Skip to comments.Brent Budowsky: John Kerry is right (He's serious)
Posted on 07/31/2014 5:45:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Robert Kennedy, speaking of John Kennedy, using words they would both probably use to praise John Kerry, said that JFKs favorite quote was this: The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.
This quote from Dante, derived from his Inferno, describes the way Kerry performs his role as secretary of State. Kerry clearly envisioned and passionately warned that the people of Israel and Palestine must choose between two alternative futures.
The first future is the negotiated creation of a two-state solution that would leave Israel and a new state of Palestine living side by side in peace and security, with a prosperity that is unimaginable in a world of perpetual occupation, terrorism and bloodshed. The alternative future is a world where Israelis live in a permanent dread of rockets and bombs aimed by terrorists to kill them, and Palestinians live in a world of perpetual poverty and misery beyond comprehension of the Western world, and the world is reduced to endlessly debating the moral calculus of how many justifiably dead terrorists excuses the deaths of how many intolerably dead babies.
Into this epic human, moral and security quagmire steps the secretary of State. He refuses to become a candidate for Dantes hottest place in hell by maintaining his neutrality in times of crisis. He offers strategies, champions negotiations and seeks compromises to bring a long-term peace, achieve a short-term cease-fire that addresses security concerns to end the Gaza carnage and preserve a nuclear weapons-free Iran without yet another Mideast war.
Yes, these are hard cases against long odds. What is the alternative? Give up? Do nothing? Stand by? Wait? When I see the deluge of criticism of Kerry from sources, such as David Ignatius and Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, and Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center, I ask: exactly what would THEY do as secretary of State that would bring any better chance of success? I see nothing.
On Tuesday night, former United Nations Ambassador Ken Adelman said on Erin Burnetts show on CNN Tuesday night that the ongoing bloodshed in Gaza serves American interests, and that the opportunity for America is that the carnage continues and someone else is blamed. I find these comments among the most wrong, sickening and despicable ever aired on CNN. Remember: former President Reagan once called a prime minister of Israel and demanded he halt the bombing of civilians in Lebanon.
On the fundamental matters discussed here Kerry was right, is right and will always be right. The only way to avoid a century of carnage and bring true security to Israel and the Palestinians, and bring dignity and decency to Israelis and Palestinians alike, is through a cease-fire now and a two-state solution soon.
Has every decision Kerry made as secretary been right? Of course not. But he has been far ahead of the curve and has been right far more often than not, which those who wage the winds of derisive war against him cannot remotely claim.
Kerry wants to stop the rockets and close the tunnels that threaten Israel. He wants to end the poverty and stop the misery that makes life unbearable for Palestinians. He understands that to achieve these goals, he must often challenge and sometimes offend all parties to these conflicts, which wise historians will someday commend and future generations of warring combatants will someday applaud.
Kerry does this in faithful service to President Obama, whose Mideast polices follow the tradition of all American presidents and previous Israeli prime ministers since 1948. The repeated barrages of derision from the Israeli right toward Israels one great ally in a lonely world are profoundly wrong and profoundly unwise.
The God of many great faiths loves the children of Israel and Palestine equally. When the secretary of State works to save these children, John Kerry is right.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hills Pundits Blog and reached at email@example.com
Kerry is motivated by ego, unchecked by a tiny intellect, to seek out trouble, which he has no capacity to quell, like a moth seeks out a flame.
Does he really think that Muslims really want to live in peace? Where would he get that idea? Name me one part of the world where someone might get that idea.
There's his problem right there. Hamas won't do that under any circumstances.
Negotiation is a big part of what I do for a living. It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant liberals are about how to negotiate and when negotiating a settlement is not possible. "Negotiation" is not some magic incantation or pixie dust that can suddenly settle a conflict. Both sides have to be motivated at least in part to stop fighting and there has to be some possible common ground for a settlement to stop the fighting.
Those conditions do not exist here. Hamas' goal is the destruction of Israel. They have made that clear time after time.
Western liberals say the problem is Israel's "occupation." So, Israel forcibly removed its citizens from Gaza. Hamas' response? Rocket Israeli civilians and conduct terror and kidnapping raids.
There is no deal possible here, no common ground. The only reason Hamas agrees to cease-fires is to give it time to recover from the damage the IDF has inflicted, re-arm and then start another war.
Kerry is a damn fool to think anything else is possible. Get out of the way and let Israel defend itself.
Who Budowsky worked for says it all. Gutless wonders.
Kerry: Been lying about his accomplishments since Vietnam and was wrong on all of them (re his Purple Hearts, the Bay Hap River fiasco (he fled and left a man behind), etc).
A fool writing about a bigger fool. There just is no limit to one’s stupidity.
Liberals, as opposed to out and out Leftists, believe that they can solve every situation by imagining an idyllic outcome and then getting everyone to act in certain ways that their religions or other habits and human nature itself make impossible. Leftists believe the same but insist they can force folks into “acting right.” That ends up as being the killing of everyone who won’t “act right.”
they have proven (over and over and over again) their unwillingness (and/or incapability) to live peacefully.
they must be removed.
if Kerry wishes to offer a “humanitarian” way to move these Satanic savages, fine and dandy... perhaps he can divert some of his administration’s IslamoNazi or Arab terrorist support ....into moving expenses for them instead. Whatever. Or else, they will eventually wind up leaving in a less ‘humantarian” fashion, inevitably.
How can there be peace when one side has been preaching hate in all their institutions for decades?
There can never be a two state solution or even peace of any sort as long as this indoctrination continues in the Islamic world.
The God of many great faiths loves the children of Israel and Palestine equally.
And where in the Holy Bible did Brent Budowsky find that blasphemous statement? Chapter & verse please? Instead Jesus says that He is the way, the truth & the life. No man comes to the Father except by him. Sound pretty exclusive to me! There's only one way to Heaven which is through the Lord Jesus Christ, not multiple ways, which all ignorant dumb ass liberals (including GW Bush) love to proclaim.
I’m sure that I’m not the only person that feels that bile creeping up in my throat and mouth whenever I read something that the queers at The Hill have written or see one of them on FNC. ....Their job application form must have questions regarding LBGT choices. ...I discount everything I see from The Hill, as it’s just another Politico and that ilk.
Well said. Muhammed, Buda, et al, didn’t die for me. Jesus Christ is my Lord & Savior.