Well, at least it’s now out in the open, and even the Europeans will have to admit it: Iran wants to completely destroy Israel. We always knew it was true, but now it’s clearly stated Iranian government policy.
The Daily Telegraph outlines Israel’s options:
|Although Israel is widely believed to have its own nuclear arsenal, it fears such weapons falling into the hands of hostile states.|
|In 1981, when Saddam Hussein threatened to develop a nuclear capability, Israel launched a pre-emptive air strike to destroy Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor.|
|Unilateral military action by Israel would be much harder against Iran’s nuclear capability.|
|Military jets would have to fly much greater distances, and the Iranians have spread their nuclear programmes across a number of sites – some located under mountains.|
|However, Israeli military planners are believed to have a number of options including air strikes using American-designed bunker-busting munitions and commando raids.|
Don’t expect the Europeans to support any action that Israel might take, and don’t expect them to do anything but condemn it afterwards. And, if the State Department and the Arabists and the Old Guard Republicans in this country have their way, the Jewish state will get no support from the USA, either.
There was a time when the Jews stood meekly on the railway platforms amid their meager belongings, boarded the freight cars, and departed docilely for their unspeakable destination. But the state of Israel is unwilling to go gentle into that not-so-good night. If necessary, the Jews will fight their enemies alone, since the alternative is national extermination.
Richard Baehr, in a recent speech in Los Angeles, said that
|Israel has never lived without a threat to its existence. The truth of the matter is that Israel has never been accepted as a permanent nation within the Middle East by the 22 Arab nations, and much of the broader Muslim world. First the Arabs fought to prevent Jewish settlement within Palestine, and then fought the UN partition plan to create two states within the British mandate territory. After the British left, and Israel declared its statehood in 1948, the war against it resumed. The history of Zionism is a history of terrorism and war, but through it all, the tenacity of a people building and defending their new state.|
|Western Europe’s governments have already effectively abandoned Israel, much as they did Czechoslovakia in 1938. It is too much of a burden for them to defend Israel, what with their surging Muslim immigrant populations to appease with the bone of hostility to Israel. And of course since Israel is a close ally of the United States, Europe’s envy of America and its power and world leadership works its way to the surface by confronting the US in the Middle East conflict, through support of the Palestinian side in international organizations, such as the UN.|
If the United States abandons Israel, then the Israelis will have face the Iranian threat alone. But face it they will.
If I were one of the mullahs, I wouldn’t be sleeping well at night.
Update: From the Daily Telegraph again:
|Tony Blair delivered his strongest warning to Iran last night, saying Teheran would not be allowed to become a “threat to our world security”.|
|He hinted that the West might have to resort to force.|
Well, good for him. Are we sure he’s a European?
Hat tip: Cuanas.