Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mullah's Stealth War

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The Washington Times

A young, foreign policy pundit on CNN made a comment recently that best explains why Iran's brazen march to develop nuclear weapons continues, unabated by U.S. efforts to stop it. Asked about former Vice President Dick Cheney's statement that the Bush administration at one time considered war with Iran, the pundit, with obvious sarcasm, responded that starting another war would have been a brilliant move. What is disconcerting about this is the pundit's naivete - unfortunately shared by most Americans - that going to war with Iran means we would be "starting" it. The reality is Iran has been at war with us for three decades. Much as stealth technology hides an aircraft from radar's view, our refusal to retaliate against Iran hides its war against us from view. If Americans fully understood this, the Sept. 21 revelation that Iran has been building a second uranium-enrichment plant since 2007 and Tehran's test-firing six days later of short-range missiles should have evoked international outrage. It should have had us focusing on what these Islamic extremists have in mind next as they take a war they are fighting - but we are not - to its endgame. This war has been deadly as Iran has claimed hundreds of American lives - all without retribution. It emboldens the mullahs to continue their quest for global hegemony, which they see achievable only through America's and Israel's destruction. Understanding this, as well as the apocalyptic vision of Tehran's leadership that such hegemony only evolves from the ashes of world chaos, makes it clear what Iran's endgame is - nuclear war.

And based on Islamic extremists' perception of the blissful rewards to come in the afterlife, not even the threat of a U.S. or Israeli nuclear retaliatory strike will deter them from it. In 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's road to power in Iran was paved by President Carter's illusion that Khomeini was a humanitarian. Mr. Carter pressured the shah to leave. Deception achieved, Khomeini ripped off his Dr. Jekyll mask, revealing Mr. Hyde, brutalizing his own people and terrorizing the West. Violating international law, he seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking our diplomats hostage. Only a more forceful U.S. president's inauguration prompted Iran to release them. The U.S. Embassy seizure just tested the waters as Iran's mullahs sought to ascertain if America had backbone. During President Reagan's watch, Tehran struck for blood. On the morning of Oct. 23, 1983, 241 American lives were lost in the biggest non-nuclear explosion since World War II when a suicide truck bomber attacked the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. Responsibility was claimed by the terrorist group Islamic Jihad, serving as a front for Hezbollah - an organization whose lifeline directly leads to Tehran. Yet the U.S. took no retaliatory action. (Read more...)