Appeasement Hits Close to Home

So President Bush was in Israel to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding, and he gave a speech before the Knesset. In that speech, he said we shouldn’t negotiate with the terrorists who proclaim death to the Jews and death to the Americans, and with those whose very raison d’etre is to destroy Israel:

As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

Seems pretty straightforward, but Obama and other Democrats seem to think that Bush’s comments were directed squarely at them. They feel offended at being unfairly accused (even though Bush never mentioned anybody) of “appeasement.” Now tell me this: if Obama’s sure the anonymous “accusation” is false, why’s he so upset about it? Something tells me that Bush’s words hit very close to home for a lot of the “quick and easy peace” Democrats.

So far I’ve written nothing original, just summarized a little news. So what’s my contribution to this discussion? How about we put this in some biblical perspective?

If you consider the nations of the world (or at least their leaders) as a brotherhood of sorts, a community of nations, there are a few passages of Scripture that can provide some light. Let’s start with Matthew 18:15-17, which discusses how to resolve differences within the church, the brotherhood. The situations are obviously not equivalent, but the concepts are similar.

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

A brother sins, you confront him. He fails to respond, you take others, and then you take it to the whole brotherhood. If he still won’t listen, you kick him out. “Expel the wicked man from among you” (1 Corinthians 5:13). If he claims to be a brother (a responsible world leader?), yet misbehaves badly, you can’t have anything to do with him. For his good and the good of the world, cut him off.

I’m no fan of George Bush, but I’m with Bush on this one.

One final quote: Joe Biden says that the whole problem of terrorism is caused by George Bush himself! “He’s the guy who’s weakened us. He’s the guy that’s increased the number of terrorists in the world. His policies have produced this vulnerability the United States has.” I don’t even know where to begin with a statement like this — I guess you just have to let it be what it is and shake your head.

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One Response to “Appeasement Hits Close to Home”

  1. benjamin says:

    I believe this is a very complicated issue to deal with, in regards these terrorist leaders. I respect your opinion, but i have to disagree with you. Barack Obama made it clear what his plan is to deal with the matter, and it isn’t to merely sit and talk with these leaders, rather it is a plan to discuss the problem and let them (terrorist leaders) that they are out of line. Furthermore, a plan to bring a peaceful solution to this very complex problem if possible. If after talks with these leader, nothing changes for the better i then believe stronger action must be taken.

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