Saturday, April 15, 2006

Iran Keeps Escalating

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

"Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation...The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."

Now I wonder what "one storm" he's talking about? See, this kind of rhetoric is the reason people in the West are so adamant that Iran should not be allowed to progress with it's nuclear program. North Korea is worrisome as well, but Kim Jong Il hasn't been running around lately saying he's going to wipe South Korea off the map, let alone do it "soon." And I say "in the West" because Europe and the United States are very much of the same mind on this. Many European countries may have disagreed with the United States about Iraq, but on this they are clearly just as determined. A nuclear-armed Iran is a very bad thing for the whole world given their current leadership.

It would be a very destabilizing force in the Middle East, probably initiating an arms race with other countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. They outright support terrorists hell-bent on the destruction of the US and Israel today. Why wouldn't they pass along material or possibly an actual bomb?

And that's assuming they don't plan to just out-and-out use a nuclear weapon as soon as they had it. Our recent experience with radical Islamism is that they do exactly what they threaten to do, and the current President of Iran is radical Islamist who is repeatedly threatening Israel and the United States with destruction. Plus there's the imbedded issue of martyrdom within radical Islam which probably negates or at least diminishes the concept of mutually assured destruction. In other words, "you use the bomb and you're toast" doesn't apply if they don't care about repercussions and believe they are doing the will of their God.

It's really unfortunate to be in this situation. I really believe the majority off Iranians actually like Americans. I dated a Persian girl in college who's whole family escaped Khomeini's Iran on camel-back across the desert and they love America. It's the twisted Iranian leadership that is pushing this escalation and confrontation. And don't kid yourself thinking it would be different if only big John Kerry had been elected. He would be in the exact same boat ol' Bush and Company are.



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