Obama and His Virtual World

Here are the words US President Obama used in his State of the Union address to Congress earlier this week:

“No challenge – no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

Notice the double emphasis on the words “no challenge.”

Frankly, if this is indeed what the President of the most powerful nation on earth believes then I would submit that this current US administration is itself, the greatest threat to future generations than any other.

In a month where radical Islamic terrorists wantonly killed four people in a kosher super market in Paris, where others of the same ilk gun downed journalists at Charlie Hebdo two days earlier in Paris, where just this week twelve people traveling to work on a bus in Tel Aviv were stabbed by yet another Muslim terrorist……can the President of the US believe that climate change is what leaves us in doubt about our future?

With ISIS running rampant and beheading people in the Middle East, Boko Haram kidnapping and killing young girls in Nigeria and a long civil war continuing to rage on in Syria fueled by some of the same motivation that we see worldwide, is it really climate change that should be our biggest concern?

In the US where a Muslim career army officer goes onto the post and randomly kills anyone he sees yelling Allah Akbar, is it really primarily climate change that we need to worry about?

But, of course, if you are the President of the United States and you have given directives to your people not to use the words Islamic terrorists, Muslim fundamentalists, and the like then what choice do you really have but to turn your interests to something much less personally threatening.  For that climate change is as good a choice as any.

America had previous presidents who knew how to call a spade a spade and didn’t pussy foot around the issues in some vain attempt to act as if the ugly truth will go away by itself.  In their words:

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry Truman

“To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.” –Franklin Roosevelt

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” – Dwight D Eisenhower

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” – John F. Kennedy

But from the current President we get:

“America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”  Really?

Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia from 1916-1930 said:  “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”

True today as it was then and something that the President should take to heart.

About the Author
Sherwin Pomerantz is a native New Yorker, who lived and worked in Chicago for 20 years before coming to Israel in 1984. An industrial engineer with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and business, he is President of Atid EDI Ltd., a 33 year old Jerusalem-based economic development consulting firm which, among other things, represents the regional trade and investment interests of a number of US states, Ontario and Hong Kong. A past national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel, he is also Chairperson of the Israel Board of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. His articles have appeared in various publications in Israel and the US.