Last week, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) had the privilege of hosting former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, The Honorable John Bolton, as their keynote speaker at the 8th annual International Christian Prayer & Action Event for Israel at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention held in Nashville.
Prior to introducing Ambassador Bolton, NRB President, Dr. Jerry Johnson announced that an initiative in support of Israel had been passed during the convention. In addition, Dr. Johnson made it very clear that “the NRB stands 100% behind PJTN.”
People from all around the globe gathered in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel’s Governor’s Ballroom to hear Ambassador Bolton’s sobering reminder that our negotiating with the rogue state of Iran is “the biggest political blunder since Munich in 1938.” Mr. Bolton’s mention of “Munich” was in reference to Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s disastrous attempt at appeasement to stop Adolph Hitler’s military aggression. This “land for peace” deal was hailed by Chamberlain as “peace for our time.” The World War that resulted left 60 million people dead in it’s wake. Appeasement and land for peace agreements never work in the face of aggression.
Mr. Bolton stated, “We are down to two options: Iran gets nuclear weapons, far and away the most likely outcome, and/or Israel decides, as it has twice in its history, to take matters into its own hands, and destroy a nuclear weapons program in the hands of a hostile state.” He added, “It is a legitimate exercise of Israel’s right to self defense.” He also pointed out that Israel should not have to be alone in her defense. If Israel must attack in order to defend herself, we must be there to help.
As if the spectre of Iran going nuclear is not distressing enough, Ambassador Bolton pointed out that Iran and North Korea have been collaborating to build weapons since 1998, and when the Israeli Air Force took out a Syrian nuclear reactor in September of 2007, it was found to be North Korean in design. “The fact is that nuclear proliferation is a problem global in scope,” he said. He also reminded us, regarding North Korea,that “the most heavily sanctioned country in the world has already exploded three nuclear devices.”
Ambassador Bolton concluded his address by saying, “If we don’t defend our friends, if we don’t defend our values and our interests, nobody else is going to do it. It all rests on us.” It does, indeed.
By: Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President – Proclaiming Justice to the Nations