The Moose examines the difference that words can make.
Some Members of Congress have protested Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki's address to a joint session of Congress because he criticized Israel and refused to condemn Hezbollah. The Moose shares their frustration, but notes that it is better that this Iraqi leader is hurling verbal missiles instead of real ones.
A recent Iraqi leader launched real, deadly missiles against Israel. An earlier ruler of Iraq paid the families of suicide bombers a princely sum after their relatives strapped explosives to their bodies and killed and mutilated Israelis. Perhaps, these Congressmen who lament the words of the new Iraqi leader, will now celebrate the fact that Saddam is behind bars instead of issuing verbal orders to kill Israelis and slaughter his own people.
The Moose harbors no illusions about a dramatic transformation of Muslim attitudes toward the Jewish state. But, it is a dramatic improvement when words cannot kill. --