There is a storm coming, and it may well be closer than we think. Soon, the flash of light we see on the horizon may not be lightning, but rather the glow from a nuclear test somewhere in the Iranian wilderness. As we occupy ourselves with political issues like health care reform, cap-and-trade, jobs bills, and bank taxes our enemy, Iran, is building a nuclear weapon. Make no mistake about it, all other global crises considered, Iran’s effort to build a bomb is the defining issue of the next decade. If they succeed in their quest and deliver a weapon to Hamas, Al Qaeda, or Hezbollah, millions of lives will be held hostage and the world as we know it may truly cease to exist.
This storm is no surprise however. Iran has been quite outspoken on its desire to become a nuclear power and, thanks to people like A.Q Khan, they will soon have enough operational centrifuges to refine the fuel for about 20 bombs a year. Even the IAEA has come out and admitted in their latest report that Iran’s nuclear program appears to have military implications. What about their intentions with such a weapon though? Could it truly be defensive in nature? Fortunately, we do not have to rely on third party conjecture here, we have Mahmoud himself! President Ahmadinejad has, in fact, told the world what they can expect from Iran as soon as they have “the bomb.” Just in case you have forgotten, here it is again – straight from the mouth of a tyrant:
“The Zionist regime wants to establish its base upon the ruins of the civilizations of the region…The uniform shout of the Iranian nation is forever ‘Death to Israel.’…” – October 2009 Fars News Agency
“This (the Israeli) regime’s days are numbered and it is on its way to collapse. This regime is dying.” – September 2009 Al Quds rally Tehran
“Don’t be afraid of those Zionists. They are on the verge of death. Their time has passed. Do not surrender your people to them…Unless they are put in their place at the very beginning of their conspiracy, they will jeopardize the security of the whole world, they will jeopardize the security of the whole region… They want the entire world. At their very first step, you must crush their step, crush their leg, so that they do not dare to invade the Islamic lands” – April 2009 Iranian News Channel interview
“I have heard some say the idea of Greater Israel has expired….I say that the idea of lesser Israel has expired, too.” – September 2009 Press Conference Tehran
“We will witness the dismantling of the corrupt regime (Israel) in the very near future.” – August 2008 Speech in Tehran
“Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation.…” May 2008 remarks on Israeli Independence Day
“With God’s help, the countdown button for the destruction of the Zionist regime has been pushed by the hands of the children of Lebanon andPalestine . . . By God’s will, we will witness the destruction of this regime in the near future.” – April 2008 quote Fars News Agency
“The Zionists are the true manifestation of Satan . . . “ February 2007 Meeting in Khartoum
“Thanks to people’s wishes and God’s will the trend for the existence of the Zionist regime is downwards and this is what God has promised and what all nations want…Just as the Soviet Union was wiped out and today does not exist, so will the Zionist regime soon be wiped out.” – December 2006 Holocaust Conference
“Israel is destined for destruction and will soon disappear. Israel is a contradiction to nature, we foresee its rapid disappearance and destruction.” – November 2006
“The Zionist regime is counterfeit and illegitimate and cannot survive” – October 2006 Iranian Television
Never does Mahmoud explicitly state that Iran will wipe Israel off the face of the map, but rather he says that this will be accomplished by the Palestinians. Is this nothing more than rhetoric designed solely to draw regional favor, or is it something far more insidious? Perhaps, just perhaps, he is telling Hamas and Hezbollah that they will soon receive the tool that they need to destroy Israel forever. If such a weapon were deployed and detonated by one of these groups, Iran would have all the plausible denial that they would need to avoid direct confrontation with the west. They would even vow to help find the culprit while giving a behind the scenes “wink” to their friends. It is the perfect scenario for a perfect storm.
Our President however, seems content to walk into the hurricane with little more than a pocket umbrella. While Mahmoud continues to make statements like the ones above, Obama responds with a brand of soft diplomacy that would make Neville Chamberlain wince:
“For nearly three decades relations between our nations have been strained, but at this holiday we are reminded of the common humanity that binds us together…This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.” – President Obama’s 2009 video appeal to Iranian People.
These words would fail to send shivers down even the weakest leader’s spine. They are almost conciliatory in their tone and convey a weaknesses of US will that neither Tomahawk Missiles nor F-16s can fix. In the end, they may generate some type of “Munich Agreement” but will do little to stop the advancing storm. It is no wonder that our little friend the tyrant presses on. He truly believes that he has nothing to fear, and maybe he is right.
So, as time progresses and our leaders continue to prattle on about sanctions and international pressure, please listen closely to the words of our tyrant friend. He is forecasting the track of a great storm, and its eye is headed directly for Jerusalem and freedom loving people everywhere. We may still have time to avoid the storm, but decisive military action is the only answer, and it must be taken without delay. If we do not act now, and act decisively, then no one should feel rage on the dark day that the storm strikes…only shame.