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Kerry's Kefiyyah

Monday, 20 September 2004 12:00 AM

Given the subtlety, indeed archness, of this mode of communication, I’m beginning to suspect that John Kerry also is employing the necktie strategy in signaling America’s enemies that he is on their side.

Why else would the richest man in the Senate – a man whose pricey wardrobe is laid out for him daily by his personal valet – wear only one necktie during almost all of his public appearances? And that necktie – albeit not in a thin muslin or coarse cotton but probably woven from the finest silk – a replica in its pink and white pattern of the Arabs’ favorite headdress, the kefiyyah.

Kerry, after all, has a long – and, to my mind, ignominious – history of siding with those whose intent is to undermine and/or destroy America.

In the early 1970s, Kerry turned against his fellow Vietnam compatriots, testifying before Congress that they had committed war crimes and subsequently calling America’s efforts to stem the spread of communism in Southeast Asia "the biggest nothing in history. "

Then, in an unauthorized trip and while American soldiers were still being tortured in prison camps, he traveled to Paris to meet with North Vietnamese officials. Newspapers quoted him saying that there were "200,000 Vietnamese a year who are murdered by the United States of America" and featured him speaking in support of the Viet Cong and backing its Seven Point Plan, which advocated that "the U.S. Government … end its war of aggression in Vietnam."

Ultimately, the result of Kerry’s “peace” efforts were the fall of Saigon and the murder by Communists of an estimated two million Cambodians and tens of thousands of South Vietnamese. Another million South Vietnamese were imprisoned in "re-education camps" and hundreds of thousands died there, while an additional two million fled the country, many drowning in the attempt.

In the 1980s, after he was elected to the Senate, Kerry supported the military rule of the Soviet-backed Sandinistas in Nicaragua instead of embracing U.S. policy of backing the anti-Communist army, the Contras, which was fighting against them.

He coauthored an article proposing that U.S. forces be disarmed and then – again without government authorization – traveled with his ideologically left-wing soul mate, Sen. Tom Harkin, to Nicaragua to meet with the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega, returning with a bogus "peace" proposal for the Contras to surrender.

According to then-Secretary of State George Schultz, “Those who assure us that these dire consequences are not in prospect [in Central America] are some of those who assured us of the same in Indochina before 1975. The litany of apology for communists, and condemnation for America and our friends, is beginning again.”

In the 1990s, Kerry voted against Gulf War I (Operation Desert Storm) to remove invading Iraqis from Kuwait. And throughout the decade, he consistently voted against major military, defense and intelligence funding, even opting to slash the intelligence budget after the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

And in our new century – when Islamic terrorism inflicted its savagery on our country’s men and women on September 11, 2001 – Kerry the presidential candidate is still touting a major role in U.S. foreign policy of the corrupt and unfailingly ineffectual United Nations and a reliance on spineless "allies" like France.

Worse, he has continued – as he did in his post-Vietnam years – to demoralize and undermine America’s fighting forces by, among other egregious actions, voting against the urgent $87 billion supplemental funds to provide body armor, equipment, ammunition et al. to our troops in the field, and encouraging our enemies by calling our more than three dozen brave coalition partners “window dressing.”

Still, Kerry hopes that the unnamed “foreign leaders” he once said supported his candidacy will inspire Americans to vote him in.

And who are those leaders?

In addition to the recently elected Spanish appeaser, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ("We're aligning ourselves with Kerry…”), the universally acknowledged madman Kim Jong-il of North Korea, the Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialists of America, they include leaders in the Arab world who are waiting breathlessly for a Kerry presidency and a return to his own and his party’s bedrock philosophy: Accommodate, appease and talk around a conference table until you’re blue in the face. The better, of course, for them to continue – unimpeded – to wreak chaos and instability around the world.

But Kerry is in a bind when it comes to showing his true colors during a presidential campaign. He can’t actually say that he is in favor of meeting with the very terrorists and their ilk who have sworn to annihilate America. Nor can he “reach out” to them in any obvious way.

So, it’s my guess that – except when he’s donning bunny ears at NASA or his slick windsurfing tights – Kerry’s kefiyyah-patterned tie may serve to tell the mullahs as well as the terrorists from Hezbollah and the Al Aqsa Brigade that, yes, I’m with you! When I’m president, we’ll all sit down and talk about your “grievances” and, you can trust me, I’ll only react to your onslaughts after you’ve attacked us and after I’ve gone to the U.N. and after our “allies” give me and my million advisers the green light.

If my kefiyyah necktie theory is not true, then why on earth would Kerry tell the Council on Foreign Relations in December that, if elected, he would abandon the president's war on terror, begin a dialogue with terrorist regimes and apologize for the "years of mistakes by the Bush administration"?

In an article in the March issue of Insight magazine, author Kenneth R. Timmerman described the meeting: "Kerry promised to spend the first 100 days of his administration traveling the world to denounce his predecessor, apologize for his ‘radically wrong' policy, and seek ‘cooperation and compromise` with friend and foe alike."

Timmerman cited a seven-page e-mail, "confirmed as authentic by the Kerry camp," that was published by the Mehr news agency in Tehran and appeared the next day on the front page of a leading daily there, “the hard-line, anti-American Tehran Times." This "indicated that the e-mail was a demonstration of Kerry's support for a murderous regime that even today tops the State Department's list of supporters of international terrorism."

Timmerman cited the dissident Ayatollah Mehdi Haeri, who said Iran's hard-line clerics "fear President Bush … that's why they want to see Kerry elected." Timmerman also noted the strong, condemnatory reaction of President Bush to Iranian parliamentary "elections" last February, adding that "The Kerry campaign released no statement on the widely discredited Iranian elections, reinforcing allegations from pro-democracy Iranian exiles in America that the junior senator from Massachusetts is working hand-in-glove with pro-regime advocates in the United States."

Timmerman quoted Patrick Clawson, the deputy director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who said: "Kerry's approach is that of many in Europe who think you must entice rogue regimes. Enticement only works if it is followed up with the notion that there would be a penalty if they didn't behave. I see nothing of that in Sen. Kerry's statements."

Another critic, the chair of the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran, said: "To the [Iranian] regime, this sends a message that America is willing to make a deal despite the blood of Americans who … 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."

That’s right, the same Jimmy Carter – Kerry’s mentor – who single-handedly paved the way for the moth-eaten, America-loathing Ayatollah Khomeini to get on a plane at Orly airport in Paris, fly into Tehran, overthrow the America-supporting shah and thereby begin the entire process of global Islamic terrorism that is now in full bloom to the great peril, pain, suffering, loss of life and national fear of the American people!

The same Jimmy Carter who believes the accommodator Kerry is the right man to deal effectively with the nuclear threats that now loom from Iran and North Korea, to stem the tide of terrorists now invading Iraq from Syria, and to halt the genocide in the Sudan.

"As these dangers metastasize," said journalist and president of the Center for Security Policy, Frank Gaffney, voters are being asked to choose between President Bush and "… a Kerry candidacy whose solutions to most international problems seems to be appeasement."

Whether or not Kerry is sending an I’m-your-friend message to our enemies by wearing his kefiyyah-patterned necktie day in and day out will never be known. What is known – if there is any reliability to recent polls that show his candidacy dropping precipitously – is that the American voter has gotten his message loud and clear!


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