Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Rice Paper Tiger

Last week Secretary Rice asserted Palestinians "deserve" freedom from Israeli occupation, and today she says the US will defend Japan come what may. The moral confusion of her first assertion undermines the credibility of the second, and the Japanese would be well advised to ignore her.

Here's her view of the Palestinian people, who in the last 12 months elected a terrorist government committed to the destruction of Israel, rained rockets on it, and used Israel's territorial concessions to kidnap its citizens:

WASHINGTON (October 12) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Palestinians deserve a better life "free of the humiliation of occupation" and in a state of their own.

"I promise you my personal commitment to that goal," Rice said at a dinner marking the third anniversary of the American Task Force on Palestine.

"There could be no greater legacy for America," Rice told the group, which describes itself as nonpartisan and supportive of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel.

"The Palestinian people deserve a better life ... free of the humiliation of occupation," she said.

But the Palestinian people are only occupied because they use every opportunity to attack their neighbor. That they need take no responsibility for their own actions is a wildly un-American view, which will prevent them ever achieving statehood.

Today in Japan:
TOKYO — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reassured Japan Wednesday that the United States is ready to use the "full range" of its military might to defend its Asian ally in light of North Korea's nuclear weapons test.
That means the US will nuke North Korea if it nukes Japan. But how credible is that assurance? If she's consistent with her treatment of the Palestinians, she'll declare the North Korean dictatorship "deserves" whatever it wants, while Tokyo burns.

Rice has fatally undermined US credibility.