The Iranian regime has consistently said two things: it will develop nuclear weapons; it will destroy Israel. Evidence on the ground is that Iran is feverishly doing the first. The second, that it would use nuclear weapons to destroy Israel, depends on whether we take them at their word.
It is easy to make fun of their leaders, either the secular (Li’l Squinty, a/k/a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) or whichever of the weird beards is now the Grand Exalted Imperial Supreme Poobah on the Islamic side of things. But we in America do a disservice to the truth if we merely laugh these mokes off.
We may be able to laugh off the provocative bluster, and believe that Iran doesn’t really mean it. We can do this; it likely won’t be our cities that are nuked if Iran does come up with nukes. In that sense, Iran is about to cook up some geopolitical ham and eggs.
We’re the chicken, or at least Obama and his feckless administration is acting the part. We’ll provide the eggs.
Israel, on the other hand, is in the position of the hog (sorry; I know it’s not kosher, but the simile works) when it comes to ham and eggs: the chicken is involved; the hog committed.
If Iran actually means what it’s been saying for years (“Death to Israel!” and other variants), and they complete that which they’ve been so obviously working on, it’s good night, Tel Aviv.
No Israeli leader can or should belittle or ignore the consistent message of destruction promised by Iran. They should, they must, treat the Iranian threat as real and imminent. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made quite clear on his just-completed visit here, they will do what they believe is necessary to protect themselves.
Obama, of course, knows that any war in the region, regardless of how justified on Israel’s part, will adversely impact the world’s economy, oil in particular. The likely spike in world oil prices would, in turn, harm his re-election prospects, even though he is not directly to blame.
Now comes this report:
The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry — including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes — in exchange for Israel’s agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.
President Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington this week.
Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources.
Do tell. After our presidential election. I’m sure that, if true, the Obamatons will have a perfectly logical-sounding reason for this arrangement.
It’s certainly possible that Israel does not believe it can do the job without these weapons, and that it must wait until America is willing to supply them. On the other hand, everything that has been heard about Iran’s nascent nukes is that military action must be taken this spring if said action is to be effective. Waiting much longer will allow the Iranians to harden their facilities.
On the other hand (there’s always another hand, isn’t there?), it’s possible that the U.S. weaponry will be sufficient to overcome the Iranian hardening. But, if so, then why not deliver them to Israel now?
The answer is obvious: Obama doesn’t want to risk his reelection chances. He wants to give sanctions and diplomacy yet more time to work. Despite a large and mounting body of evidence that sanctions will not work, not while the Russians and Chinese veto anything too harsh. Not to mention that the Iranian regime does not give a fig how much its people suffer; they, the leaders, are bound and determined to get those nukes.
There may be other factors, but that’s what comes across. Loud and clear. What is the security of the world’s only Jewish state compared to another four years for The One?