John Kerry, the machinations of a misguided zealot

To fully understand John Kerry, one must examine comments he made back in 2010 when he showered Bashar al-Assad of Syria with accolades, absurdly referring to him as “a man who wants change” and advocated Israeli territorial concessions that included ceding the strategic Golan Heights to the Syrian dictator as well as Israel’s ancestral capital to Palestinian Arabs.

Of course had Israel heeded Kerry’s request, al-Qaida as well as other global jihadist elements would now be perched along the banks of the Sea of Galilee. One of Israel’s quietest borders would have been instantly transformed into a hotbed of radicalism and volatility.

In 2009 Kerry authored a letter which backed anti-Israel flotilla activists who were cooperating with the Turkish IHH terrorist organization. In it, he expressed “strong support” for their activities and referred to them as a “humanitarian delegation.” Apparently, Kerry is unable to distinguish between genuine humanitarians and those with nefarious, genocidal aims.

The comments with respect to both Syria and the flotilla activists are demonstrative of a man shallow in thought and superficial in understanding with a penchant for misreading the region’s prevailing machinations. Little has changed in Kerry since that period and if anything, his tone has become more extreme.

Displaying what can only be described as the ramblings of a delusional zealot, Kerry recently noted that Israel could “instantaneously have peace” with 22 Arab countries if peace is achieved between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.

Which Arab countries is Kerry referring to? Syria, where over 130,000 people have been killed in internecine blood-letting? Or perhaps he was referring to Libya which has no functioning government and is currently run by tribal gangs and militias. Or maybe he was referring to Lebanon, a nation a hair’s breadth away from imploding and currently under the thumb of Iran’s extremist Shiite proxy, Hezbollah.

The sad fact is that the Arab world, enmeshed in its own ethnic hatred and rivalries could care less about the so-called plight of the Palestinian Arabs. To them, the Palestinian issue represents nothing more than a spigot to turn on and off when the political climate dictates.

But in Kerry’s myopic view, all rises and falls with the Palestinians. Upheaval in the Arab world and all the misery that it entails plays second and even third fiddle to his goal of making Israel minuscule and detaching it from half of its ancestral heartland.

In March 2012 during a discussion about U.S.-NATO missile defense, President Obama while under the impression that he was off microphone, informed his Russian counterpart, President Medvedev that he needed some “space” and would have more “flexibility” after the 2012 presidential election when presumably he would have a freer hand to act, unburdened by political restraints. Former Bush Press Secretary and media consultant Ari Fleischer speculated that this “flexibility” doctrine extended to the Mideast where perhaps some deal had been arranged with Arab parties whereby Israel would be pressured into making suicidal territorial concessions. Considering the unprecedented level of pressure being brought to bear on Israel by Obama’s point man these days, it seems more likely than not that Fleischer’s conjecture was prophetic.

About the Author
Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor. He has authored several articles covering political and military issues concerning Israel, the United States and the Mideast at large.