Liberals acting as one body decide to be shocked at the obvious

The big news yesterday was that the world leftist community was shocked, shocked, to find out that Iran has been enriching uranium for nuclear weapons. Upon the announcement by Obama, Brown and Sarkozy of the stunning, unbelievable discovery that Iran has a uranium enrichment plant it’s been keeping secret from the West, the liberal commentariat, which for years has contemptuously dismissed concerns about Iranian’s nuclear program, suddenly, like Communists at the time of the Hitler-Stalin pact, all in unison changed their direction by 180 degrees. Suddenly it became the in-thing to be very concerned about Iran and to threaten some sort of action against it if it refused to stop its nuclear development. Since I have been saying for years that the U.S. must use force against Iran’s nuclear facilities, I ought to be glad of this new direction. But the spectacle of all these liberals acting shocked and scandalized about something that any normal person would have assumed as a matter of course was going on left me disgusted more than anything else.

And then it turned out that this huge surprise, which shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone, in fact wasn’t a surprise. Obama had known for months about the Iranian plant and only announced it now because the Iranians had found out that we knew about it. Which means that Obama has been pursuing talks with the Iranians and continually telling the world he has hopes of good faith negotiations with the Iranians, while he knew full well that the Iranians have been lying through their teeth. The knowledge that Obama has been concealing and enabling the Iranians’ duplicity makes one look at the new, more confrontational Obama with more than a little skepticism.

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Also, the announcement yesterday about the secret Iranian nuclear facility made Benjamin Netanyahu look like the sole leader in a world of pigmies, because one day before the revelation which shocked the liberal pigmies he gave a speech to the UN General Assembly in which he said:

The greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fundamentalism and weapons of mass destruction. The most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 26, 2009 07:25 AM | Send

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