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August 29, 2007
London Editor Prays for Nuke Attack on Israel
The editor of an Arabic daily newspaper based in London would be more than happy if an Iranian nuclear weapon was detonated on Israeli soil:
The editor of an Arabic daily newspaper published in London said in an interview on Lebanese television that he would dance in Trafalgar Square if Iranian missiles hit Israel.
Talking about Iran's nuclear capability on ANB Lebanese television on June 27, Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, said, "If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight."
Somehow, I don't think he would be alone.
Bari Atwan also said that if the US and Iran make a deal on the nuclear program, Arabs will pay the price:
"If there is a deal, it will be at the expense of the Arabs and if there is a war, it will also be at the expense of the Arabs," he responded. "I'm sad to say that we have no backbone now. If Iran reaches a deal with the Americans, what will be the bottom line? That Iran will have a nuclear program, and even if it does not manufacture nuclear weapons in the next 5-10 years, it will do so later." Most analysts agree that one of Iran's options if they go to war with America would be to strike Israel. But at the moment, they appear not to have any nuclear weapons so Mr. Bari Atwan's fantasy thankfully remains a pipe dream.
"One of the fruits of such a deal would be a significant Iranian role in the region. Iran will remain a regional military power, which will threaten, or rather, will control and have hegemony over the region.
"If a war breaks out, where will the Iranians retaliate? If Iran is able to retaliate, it will burn the oil wells, block the Strait of Hormuz, attack the American bases in the Gulf and, Allah willing, it will attack Israel, as well," Bari Atwan continued.
The unhinged and radical nature of Muslims who live in western countries is a problem that will eventually have to be dealt with. If not, we will certainly pay a price for our short sightedness.