran would be if Clinton were still president. Would he be joining the startled mullah dictators in singing "Kumbaya?" Would he be praising their jailing of dissidents and bloggers? Would he be thanking them for their support of terrorist groups throughout the Mideast? The mind boggles. And Clinton wants to be Secretary General of the UN. Would a man who believed that Iran is a free democracy be any improvement on the depressingly inept Kofi Annan? As Taheri writes,
Didn’t anyone tell Clinton, when he was in the White House, that elections in the Islamic Republic were as meaningless as those held in the Soviet Union? Did he not know that all candidates had to be approved by the “Supreme Guide”, and that no one from opposition is allowed to stand? Did he not know that all parties are banned in the Islamic Republic, and that such terms as “progressive” and “liberal” are used by the mullas as synonyms for “apostate”, a charge that carries a death sentence?

More importantly, does he not know that while there is no democracy without elections there can be elections without democracy?
Read the whole column to find out how Clinton is proud of apologizing to the Iranian people for the way that the United States has treated Iran since the end of World War II. Clinton thinks that the Iranian mullahs, in their hearts of hearts are quite fond of the United States. As we should be of them.
Clinton does not know that it was President Harry S. Truman’s energetic intervention in 1946 that forced Stalin to withdraw his armies from northwestern Iran thus foiling a Communist attempt to dismember the Iranian state.

Clinton does not know that if anyone has to apologize it is the mullas who should apologize to both the Iranian and the American peoples. He does not appear to remember images of American diplomats paraded in front of TV cameras, blindfolded, and threatened with summary execution every day — images that did lasting damage to the good name of Iran as a civilized nation.

Speaking of apologies, Clinton also ignores the fact that Iranian agents in Lebanon, led by the “ liberal progressive” Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Mohtashami, organized and carried out a string of terrorist attacks in the 1980s that cost the lives of over 300 US citizens, including 240 Marines.

And does Clinton remember the dozens of American citizens who were held hostage by the mullas’ agents in Lebanon, sometimes for more than five years?

Clinton forgets that anti-Americanism, and hatred of the West in general, is the ideological backbone of Khomeinism; that that the devise of the mullas’ regime is “Death to America”, and that the American flag is burned or trampled under foot in thousands of official buildings throughout Iran every day?

Clinton claims that the mullas “still kind of like the West in general, and America in particular.” That must be as much news to the mullas as to anyone else.

Can you spell appeasement? Clinton sure can. Someone should ask his wife if she agrees with his statements.