You didn't build it alone

To:  Mitt R

From:  Ashland Avenue

Re:  Upcoming speech at Netanyahu dinner

Dear Mitt:

Please find below thoughts you may want to incorporate in your Tisha B”Av dinner with Prime Minister and Mrs. Netanyahu in Israel July 29.

As you know, a fast is held each year on the Ninth (Tisha) of Av, commemorating the destruction of Judaism’s First and Second Temples.  The holiday is sometimes expanded to recount the expulsion of Jews from England and then Spain.

I am sure that you will begin remarks with acknowledgement of America’s Judeo Christian roots, of the affinity all Americans should feel to the acknowledgement among humans of the Divine Being which created us, defining for us the difference between right and wrong.

As the rye bread commercials used to say, “You don’t have to be Jewish” to be appreciative of what God has given us all.

Addressing the assembled crowd, I would remind them that both of our nations have suffered unspeakable losses in the past couple weeks.  Five Israelis died at the hands of a suicide bomber in Burgas, Bulgaria, while 12 Americans died in Aurora, CO, shot by a possibly deranged Batman/Joker fan.

Sadly, the Israelis have had a long history of dealing with terrorist deaths.  However, Mr. Romney, I would ask those present to think long and hard about the following news analysis of the Romanian bombing:

In the aftermath of the bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the Obama administration included an Iranian-American anti-Israel group in a White House meeting and characterized the terror attack as a “tit-for-tat” reprisal by Iran.

Wednesday, officials from the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) attended a White House roundtable event for Iranian-American community leaders that featured Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s closest advisers.

The link is here, http://freebeacon.com/tit-for-tat/, but several other papers picked up the ‘tit for tat’ theme.

The New York Times reported

“This was tit for tat,” said the American official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/world/europe/explosion-on-bulgaria-tour-bus-kills-at-least-five-israelis.html?pagewanted=all

I would look down into the faces of those assembled before you at the Netanyahu’s, and ask them:

We all know that Iran has been an institutional sponsor of terror.  That is not new.

But, what kind of an Administration invites an Iranian anti-Israel group to the White House, dismissing the deaths of vacationers as ‘tit for tat’?

I would remind them that Valerie Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran to American parents.  http://www.usnews.com/news/obama/articles/2009/04/03/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-valerie-jarrett

Then, I would ask

What kind of a Jew, American or Israeli, wants to support an Administration so skeptical of the Jewish state, and so dismissive of human life?

Because, at the root of it, what is the difference between those dear souls blown to smitherines in Colorado, and those poor vacationers obliterated in Bulgaria?

Finally, I would conclude by reminding the Israeli audience that the head of our Administration just asserted to those in Roanoke, Virginia that if someone had built a business, he or she hadnt done it alone.   What the President said was:

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

If I were you, Mitt Romney, giving that speech, I would turn the President’s words around on him and agree with his statement.

Of course, Henry Ford built Ford Motor and Steve Jobs built Apple Computer.  But I am sure that each and every one of you will agree that they had help.  It wasn’t help from a government, it wasn’t a fairy godmother.  Henry Ford had no rich uncle and filed bankruptcy before succeeding;  Walt Disney early on went through bankruptcy.

Yet, I contend that if you think about it, each one of you will acknowledge, whether you are Jew or Christian or Muslim or whatever, that a Divine Being within and around ourselves was there to imbue each of us with what it takes to make a better world.

And I suspect that when we all come to that acceptance, the incidence of buses getting blown up will fall, and the pushing and shoving over land and resources in this neck of the woods is going to get a whole lot less stressful.

Thank you and good night.