Jewish World Review Jan. 16, 2006 / 16 Teves 5766
Bush, Iran and the press
With most of the American press firmly against the war in Iraq
and many media types portraying President Bush as a bumbling fool, the
danger we all face from Iran is being shrouded in a fog of partisan
In a very underreported story, the International Atomic Energy
Agency announced that Iran is resuming its uranium enrichment program, which
is necessary to develop nuclear weaponry. The Iranians say they don't want a
nuke, they want more electricity. And if you believe that, I have a
Victoria's Secret franchise in Teheran I'd like to sell you. The mullahs
control plenty of electricity.
Iran is clearly thumbing its nose at the world and is doing so
because it believes the USA has been weakened by the war in Iraq, and Europe
is too cowardly to do anything other than complain. The fanatical Iranian
mullahs are, as one diplomat put it, rolling the dice and daring the world
to stop them.
Of course, if Iran does develop nukes, the odds of Al Qaeda
gaining access to them are high. What better way to attack the "American
devil" than by using a nuclear device? And the mullahs could always claim
they had nothing to do with the attack. Remember, it was a rogue Pakistani
scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, who sold nuclear stuff to Libya and, perhaps,
to North Korea. The Pakistani government claimed to know nothing about it.
Now it is hard to imagine that the left-leaning, anti-Bush
press, both here and abroad, would encourage President Bush to take
aggressive action against Iran. In fact, my guess is any saber rattling by
Washington would be greeted with partisan skepticism and scorn in the media.
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The question then becomes: Has the White House been intimidated
by the chaos in Iraq? With faulty CIA intelligence both before and after
9/11, has Mr. Bush lost the credibility, and perhaps the confidence, to take
bold action against Iran?
This is a crucial question as the mullahs challenge the world.
Even though Jacques Chirac and Vladimir Putin say they
are fed up with Iran, talk is cheap, and these guys are a discount
warehouse. In the end, it will probably be left to the USA and Great Britain
to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions, although Israel is a wild card.
This is the real deal, and every American should understand the
danger. The chief Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wants Israel wiped
off the face of the earth and denies the Holocaust ever took place.
Obviously, Israel is not going to allow nukes in Iran.
So while some in the anti-Bush media continue to pile on the
president at every opportunity, those of us who understand the war on terror
are growing increasingly uneasy. The mullahs and terrorists believe the Bush
administration is seriously weakened and are watching with great glee. No
way in the months directly after 9/11 would these guys have pulled this
stuff. But now they are emboldened by the struggle in Iraq and the apathy at
the United Nations.
The mullahs are arrogant, dangerous and heading for trouble. I
hear Iran's new motto might be a steal from Vegas: "What happens here, stays
here. And blank you if you don't like it."
With nukes now in play, that's a recipe for disaster.
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