Exactly what did President Obama and his former anti-war protester, Secretary of State John Kerry, agree to with Iran? As we contemplate that, let me ask you a couple of rhetorical questions that will admittedly call for a measure of imagination and what ifs.
What if you had a next door neighbor who had thrown rocks at your house, broken windows in your car and kicked your dog? What if he continually insulted you, your kids and your wife? What if, on numerous occasions, he had promised to kill you? Then one day you see a truck parked outside his house with “guns and ammunition specialists” painted on it. Would you simply shrug it off and go about business as usual?
Let’s take it a step further: What if you have gone to the authorities – police, judges, city council – and they all just shrugged their shoulders and said, “We can do nothing about threats”? You tell them about the guns and ammunition specialists’ truck parked at your house, and they say, “It’s within their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
One more time. What if this same neighbor has family members and friends who have already been to prison for brutally assaulting and killing people? To make it even more personal, what if extended members of your family have already been killed by these same murderers?
What do you do?
This is the precisely the quandary faced by modern-day Israel and the basis for the Israeli mindset of “never again” – the cornerstone of its military, economic and political philosophy. This, in my opinion, was the basis for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the U.S. Congress – to counter the Iranian religious leadership’s publicly stated intent to “wipe Israel off the map” or “erase them from the page.”
While it is not officially stated, almost every Israeli is committed to the concept that Israel will never again allow its people to be led like lambs to the slaughter even if the rest of the world – including the U.S. – does nothing to help.
The Allied powers of World War II were aware of Hitler’s ethnic cleansing, and yet they refused to act promptly and decisively, resulting in the annihilation of more than 6 million Jews. Several modern-day Islamic nations have today vowed to eliminate the Jews, and the West seems to be wearing the same blinders it wore more than 70 years ago. It is my considered opinion that Israel will not permit a repeat scenario.
We have a tendency to think other folks think like we think, like the Arabs who are saying, “We just want our neighborhoods in a separate state. We’re willing to live side by side with Israelis if they’ll stop discriminating against us.” Right. This is not a debate about neighborhoods. The Iranian leadership – media oblivion and censorship to the contrary – has repeatedly stated its intent to “annihilate Israel.” They are not simply talking about taking over the Temple Mount or establishing a neighborhood in a “Palestinian Homeland.” They clearly intend to “cleanse/purge the land” of those who are “infecting” it, the Jews. Thus, the drive to obtain not nuclear power but nuclear weapons.
The prime minister of Israel made clear to the U.S. Congress and the world, in so many words, Israel’s officially unstated position – that it will not stand by while Iran, which has sworn publicly to destroy it, is allowed by Western powers to develop and obtain these nuclear weapons.
What if Prime Minister Netanyahu’s unstated position is, “We will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, and if our actions generate World War III, so be it, but we will not permit ourselves to be annihilated”?
It would be a grave error with unimaginable consequences for the world in general, and America in particular, if we failed to have heard not a threat, but the unstated promise from Israel, “Never again.”
Now, about that agreement with Iran …
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