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July 25, 2004
But We're Appeasers!

Kenyans have reacted in shock to find out that their pro-appeasement stance regarding Saddam Hussein and Iraq has not shielded them from terrorism, as Islamofascists kidnapped three Kenyan hostages:

The capture of three Kenyan hostages in Iraq has bewildered newspapers back home, who demand to know why the insurgents have picked on a country that refused to join the US-led invasion.

"Spare Kenyans, we were not in the war," the East African Standard cries in a headline, and says Iraq is now "scary" even for those not directly involved in the conflict.

Unfortunately, Kenyans have not taken the proper lesson from this, nor from the 2002 Mombasa bombing that destroyed an Israeli-owned hotel. Their media now urges their government to negotiate directly with the terrorists in order to magnify their appeasement policies:

Pointing out that Kenya was one of the first to condemn the decision to invade Iraq, the paper [People's Daily] urges the government not to be shy of negotiating with the kidnappers.

"Kenya should initiate dialogue to save the lives of the hostages", it says, adding: "The Philippines yielded to similar demands to rescue its citizen Angelo de la Cruz, this week."

Kenya Times agrees. It acknowledges that giving in to the demands of "terrorists" could encourage them, but also compares Kenya's predicament with that of the Philippines over Mr de la Cruz.

So let's recap, for the recalcitrant and obviously dense Kenyans. Kenya gave no support to Israel and yet got bombed two years ago. Kenya spoke out against the removal of Saddam Hussein and publicly scolded the United States for fighting terrorism and putting an end to the twelve-year Saddam quagmire. Kenya has opposed the establishment of a democracy to replace the brutal tyranny of the Ba'athist regime. What have they received in return? A respite from terrorism, a free pass from Islamofascists? No. All they got was a bombed-out hotel and their citizens kidnapped by bloodthirsty lunatics.

So now they propose to not only appease, but to surrender abjectly in the same manner as the Arroyo government. That not only puts more Kenyans at risk, but everyone else as well. It's time to cut off aid and put diplomatic pressure on appeasers before they get us all killed.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 25, 2004 12:52 PM

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