Israel to Iran: It's Crunch Time
It is indeed a cold day in Hell when the New York Times blunders into telling the truth about Iran. Well, it just happened. This is serious business, because it means that the NYT is now expecting something real to happen soon.
President Obama has been tip-toeing away from the Iranian nuclear end-run for three years, until the window of opportunity to preempt catastrophe has almost slammed shut. The Saudis may be buying their own nukes. Iran is threatening to block almost half of Europe's oil by shutting the Strait of Hormuz, and it can do so -- but only at a terrible price. But once the mullahs have nukes, nobody will dare to stop them.
Europe, the Arabs, Israel, and yes, the United States are all therefore facing the end of the road. If we fail to act now we will become Tehran's running lackeys very soon. Obama's three years of dithering has made this moment unavoidable.
Just as the NYT-Wapo axis only reports real poll results near election time, the fact that they are now reporting the reality of the Iranian threat means they expect something big to happen soon.
As in -- an Israeli attack on Natanz, and on Tehran's missile bases like the Imam Ali missile base -- Imam Ali being Tehran's Armageddon messiah. Or an Israeli nuclear warning explosion under the Negev desert, to see if the mullahs might sober up before it's too late. Or a major EMP attack on Tehran's oil refinery and electricity grid. Or a huge denial-of-service cyberattack on Tehran's military and government infrastructure. Or all of the above.
Here are excerpts from the most truthful analysis the NYT-WaPo Axis has ever published. It's called, "Will Israel Attack Iran?" and written by Ronen Bergman, a very skilled analyst for Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. Bergman quotes two people, PM Bibi Netanyahu, and his Labour Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak. They are from different parties, but both served as paratroops in combat. Both have made good and bad decisions. And both consider themselves responsible "in a very direct and concrete way for the existence of the State of Israel -- indeed, for the future of the Jewish people."
... Barak laid out three ... questions
1. Does Israel have the ability to cause severe damage to Iran's nuclear sites and bring about a major delay in the Iranian nuclear project? And can (Israel) withstand the inevitable counterattack?
2. Does Israel have ... support, particularly from America, for carrying out an attack?
3. Have all other possibilities ... been exhausted, bringing Israel to the point of last resort?"
And then the punch line:
For the first time ... some of Israel's most powerful leaders believe that the response to all of these questions is yes.
The "most powerful leaders" are obviously Netanyahu and Barak. Between them they represent a majority of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesseth.
Barack Obama has been playing chicken with Israel on a second Holocaust. That is grossly irresponsible, but it's no particular surprise for the worst foreign policy president in American history. Obama has been just as destructive to the Arabs by supporting the anarchy, warfare, and economic destruction of the perversely misnamed "Arab Spring." And by failing to keep the faith with our allies all over the world, Obama has weakened confidence in the United States from Asia to the Eastern Europe. But in national security, as in finance, confidence means everything.
Obama has essentially lost the Middle East, where nobody now trusts us. The Saudis are furious at Obama for failing to protect them against Iranian nukes, which are much closer to their shores than they are to Israel.
Jimmy Carter betrayed Iran to the Dark Age of Ayatollah Khomeini. Barack Obama has now betrayed the Arab world to the Dark Age of the Muslim Brotherhood. Those two Democrat presidents are directly responsible for criminal neglect and collusion with genocidal evil.
That is entirely consistent with the radical left in Europe, which colludes with genocidal regimes at the United Nations every day of the week. The Sudan was elected to the Human Rights Commission of the General Assembly with the active collaboration of Europe. As Michael Ledeen points out, the hard left collaborates with Islamic fascists all over the world.
That is all we need to know.
Israel declared its independence in 1948 as a last refuge for the Jewish people. It has fought time and again since that year for its very existence. The IDF does not perform miracles, but with its back to the wall it will break the Iranian path to nukes, come what may.
The United States is the only power in the world that can intervene safely in Iran, the way it did in Gulf War I and II and in Iraq. The Arabs, the Europeans, and even Israel are still hoping that we will step in with our overwhelming military power.
But Barack Obama has been using the Iranian threat to extort border concessions from Israel for the last three years, as he has publicly proclaimed. In re-election mode Obama is still playing to the phony pacifists of his left wing. Above all, Obama wants to vote "present" rather than act. After all, he might be held responsible for his actions if the American people ever find out.
What would you do in Israel's place?