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thedrifter
04-15-06, 01:16 PM
Iran Will Destroy Israel, Unless We Act
April 15th, 2006
Steven M. Warshawsky

The fanatical president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has once again threatened to destroy Israel. As reported by AP, Ahmadinejad today told an audience at a pro-Palestinian conference that Israel is a “permanent threat” to the Middle East and that “the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation.”

These threats must be taken seriously.

This is not calculated boasting, along the lines of Nikita Khrushchev’s infamous “we will bury you” remark. This is the sincere expression of the radical Islamic belief that Jews must be killed. Israel just happens to be the most obvious and convenient target on which to carry out this directive. Let’s not forget, however, that Islamic terrorists have killed Jews throughout the world.

It should be obvious by now that there will be no negotiating with Ahmadinejad and the mullahs who rule Iran. They see the very existence of Israel as anathema to their way of life. As Ahmadinejad stated: Israel’s “existence has harmed the dignity of Islamic nations.”

Ahmadinejad, in effect, has declared a blood feud against the nation of Israel that will not end until he, or Israel, is eliminated.

The concept of peaceful co-existence between Israel and Islam—or even a precarious but non-existential cold war, as lasted for decades between the United States and the USSR—is completely contrary to Ahmadinejad’s belief system. He is determined to destroy Israel.

And unless the Iranian regime and its nuclear weapons program is destroyed first, he will succeed. It is only a matter of time (perhaps 3-5 years) before Iran has 4 or 5 nuclear bombs with which to carry out its threats. That’s all that would be required to “annihilate” a tiny country like Israel (along with dozens of my own relatives).

Why should we, as Americans, care if Israel is wiped out? Besides the obvious humanitarian, democratic, and civilizational motives we have for supporting Israel—not to mention the clear danger that Iran will provide nuclear bombs to terrorists who will use them against American targets—the bottom line is that Israel will not let itself be nuked into oblivion without striking back with nuclear weapons of its own. Then the entire Middle East will become a nuclear war zone, with the dire potential for further military escalation, along with severe disruptions of the world’s economic and political systems. In short, no good can come of Iran having nuclear weapons.

President Bush recognized this long ago. As he declared in his State of the Union address in January 2002:

States like these [Iran, Iraq, North Korea], and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

Moreover, rather than “wait[ing] on events, while dangers gather”—which is what we and the Europeans are doing now—President Bush pledged at that time

...not [to] stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons.

It is time for President Bush to live up to his courageous words from four years ago. It is time for the United States to take strong, preemptive action against the Iranian regime, before another racist, Jew-hating madman plunges the world into war.

Ellie