Huckabee’s Resolute Defense of Israel Should Be Praised, Not Criticized

Huckabee 1111Oh the outrage!

How dare former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee compare Iran following trough on its repeated threats to wipe the nation of Israel off of the face of the earth with a nuclear weapon to the Holocaust?

From 1941 to 1945, Jews in Europe where systematically murdered by the German government. In all, approximately six million Jews were killed in gas chambers, by mass shootings, or simply worked to death at extermination camps like Auschwitz. Should Iran follow through on it’s threat to annihilate Israel, the result would be the death of over 8 million people, 6 million of them Jews.

The notion that it was disrespectful for Huckabee to compare the Holocaust to the possibility of the lives of another six million Jews being extinguished by a nuclear attack by Iran was not only wrong, but it’s also callous. Huckabee didn’t say anything wrong. His analogy, while gruesome to fathom, was quite appropriate when discussing the realities of a radical Islamic regime being put on a pathway that insures it can acquire a nuclear weapon in a decade.

On Monday, the political news media seemed quick to follow the lead of Hillary Clinton and President Obama, who criticized Huckabee’s comments on the deal that the Obama Administration made with Iran. Clinton said Huckabee’s comment, “steps over the line and should be repudiated by every person of good faith.” Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Texas Governor Rick Perry agreed with Clinton’s assessment of Huckabee’s remarks and followed suit by saying his remarks were out of line.

At a press conference in Ethiopia on Monday, President Obama said Huckabee’s statement, “would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” reached out to Bud Hockenberg, a Des Moines attorney, who has long been involved in Iowa politics, to get his reaction to uproar about Huckabee. Hockenberg has been a Council Member for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines.

Hockenberg told, “What is sad and ridiculous is that America has agreed (1) not to be a member of the Inspection Team with the knowledge of prior Iran cheating  (2) to assist Iran as an ally in protection against any harm to their nuclear facilities; (3) to a clear and present danger to our national security with no current restrictions on Iranian Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.”

Hockenberg told The Guardian, “You can always judge the seriousness of a political statement by the reaction of the opposition, and the reaction of the White House has been instant and over the top.” In the same interview, Hockenberg described Huckabee, “as someone who sees the danger of the Iran deal and expressed it in a style that is historically effective.”

A recent CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose the deal that the Obama Administration recently-negotiated with Iran. The poll showed that 52 percent of Americans don’t want congress to approve the deal, while 44 percent do. Two-thirds of Republicans and 55 percent of independents surveyed believe the deal should be rejected. The June CNN/ORC poll found that most Americans believed it was unlikely that such a deal would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

It’s clear that the Obama Administration believes the deal reached with Iran was done in good faith, but even with a deal in place, it hasn’t stopped Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, from threatening the west. On Tuesday, CNN reported that Khamenei tweeted an image that portrays President Obama holding a gun to his own head. The image features a quote from Khamenei which states, “We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S.”

It’s been widely reported that the deal negotiated by the Obama Administration includes no requirements for Iran to end its aggressiveness toward Israel or the United States, nor does it require them to stop enriching uranium, building missiles, or funding terrorism around the globe. The deal also leaves their nuclear facilities intact. If the deal wasn’t bad enough, while the Obama Administration was finalizing their “historic deal” that lifted the international sanctions that have been imposed on them, Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s supposedly moderate president, attended a Quds Day rally in Tehran.

Quds Day is an annual event on the last day of Ramadan. It’s origin dates back to 1979 to express Iran’s support of the Palestinian people and oppose the existence of Israel. At the rally that Rouhani attended, Iranian protesters burned American and Israeli flags while they chanted, “Death to America, Death to Israel.” At other Quds Day events protesters burned dummies depicting President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It’s absolutely stunning that a U.S. President and the State Department could ever believe that it is possible to negotiate a deal in good faith with a radical Islamic government. Sadly this isn’t necessarily new territory for the U.S. Government. In 1994, the North Korean government signed an agreement with the U.S. that would halt and eventually dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program in exchange for power-producing reactors. Ten years later, the country began firing short and long range missiles, and in 2009, they detonated a nuclear devise under ground.

The condemnation of Huckabee’s statement this past weekend is shocking, especially considering that two Republican presidential candidates were quick to join the Democrats in castigating the remarks. The sad reality is that what Huckabee said this past weekend is unfortunately true. Even though some my find his choice of words to be in bad taste, he nonetheless used an accurate analogy.

It’s a sad day in the world when we chose to ignore history and turn a blind eye to the actions of radical regimes that continue to instigate hostilities around the globe. It’s more than likely that Congress will vote down Obama’s horrible deal with Iran. It’s also likely that the liberal news media will be outraged over the debate that is about to transpire. Regardless of how Huckabee voiced his support of Israel, he is on the right side of the issue and is smart not to back down amid the media and liberal outrage over his comment.

There is no middle ground when it comes to foreign policy matters involving Israel and Iran. Huckabee has staked out a pro-Israel position that you would expect out of most Republican candidates for president. It’s the same position held by most Americans. And it’s an appropriate position considering the Iran’s recent history.

I agree that terms like “Holocaust” can tend to be incorrectly used or used too often. However the word “Holocaust” should never be taken out of our lexicon because there may come a time in which it’s use may become appropriate. This is such a time given that the naïve deal the U.S. Government just signed with Iran could very well lead to a second Holocaust.



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