by John Hawkins | April 20, 2006 5:08 am
Although there is much debate about how long we have until Iran has a functional nuclear weapon, it’s entirely possible that President Bush, in months, not years, may have to decide whether to bomb the Iranians in order to set their program back or whether to allow them to acquire nuclear weapons.
If we do have to bomb, we can be sure that Iran will retaliate and that we will have minimal international support. Because of this, most liberals seem to be coming down in favor of allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons. Some of them, like Thomas Friedman, admit that — most others don’t yet, but it does appear to be becoming the default liberal position.
Since that’s the case, if and when the time comes, you can expect liberals to come up with every excuse in the book to forestall military action. That’s not to say there are no good arguments against bombing Iran. There certainly are a few. However, there are also some excellent reasons to do anything it takes to stop the Iranians from acquiring nukes — starting with the fact that the government of that country is full of dangerous, crazy, terrorist supporting Islamo-fascists who are just as implaccably hostile to America and our allies in Israel as Osama Bin Laden.
Here are a few quotes to show you what I mean. As you read these quotations, consider whether America would be more or less safe if these people had access to nuclear bombs.
“You should make the world understand that Israel is the oppressor and that Israel must be destroyed.” — Ayatollah Ali Meshkini
“The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“Very soon, this stain of disgrace [i.e. Israel] will be purged from the center of the Islamic world – and this is attainable.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“They have fabricated a legend under the name ‘Massacre of the Jews’, and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“(I)f someone were to deny the myth of the Jews’ massacre, all the Zionist mouthpieces and the governments subservient to the Zionists tear their larynxes and scream against the person as much as they can.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in its possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world” — Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
“Thanks to the blood of the martyrs, a new Islamic revolution has arisen and the Islamic revolution of 1384 [the current Iranian year] will, if God wills, cut off the roots of injustice in the world. The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“Iran’s hardline spiritual leaders have issued an unprecedented new fatwa, or holy order, sanctioning the use of atomic weapons against its enemies.
In yet another sign of Teheran’s stiffening resolve on the nuclear issue, influential Muslim clerics have for the first time questioned the theocracy’s traditional stance that Sharia law forbade the use of nuclear weapons.
One senior mullah has now said it is “only natural” to have nuclear bombs as a “countermeasure” against other nuclear powers, thought to be a reference to America and Israel.
The pronouncement is particularly worrying because it has come from Mohsen Gharavian, a disciple of the ultra-conservative Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, who is widely regarded as the cleric closest to Iran’s new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” — The Telegraph
“After his U.N. speech in September, Ahmadinejad was caught on videotape telling a cleric that during the speech an aura, a halo, appeared around his head right on the podium of the General Assembly. “I felt the atmosphere suddenly change. And for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink. . . . It seemed as if a hand was holding them there, and it opened their eyes to receive the message from the Islamic Republic.” — Charles Krauthammer on Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad
“To shouts of “Death to America,” Iran’s parliament unanimously approved the outline of a bill Sunday that would require the government to resume uranium enrichment, legislation likely to deepen an international dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities.” — Associated Press Via Little Green Footballs
“Relations between the west and the hardline Iranian regime are set to worsen after a Tehran-based group claimed yesterday it was trying to recruit Iranians and other Muslims in Britain to carry out suicide bombings against Israel.
The Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign, which claims to be independent but has the backing of the regime, said it is targeting potential recruits in Britain because of the relative ease with which UK passport-holders can enter Israel.” — The Guardian
“The first target is Israel. For us, that is the battlefield. All the Jews are targets, whether military or civilian. It’s our land and they are in the wrong place. It’s their duty to pay attention to safety of their own families and move them away from the battlefield.” — Mohammad Samadi, spokesman for The Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign
“Some 10,000 people have registered their names to carry out martyrdom operations on our defined targets. Our targets are mainly the occupying American and British forces in the holy Iraqi cities, all the Zionists in Palestine, and Salman Rushdie.” — Mohammad Samadi, spokesman for The Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign
“The world of Islam has been mobilized against America for the past 25 years. The peoples call, “death to America.” Who used to say “death to America?” Who, besides the Islamic Republic and the Iranian people, used to say this? Today, everyone says this.” — Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
“God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism” — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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