By Schmoel Yitzhak
Long ago and far away there once was an American weekly radio program called "It Pays To Be Ignorant."
Led by a vaudeville comedienne named Lulu McConnell, it spoofed the virtues of being dumb with an endless spate of hilarious jokes.
Take that theme to the present embattled Israeli situation and a reverse title is in order for the good and welfare of the Middle East's only democracy.
It Doesn't Pay To Be Ignorant.
That point is most relevant as Iran brazenly continues improving its nuclear capability while -- with even more chutzpuh -- tells the world that it will use that eventually-to-be-completed warhead to obliterate the "Zionist Entity," alias the Jewish homeland.
Ignorance may be bliss, according to a universal book of proverbs and maxims but it certainly does not hold true when mullahs in Tehran are candidly boasting of Israel's demise; preferably sooner rather than later.
A similar form of stupidity prevailed throughout Great Britain, France and other European nations as Adolf Hitler came to power, threatening the Czechs, Poles, Dutch, Danes and Belgians and eventually made good on his goal of domination.
Denial followed denial of Hitler's threats. With the precious exception of England's Winston Churchill few wanted to believe the Nazi threat and even fewer dared confront it.
The best example of contemporary denial can be found in The White House where Barack Obama continues to appease the iranians up, down and sideways while his flunkeys such as Hillary Clinton and Panetta continue urging Benjamin Netanyahu to give anti-Iranians sanctions a chance.
Any political analyst who sees things clearly and sees them whole knows that the Iranians treat the sanctions like a fleck of dandruff on a jacket lapel. At their best the sanctions are a mere annoyance to the Tehran warlords. What matters is accelerating the nuclear program and all evidence shows that it is moving along quite nicely.
Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, not only has seen through the Iranian ploys but minces no words about that's going on in terms of placating Iran.
"Diplomacy with Iran has failed," Oren succinctly attests and, as the late, great American performer Jimmy Durante would say, "Deny that if you can!"
There's no denying the threat but Democrats such as Barack Obama keep playing for time because the last thing he wants is to have to learn of an Israeli attack on Iran before American elections.
But one wonders why Bibi should even think twice about American Democrats and their warped Mideast views.
How warped? All you have to do is look at the record of such Democratic supersters as Massachusetts Senator John Kerry or Nancy Pelosi, Madeline Albright and Mrs. Clinton and note how so wrong they have been. Writing in the Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, journalist Yossi Klein tells a story that gives you all the insight you need to know about Kerry.
"Kerry had just come back from Damascus with excellent news," says Klein who had met Kerry in Jerusalem after the senator's visit to Syria. "The excellent news was that Bashar-al-Assad was ready for peace with Israel. When one of the participants mentioned that demonstrations has begun to challenge Assad's legitimacy, Kerry's response was: All the more reason to negotiate while he's still in power.
"In other words Israel had the golden opportunity to give up the strategic Golan Heights to a dictator who might be deposed by a popular revolution which might or might no recognized whatever peace agreement he signed. That kind of wishful thinking has resulted in Western policy toward the Middle East that is strategically incoherent."
Such a strategically incoherent Middle East policy has been part of the woof and warp of Obama thinking since his foolhardly Cairo speech in 2009 when he blurted "Islam has always been part of America's story."
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta continues insisting that Israel should wait before attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. So does Uncle Sam's Joint Chief of Staff but there are merely presidential puppets hoping to con Bibi until after October at the very earliest.
Sorry, Barack, but ignorance no longer is bliss for Israel. The Jewish State has been taken for a fool too many times to allow it to happen at this critical juncture in its history.
Columnist Sarah Honig zeroed in on the issue as perfectly as anyone over the weekend when she cited the many blunders before and after Oslo; most particularly, leaving Lebanon to Hezbollah and Gaza for Hamas, among other blunders.
She goes to Sigmund Freud's "Denial of Denial" theory for support.
And how does Freud's "Denial of Denial" fit the current American view of Israel's precarious state fit so snugly today?
Just check out Freud's definition of D of D and you'll understand. It is The rejection of what is too difficult to admit while simultaneously insisting that the unpalatable truth is actually false."
What better X-Ray of the White House and the Middle East!