Nothing surprising here -- "Post-American," and therefore willing to "live with" radical Islam as a "fact of life," Fareed Zakaria now takes up space in the Washington Post excusing Ahmadinejad (and taking the opportunity to bash John McCain in the process):
McCain reveals a startling ignorance about the Iranian regime when he argues, as in his speech, that it "spends its people's precious resources not on roads, or schools, or hospitals, or jobs that benefit all Iranians -- but on funding violent groups of foreign extremists who murder the innocent." While Tehran does fund militant groups, one of the keys to Ahmadinejad's popularity has been his large-scale spending on social programs for the poor.
Let's take this last sentence bit by bit.
What does it mean that Tehran "does fund militant groups" ? It means they fund mass murder. It means that last month there were 150 Jihad attacks in 14 countries, spanning five religions, and leaving behind 729 dead bodies and 1591 people critically injured -- and much of this bloodshed was bought and paid for by Iran.
Of course the preponderance of their funding goes to killing Jews in Israel.
A Turkish Religion of Peace rally in support of "aid" flotillas to Gaza.
(We believe that the banner translates to 'Hands of Health')
I could (almost) understand if Zakaria, like so many of his liberal brethren, simply thinks that Jewish blood is cheap. But it's not just Jews getting killed. Not anymore.
Oh, I almost forgot; that was only the first bit. The second one is Zakaria's assertion that "one of the keys to Ahmadinejad's popularity has been his large-scale spending on social programs for the poor."
Yeah, and Mussolini - or was it Hitler? - 'made the trains run on time.' Only they didn't really.
Perhaps we should call on Camus to answer.
“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants..."
Or C.S. Lewis.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
Or we could explore the similarities of Zakaria's Ahmadinejad to the Nazis... in terms of propaganda...
The Winter Aid (Winterhilfswerk ) was the Nazi Party charity. Each year there was a drive to solicit donations to help the needy. Contributions were not entirely “voluntary.” The text translates as: “No one shall go hungry! No one shall be cold!”[Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert D. Brooks, via the German Propaganda Archive at Calvin College in Grand Rapids]
The problem with such a comparison is that people don't give a damn about Nazis anymore. Nowadays Nazis are considered no more repulsive or life-threatening than say, cockroaches.
It's even an uphill struggle to villify terrorists. One would have thought it axiomatic that the mass murder of innocent, unarmed civilians - men, women, children and babies - is pure evil. And indeed it was considered so, until one day someone (it may even have been Zakaria himself) asked, "But WHY is it forbidden?" And no one could answer because no one remembered.
And gradually, we are soothed into submission: Radical Islam is a fact of life, learn to live with it. The Iranian regime may order one of its many proxies to launch a rocket into the Buddhas of Bamyan, the Vatican, the Louvre or the Kotel - Gd forbid - but Ahmadi Nejad is popular with the poor in his country. And no wonder. Just like The Won in Omerica, he has a large "stash" for "social programs."
What could possibly go wrong?