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Chan Lowe cartoon: Crazy Mahmoud

mahmoud.gifSo much for engagement.

Engagement only works when the guy you're trying to engage is rational. Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? Both President Kennedy and Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev were veterans of WWII. Kennedy knew that his adversary had experienced what all-out war can do to a nation--in the USSR's case, wipe out nine million of its citizens.

He knew that behind all the saber-rattling, Khrushchev was worth engaging, because he understood the argument that mutual annihilation benefited no one.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not act like someone who is aware of the possible consequences of his actions. Either that, or he's performing one of the most daring high-wire acts of all time.

The Israelis are realists. After all, it's their country these missiles crazy Mahmoud is waving around are aimed at. They're not going to sit around forever while President Obama conducts a debating society, or relies on leaky "sanctions" that the Chinese have a vested, petroleum-based interest in sabotaging.

Proof once again that it's a whole lot easier to conduct a Foreign Policy of Change We Can Believe In from the campaign lectern than from the Oval Office.

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But that's the beauty of the plan: President Obama gets to sound all statesmanlike, while the Israelis take out the nuclear facilities.

Since President Obama was elected to clean the mess conveniently left by the previous administration, it may look fair (if not safe...) to let Israël deal with crazy Mahmoud to explain why it is acceptable for Israël to possess Nuclear Warheads while denying Iran to do the same.

When the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was enacted, decades ago, it seemed to me that the town drunks were trying to get everyone else to take the pledge. Why is anyone surprised that so many others in town want to join the party?

Has everyone forgotten the lies about WMD's in Iraq? The lies about Iran's nuclear capability are equally transparent, and the idea that either country could ever be a threat to the US or to Israel is ridiculous.

And the publicized version of the Cuban missile crisis was just grandstanding by Kennedy. In truth, the missiles were removed from Cuba in exchange for the US removing missiles in Turkey aimed at the adjacent USSR, and for promising not to invade Cuba.

Jan: Have you lost your mind? Sure Bush was lying for years when he said Iran was building a bomb, but BO isn't when he says it? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has SAID he will wipe Israel off the map, he has said he will spark the return of "al-Mahdi" and the "end times" - he's a fanatic. And one who's beliefs include the death of all who do not think like him. Get on with it already.
Blame it on Bush, or Clinton or Reagan or Washington for that matter, the point is what will BO do about this? Why would the Israeli's do anything? Because they have to. BO should go to Tehran and give them a good talking to! Face to face with no preconditions. Remember? In the final analysis this President will have to deal with reality like all the one's before him. Scary, Ugly reality with bad and evil men and everything. Change you can believe in alright.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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