By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:20 PM PT
Election 2008: What is it about Barack Obama that makes our enemies like him?
The latest anti-American icon to express eagerness for an Obama presidency is none other than Fidel Castro.
Presidential candidates usually collect the endorsements of governors, senators and aldermen. But Obama is
getting the backing of thug after thug on the international scene
. Castro became the latest when, in an article
in the Cuban government organ Granma, he gave the Democratic front-runner the closest thing to an endorsement
the communist despot has ever bestowed.
Castro called Obama, "this man who is doubtless, from the social and human points of view, the most progressive
candidate to the U.S. presidency." He also oddly conceded what the effect of his praise would be: "Were I to defend
him, I would do his adversaries an enormous favor."
This comes after Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega praised Obama and his political allies as "laying the foundations
for a revolutionary change" in America.
Then there's the seized laptop of Raul Reyes, warlord with Colombia's Marxist-Leninist FARC narcoterrorist group slain in
an army raid in March. It contained Reyes' cheery report of some "gringos" he met assuring him that Obama would be
the next president.
Which raises a question: When Obama promised, as he did in a recent speech on Latin American policy, that "we will
fully support Colombia's fight against the FARC," does that mean more military aid or just "social" aid?
Data on Reyes' computer also implicated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as supporting FARC as it tries to
overthrow Colombia's government. Can we guess from all this who Chavez himself would like to see in power in Washington?
And let's not forget the chief political adviser to Hamas' Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh remarking, "We like
Mr. Obama, and we hope he will win the election."
By contrast, Obama rival John McCain was blasted by Castro earlier this year when the Arizona senator reiterated
claims made in his memoirs of Cuban Communists torturing U.S. POWs in Hanoi.
"Let me remind you, Mr. McCain," said Castro, "the commandments of the religion you practice prohibit lying."
The Castros and Chavezes and Mahmoud Ahmadinejads of today's dangerous world are masters of the lie.
That's why Sen. Obama's willingness to speak to all of them without precondition so thrills these enemies of freedom.http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=296780433898387