EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


September 17, 2012

Letter: Obama must stand up to radical Islam

To the editor:

Did you hear that Benjamin Netanyahu is going to be in town, but President Obama is too busy to see him? Also, Obama is soft-pedaling the deadly atrocities on American citizens of the diplomatic corps in Libya that have just occurred, saying we don’t want to do something to offend any religious faith.

How about saying: “Freedom of speech and expression, whether it be cartoons, a movie, a book or face-to-face is a God-given right to all mankind, and until the Islamist fanatics recognize this fact, the world will be embroiled in Muslim-fomented bloodshed that will be a curse against that faith and upon those in that faith wishing to live in peace. In the United States and other free nations around the world, freedom of speech is inviolate, and any attempt by fanatical assassins to abrogate this right will be met with resolute response.”

When will we learn that strength and resolve is the only characteristic that earns respect from the people committing these atrocities. Those in the Muslim faith who abhor the behavior of Muslim fanatics are going to have to take sides and speak out. What’s going on is 1932 to 1939 all over again, when the result of action that might have cost 5,000 lives, had it been taken, instead cost 50 million lives because it was not taken. Winston Churchill said that World War II was the most unnecessary war. We learn from this that the longer the world procrastinates, the more difficult and deadly the conclusion will be to the world.

Obama will protect Israel only to the extent he is forced to by legislators in his own party sympathetic to Israel and the general public. He is not motivated to support Israel on his own. The delays involved in overcoming his resistance to showing resolve and to act could be fatal to the world.

Ralph Wilbur

North Andover

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