Since global jihadists want to destroy republican government and the secular societies of the West, the war on terror should enjoy bipartisan support. I myself do not agree with the President on many important issues, but I appreciate his resolve to resist those who would destroy us. Unfortunately, however, anti-jihadist efforts are becoming a political football in the 2004 election.
For Aryo Pirouznia, who chairs the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran, Kerry’s offer to negotiate with hard-liners in the regime smacks of lunacy. “America is incredibly popular with the Iranian masses, so this is a grave mistake for a short-term benefit,” Pirouznia says. “To the regime, this sends a message that America is willing to make a deal despite the blood of Americans who were murdered in Dhahran [Saudi Arabia] and are being killed today in Iraq by so-called foreign elements. And to Iranians, it shows that the old establishment may be back in power, a return to the Carter era.”
Why might Kerry want to make nice with the mullahs? Here’s a report on “John Kerry’s Iranian-American Fund-Raisers.”