Iran: They’re Not Kidding

By Peter Bernard - Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On November 4, 1979, 66 Americans at the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran were taken hostage by militant, Islamic “students” as part of the theocratic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini.  Of this number, 52 were held for a total of 444 days.

A proverbial shot was fired across the bow of the West.  The Islamic Revolution had arrived, and the United States was its ultimate target.

The formal establishment of Hezbollah in Lebanon occurred in February 1985 with the aid of some 1,500 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.  The “Party of God,”  along with their Iranian sponsors (who provide Hezbollah with $100 million per year), believes in the ultimate return of the 12th or “hidden” Imam, the Mahdi, who will restore the glories of Islam.  That brave new world will have no place for kaffirs, or non-believers.

Iran wasn’t kidding then.  They are not kidding now.

On April 18, 1983 Hezbollah attacked the United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.  That terrorist bombing took 63 lives, including 17 Americans.

On October 23, 1983 Hezbollah terrorists murdered 241 American servicemen in the bombing of their barracks in Beirut.  The United States government put responsibility on the attackers and the government of Iran.

On February 26, 1993 a truck bomb, which was planted by Islamic terrorists, was detonated in the garage of the World Trade Center in New York City.  Six people were killed and 1,042 injured.  According to the FBI, the foiled plans of the perpetrators included upcoming attacks on the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, as well as the release of enough cyanide gas to wipe out a small town.  The New York Times reported that at least $100,000, mostly from Iran, had been placed in the bank accounts of the prime suspects.

On August 2010, the United States Ambassador to Iraq stated that 25 percent of the deaths of 4,400 American soldiers killed in Iraq were due to Iranian-backed insurgent groups.

Iran wasn’t kidding then.  They aren’t kidding now.

Iran’s hatred of the West includes its repeatedly stated intention to utterly annihilate Israel.  Israelis and Jews worldwide know from bitter experience that such language must be taken seriously.

Iranian-sponsored attacks on Israeli diplomats and Jewish civilians in Argentina, India, Bulgaria, Georgia, and elsewhere show their true intent.

Regarding Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, President Obama stated in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March of this year that, “Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment.”

Really? Does Mr. Obama truly understand the threat to the United States, its citizens, its allies, and its interests worldwide?

There is precious little evidence that this administration is dealing with Iran seriously.  In the Wall Street Journal on August 17, 2012 David Feith stated that sanctions on Iran have been “troublesome, not crippling.”  He further pointed out that all twenty of Iran’s major oil-trading partners have received waivers of some kind from U.S. sanctions.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that America, “will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.”  However, Iran remains deadly serious about obtaining nuclear arms.  Reuel Marc Gerecht recently wrote in The Weekly Standard “…there will be no nuclear compromise.  The Supreme Leader [Ali Khameini] will not buckle under sanctions.”

The fact is that the current regime of Islamists is not intimidated by what they obviously perceive as weak responses – such as the recently failed 5+1 negotiations — to their clearly stated objectives.  This pack of Iranian ideologues is on a clear path to obtain nuclear weapons, obliterate Israel, then focus on America.

Iran has already threatened to station warships off the coast of Venezuela, possibly precipitating another Cuban-style Missile Crisis.

Iran is still not kidding.

As to the proper American response, we need to remember a certain fellow named Ronald Wilson Reagan.  His 1980 election alone was the impetus for the Ayatollah to release the hostages taken back in the time of Jimmy Carter.

Of course, Reagan proactively challenged the Soviet Union as well.  He ordered the build-up of U.S. forces that ultimately caused the collapse of Communist Russia, thus deciding the Cold War in America’s favor.

Only a similar show of strength and unwavering resolve by the U.S. can make Khameini and his thugs stand down.

Severe measures may be necessary, including attacks on Iran’s infrastructure, supply lines, and electrical grid, and/or the bombing of its nuclear sites before they become totally impenetrable.

A stalwart United States standing up for its own interests and those of the West is crucial.  There can be no more bluffing or fumbling.

Can the United States afford to play this game of “nuclear chicken” with Iran?

Are you kidding?


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