At first glance there seems to be something for everyone in the President’s much-advanced speech in Cairo. This passage jumped out at me:
Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed — more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction — or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews — is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.
Good stuff and true, of course, but consider: What kind of hate-mongers are we dealing with if a President has to lower himself to address Holocaust-denying regimes, as if this lunacy represents a defensible position somewhere on the spectrum of opinion? Chilling to think that heads of states that might soon possess nuclear weapons could hold such views.