Can Bill Clinton Go to
Don’t get me wrong;
it’s great that the 42nd president made an “unscheduled” visit to North Korea
to obtain the freedom of two journalists held by the psycho
dictator Kim Jong-il. Two female reporters had been held on vague charges of
spying, and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor.
But Bill Clinton
buttressed his wife’s State Department efforts and showed up with a private
plane to whisk the women to freedom.
Too bad no one will
fly to Gaza
and demand Gilad Shalit’s freedom. The Israeli soldier is entering
his fourth year as a captive of Hamas, the murderous Palestinian terror group.
and subsequent captivity is outrageous. It has brought untold grief to his
And that’s the
Hamas has followed
the lead of Hezbollah and others in kidnapping and holding foreigners,
particularly Israelis. The family of Ron Arad, the downed Israeli pilot during
the 1982 Lebanon War, has been put through pointless agony by Hezbollah, for a
quarter-century. No one outside Lebanon
knows what happened to
When the Arabs can’t
on the battlefield — a consistent rub for the pan-Arab
nation — they do what they can to inflict misery.
And the world
If you scan the news
each day, you will not notice any diplomats anywhere offering to travel to Gaza
to free Shalit. There are important groups pushing for his release.
The International Christian Embassy in
comes to mind. Kudos to them.
For the most part,
though, Shalit languishes in some unknown location inside the immoral cesspool
known as Gaza.
It is a hallmark of
our immoral age that “statesmen” like Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W.
Bush won’t lift a finger to free Shalit. In fact, Carter’s evident dislike of
Israelis would of course preclude him from doing such a thing. But it doesn’t
keep him from slobbering over Hamas terrorists during his trips to the region.
fascinating recollections of the Carter-Begin negotiations are available from
the Jerusalem Post online. Anyone interested in knowing how Carter dealt with
the Israelis during the Camp David talks would
do well to read Avner.)
In my review of
Michael Oren’s extraordinary book, Power,
Faith, and Fantasy (you can read the review at WorldNetDaily), I note those
American presidents and diplomats who were true friends of Israel
, from the beginning of our republic until now.
One can track the
erosion of support for
from the liberal scholars who began to creep into American seminaries in the 19th
century. Oren’s fascinating research traced the American elites’ support for the
Arabs to…American missionaries in the 19th century. Frustrated by
their lack of converts among Muslims in the
Holy Land, these missionaries began to lay the
groundwork for today’s social gospel work by jettisoning active evangelism in
favor of work projects. They also paved the way for Arab nationalism, in an era
when the whole region lacked borders and was loosely a pan-Arab nation.
Today, we have more
than 20 Muslim nations in the area, practicing mischief on a daily basis.
All that to make
this point: the seeds of American meddling in Israel’s affairs — while
pressuring the Jewish state to suicide concessions — have now yielded a harvest
of diplomats and statesmen who will fly to North Korea to give a photo-op to a
psycho, but will always pass up a chance to free Gilad Shalit.
The Lord of History