I love the hysteria that often surrounds ‘peace initiatives’. It’s usually characterized by talking heads claiming that this is ‘the last chance for peace’. They jump on ANY positive sign as a source for optimism.
In Sunday’s JerusalemÂ Post, Barry Rubin, offered up his favoriteÂ exampleÂ fromÂ Newsweek:Â
‘The Supreme Leader [of Iran, Sayyid Ali Khamenei] was deeply suspicious of the American government,’ says a Khameini aide whose position does not allow him to be named. ‘But [he] was repulsed by these terrorist acts [of September 11] and was truly sad about the loss of the civilian lives in America. For two weeks, worshipers at Friday prayers even stopped chanting ‘Death to America.’
I remember that one.
The media pounced on this tiny evidence of humanity to show how hopeful everyoneÂ should be for peace.
Wow. A development. They stopped chanting ‘Death to America’ for two whole weeks. I’m impressed. For a moment in time, the Iranian government was just a little less evil. I’m so relieved.Â
I’m sure that the Allied Powers during World War II andÂ the millions of Jews murdered in German concentration camps would have been reassured by the knowledge thatÂ Hitler loved his dog.