Great Minds And Charlie Brown
August 24, 2006
Remember looking for the hidden images in the tree? You know, you had to see how many of the hidden and camouflaged images you could find. Of course, once you did fnd them, they were clear and obvious.
Dr Sanity’s The Ayatollah’s Answer, is another example of what Dr Sanity does best. She finds all those hidden images- and once she does, they are clear and obvious.
In discussing the Iranian refusal to halt nuclear enrichment and research projects, Dr Sanity notes the following about the Iranians still wanting to ‘negotiate.’
Does this happen to remind you of anything? The same game currently being played by Iran with the international community reminds me of Peanuts. Think of Lucy as Ahmadinejad and the hapless Charlie Brown as the U.N. (thanks to M.B.!)
But Charlie Brown, dupe that he is, believes her every time she promises that next time it will be different. So, he keeps going back for more only to discover that the same thing happens yet again!
To drive home her point, Dr Sanity provides the classic cartoon image of Lucy snatching the football, just as Charlie Brown is about to kick.
To drive home the point that great minds do indeed, think alike, Thomas Sowell is flying in perfect formation with Dr Sanity. In Will Cease-fires Never Cease?, he notes how busy Lucy has been:
How many cease-fires have there been in the Middle East — or is the number too large to remember? Over the past half century, there must have been more cease-fires in the Middle East than in the rest of the world combined.
Why do these phony cease-fire scenarios keep getting repeated? Because there are too many people, including many in the media, who take the corrupt windbags at the U.N. seriously — so our political leaders have to act as if they take the U.N. seriously as well.
This is a costly charade. Among its costs are human lives. U.N. cease-fires are the ultimate in feel-good decisions made by people who pay no price for the repercussions.
The UN- and much of the world community- are no more than real-life Lucy’s, intent on cheating and playing unfairly because that is the only way they can control and win the game. They cannot compete on an equal playing field because in doing so, they insure their dysfunctional agendas and ideologies will be exposed for what they really are will be dealt a crushing blow. In order for dysfunction to thrive, it needs a host and/or environment that will tolerate dysfunction.
Sowell goes in to note the existential issues that face Israel:
New Hampshire is considered to be a small state but it is larger than Israel. So are 45 other states. Lake Erie is larger than Israel and Lake Michigan more than twice as large.
The Middle Eastern places we hear about are very close to one another. From Israel’s capital in Jerusalem to Bethlehem in the Palestinian territory is only a fraction of the distance from Washington to Baltimore.
Imagine living 15 miles from a people that have promised to wade in ‘rivers of blood’- the blood of you and your children- and then express outrage if you try to defend yourself.
Sowell sees the handwriting on the wall:
None of this matters to those consumed by hate in the Middle East or those in the West wanting feel-good cease-fires, without bothering to think through the actual consequences.
In yet another spectacular example of ineffectiveness and irrelevance, the UN is setting the stage for a nuclear armed Iran blackmailing the civilized world and and an Arab and Palestinian ‘resistance’ movement that does nothing more than widen the gap between the western and Arab worlds.
The ‘hidden pictures’ aren’t so hidden anymore, are they?