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Michelle Celebrates an Iranian Holiday at the White House

No no no no no no no no no.

No no no no no.

This is not how you do it. This is not how you deal with the Iranians.

Wednesday, Mrs. Obama celebrated at the White House something called Nowruz, the Iranian festival of spring that marks the beginning of the Persian new year.

There are somewhere between half a million and a million Iranian Americans in the United States, about the same as the number of Lithuanian Americans. Where’s the White House Lithuanian American holiday celebration?

No, this is not about Nowruz. This is a clear attempt to appease the Iran government, and it is exactly what is wrong with President Obama’s approach to Iran and the rest of the world. It explains why Iran has been able to extract a deal that will allow the centrifuges to keep spinning and, ultimately, a bomb to be built.

What is it with the Left in the West that the default switch is set to appeasement? Reminds me of when Chamberlain returned from Munich talking about “Herr Hitler” – Mister Hitler. Yes sir, thank you for agreeing not to hurt us.

Obama, who supposedly understands the world with extra perspicuity because of his exotic background, actually does not. The barbarians who rule Iran and our other tough-minded enemies and rivals around the world are unmoved by our attempts to show how nice we are. They do not blush when we kiss them, except out of embarrassment for our stupidity.

What tyrants respond to is strength. Malice. Threats. Force. They do not love, and they do not seek to be loved.

When Qadaffi gave up his nuclear program after Bush invaded Iraq, it wasn’t because Laura Bush celebrated a Libyan holiday.

Our attempts to placate evildoers with something like a Nowruz festival invite only contempt. It confirms for them that we are weak, and that they can take advantage of us.

We are, as these things go, a nice people. Some of us, mostly on Left, tend to think the rest of the world is nice too. It’s not.

It is, actually, no more than self-indulgence to assume others are like us. It is hubris. The hubris of someone like Obama.

The Iranians understand our leaders much better than our leaders understand them. They know Obama will never attack them. And they are negotiating accordingly.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who understands the neighborhood in which he lives, came here to warn America. Obama didn’t even bother to watch the speech. Because it contradicts his world view.

One day, quite possibly, hundreds of thousand or even millions will die because of the deal Obama is about to strike. Those people may be Americans.

Because Peace through Weakness is a deadly way of doing business.

84 thoughts on “Michelle Celebrates an Iranian Holiday at the White House”

  1. Perhaps you should read the UN description of the holiday before you get so upset. If you have something against “peace” “reconciliation” and “neighborliness,” GET OVER IT!

    “International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

    Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.”

  2. What about this White House celebration of Nowruz?

    “I send greetings to Iranian Americans observing Nowruz…

    Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a joyous celebration to you, your families, and your relatives and friends in Iran.”

    GEORGE W. BUSH – 3/21/2003

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  4. Hello,
    Keith Koffler,

    I respect you and your opinionS about us, Iranians. :)
    But, I’ve to say that there are many things that you even can’t imagine about the Iranians. Well, I would be glad to share some of them with you.
    “Nowruz” is a very old tradition and it held since 500 years B.D (around 1000 years before Islam!!!).
    Unfortunately, after the Iran’s 1979 revolution, religionists(Muslims) take the power in their hand and they created our Constitution based on the Islam!!! (I think that was the worst Idea, simply because Islam was from more than 1400 years ago! and how can it work for this era?!
    That’s why Iran officially called “Islamic Republic of, Iran”.
    Well, if you talk with Iranians people, you’ll find out that here, peoples really are not fan of Islam. Islam trying to remove/limit/ban some of our original Persian traditions (like “Nowruz”). so peoples trying to keep doing those traditions and somehow fight with those limits from Islam. most of them don’t like Islam because Islam is for Arabs and we are Persians! and because Arabs attacked us and destroyed our old Empire( , and they tried to remove every single sign of it! including our language, our traditions, our law, etc. but we, peoples trying to save our original traditions all over this years since Arab’s attack to Iran.
    Well, if I want to describe this situation here, between the peoples and our Islamic regime, I can say there is a silence war here between the Iranian peoples and the Regime.

    So, when we see Mrs. Obamma do respect to the Nowruz and held it in the white house, that’s some kind of support for peoples in Iran. believe me, this makes Iranians people happy and make our Islamic gov. really mad! LOL :D

    I have an American friend who says “People are people, no matter where they live.”. I think this sentence simply say that Iranian peoples are not even close to what you hearing about them in your Media.

    Anyway, if you like to know more about the real Iran; I’ll be glad to tell you more. :)


  5. I qon’t understand why you call this “Iranian Holiday” despite of this is not Iranian holyday?

    “People all over the world celebrate Nowruz, but it originated in the geographical area called Persia in the Middle East and Central Asia. The distinct culture based on the language, food, music and leisure activities that developed among the many people and ethnic groups who lived in this area is known as Persian. Nowruz became a popular celebration among the communities that grew from these Persian influenced cultural areas. While the physical
    region called Persia no longer exists, the traditions of Nowruz are strong among people in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Canada and the United States.
    Nowruz is a holiday that is celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds. For the Parsi community, however, Nowruz is very ” special and is known as their spiritual New Year.

    Often the words “Persia” and “Iran” are used interchangeably, but they mean different things. The word Persia comes from the Greek word Pars, which was used to describe the lands that stretched from the Indus Valley in present day India and Pakistan to the Nile River in today’s Egypt. The Ancient Greeks called the people who lived
    in these areas ”Persians”. The word ”Iran” comes from Aryan, which was an ethnic label given to ancient peoples who migrated from the Indus Valley area towards Central Asia. In 1935, the state of Persia officially changed its name to Iran. Therefore, Iran is used to describe the contemporary country and its people, while Persia refers to a broader culture, many ethnic groups and an ancient history that some say goes back 3000 years. Persian is also the name for the language spoken by Iranians.

    I hope to have informed you sufficiently.

    1. Hi All, one message we can get from Nowruz is to love. Nowruz(nature’s rebirth) is telling us to celebrate new life and love each other. That is the only way we all can survive in this world.

      Do you think we can do that?

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