Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,
For much of the day I debated whether or not to write this letter, but since I had difficulty purging my mind of your earlier histrionics I felt I had no other choice. The histrionics I am referring to were the disrespectful and unprofessional reactions you displayed during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech. You went on to insult the Prime Minister further by making a point to leave the chamber before he did and then issued a statement that included the following comments.
I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.
Ms Pelosi, I ask of you the following. Just imagine if the leader of a powerful nation had sat and negotiated with Adolph Hitler. And then imagine if that same leader had determined that negotiations were not only the right approach, but that they were working as well. Now imagine that this misguided approach empowered and gave extra time to an evil regime to establish itself and start a juggernaut of evil that would result in 60 million people dying as well as a genocide that would result in the murder of 6 millions Jews, and millions more people including Serbs, gypsies and homosexuals.
I won’t insult your intelligence, because I now see how sensitive you are to that, by presuming you do not already know my point and to when and whom I am referring. One can have a long debate as to whether or not President Obama compares to Neville Chamberlain, but there certainly is no debating the fact that Iran’s intentions for the 6 million or so Jews living in Israel are basically identical to the intentions Hitler had, and sadly was successful in carrying out against the Jewish population of Europe.
I present to you this question. With what is at stake for not only the State of Israel but the entire world, so what if Prime Minister Netanyahu did insult the intelligence of the United States? Why exactly does this bother you so much? And to be quite blunt, with so many members of Congress giving him a standing ovation and so many people respecting and appreciating what the Prime Minister said, do you truly believe you can speak for this country when making this claim? I know of numerous people, very intelligent people who greatly appreciated this speech. I am sure Congress consists of numerous people of above average intelligence and most of the one’s I saw watching his speech seemed anything but insulted.
I offer this statement as an answer to most of these queries. In taking this stance against America’s most important and most loyal ally, elements within the Democratic Party did exactly what they claimed they objected to the most. They politicized the speech. And what made it even worse, and may very well be some of the source of your consternation, is that it did not make those who opposed the speech with vigor look very good. Seeing as you were one of those people, I can see how you would be upset.
I want you to know that this letter comes from a man who has voted Democrat far more often than he has voted Republican and from someone who voted for Barack Obama. This is not a letter from a right-wing Conservative. This is a letter from a Jewish American man who loves the State of Israel, loves the United States of America, and loves peace and freedom. And this is a letter from a man who can not for the life of him understand why anyone who loves any of those three would be insulted by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech.
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