We told you so, and now there’s only one response — and it isn’t Ron Paul’s.
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• Iran has been working “on the development of an indigenous design of a nuclear weapon including the testing of components.”
• The IAEA — since 2005 — has been aware that “Iran had been engaged in activities involving on a so-called green salt project, high explosives testing and the re-engineering of a missile re-entry vehicle to accommodate a new payload.”
We still do not know precisely when Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the ability to deliver it. But as the IAEA report makes clear, that moment is upon us. What to do?
Our European-minded president is not going to do what is necessary. He and his co-EUnuch friends will seek more sanctions, which will only serve to grant Iran the time it needs to complete the development of its indigenous nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them against Israel, against Americans, and against anyone who may stand in the way of Iran’s hegemony over the Middle East.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has made hatred of America a part of Iran’s religion. His words, recounted in my book In the Words of Our Enemies, are worth repeating here.
In a speech to high school students on March 14, 2005, Khamenei explained why hatred of America is a religious obligation:
You can see that some twenty-six years after the revolution, the Iranian people still chant the slogan of “death to America.” This is because they know that if they become neglectful of the plots being hatched against them by the global arrogance, they will surely suffer defeat from those plots.
In fact, the “death to America” that is chanted by our people is similar to the phrase “I seek the protection of Allah against the cursed Satan…In the same manner, “death to America” is also meant for the Iranian nation not to forget that the world’s hegemonic powers who formerly had great interests in this country and who lost those interests because of the Islamic Revolution are always trying to once again secure those interests and increase their wealth at the cost of hindering our country’s progress and destroying the bright prospects of our talented youngsters.
Iran has been fighting a one-sided war against us since 1979. In Iraq and Afghanistan, in Lebanon and wherever else they have been able, they have taken American lives.
Let’s be perfectly clear: there is no possibility that Iran can be deterred peacefully from developing, deploying, and using nuclear weapons. The time to foment revolution against the mullahs has passed.
Our choices, and Israel’s, are only two. Either take military action to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons development sites or accept the risks of a nuclear-armed Iran.
There’s no use saying that the Iranian people want to befriend us. They don’t, or those who do are too few and too far out of power to make any difference.
There’s no use saying that some diplomatic exercise — especially sanctions — could still work. They can’t. No nation has, by negotiation, changed the mullahs’ course since they took power 32 years ago. And while China, Russia, Venezuela and other nations refuse to abide by the sanctions, they are mooted.
And there’s no use in saying military action — ours or Israel’s — won’t be effective, because it obviously can be. Air (and naval air) forces, cruise missiles and special operations units, working in tandem, can interdict Iran’s nuclear plans for years at a time. Cyberwar can — as the Stuxnet worm proved — damage and disrupt the Iranian nuclear program.
Obama will take no such actions. Which leaves it to Israel which must attack Iran if it is to survive. Israel is a one-bomb country: so small that any nuclear weapon exploded in a city will destroy the nation. They should attack Iran soon, and I believe they will.
The Israelis should target the mullahs themselves, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and their command and control structure before going after the nuclear sites. If Iran can counterattack, Israel may face destruction by conventional means. But if they hit hard and fast, and keep hitting Iran for two or three days straight, they can win.
Good luck, gents. You’re going to need it. And you’ll be fighting our battle for us.
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