Like the poor dupe who throws yet another $20 bil onto the three-card monte table, the civilized world still trusts Islamofascist Iran. Tehran’s latest offer is just another shell game.
We who enjoy the blessings of relative peace and plenty, in spite of the Obama ecnomy, want to believe in peace — especially during a season like this.
Like the crowds cheering Neville Chamberlain on his return from meeting with Hitler in September 1938, we want to “go home and get a nice quiet sleep,” as the British prime minister advised the throngs, with full faith in the piece of paper he waved bearing Hitler’s signature.
We don’t want to believe, as Winston Churchill then warned, that the free world is being “weighed in the balance and found wanting,” in dire need of “a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigor.”
For many years now, the West has been pretending that soon-to-be-nuclear-armed Iran is not the grave threat that it is.
As the state of Israel warns that the middle of 2013 will constitute a red line in Iran’s nuclear weapon development the Jewish state cannot tolerate, Tehran now says it will let inspectors from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency — its nuclear weapons “watchdog” — visit a military base at Parchin, southeast of Tehran.
It is strongly suspected that Iran has conducted nuclear weapons-related explosives tests at the base. But Iran will only allow such an inspection if threats of military action against the country are dropped.
The game is rigged, however. Iran has spent the last year disinfecting Parchin of all traces of atomic weaponry activity. Yet IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano plays along, in the naïve tradition of his Egyptian predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei, suggesting that the results of an inspection of the site would not be tainted.
Interviewed by the Times of India last week, Amano spoke words that sounded far too much like Chamberlain’s language of appeasement in regard to Dec. 13 talks between the IAEA and Iran.
“We have been negotiating for close to one year but we don’t have concrete results, and that is worrying. … IAEA wants to solve the issue through diplomatic means and we remain committed to dialogue. … Both sides are willing to reach an agreement, and that is the right path because it is in the interest of Iran too.”
The talks have been going on so long without concrete results because the mullahs in Tehran know that those on the opposite side of the table are committed to endless and pointless dialogue. These Islamist fanatics do not seek an agreement, because in supernatural, post-apocalyptic terms they likely view a nuclear jihad as more in Iran’s interest than a resolution.
Iranian oil minister Rostam Ghasemi last weekend even crowed that Iran has overcome the West’s oh-so-tough economic sanctions. He claimed, “resorting to planning in the oil industry, we left the bottleneck behind, almost.”
The Associated Press reports that state-owned National Iranian Oil Company head Ahmad Qalehbani recently remarked that Iran can produce its own equipment for 85% of its oil industry needs.
Meanwhile, a month ago the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate voted 94 to 0, in an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill, to impose additional sanctions penalizing foreign businesses and banks dealing with Iran’s energy, ports, shipping, shipbuilding and trade involving graphite, aluminum and steel — over the Obama administration’s absurd objections that they would “undercut” existing sanctions.
IAEA inspections and intensified sanctions are of little, if any, value. Unfortunately, the Islamofascists are now so close to obtaining the bomb that a military assault by Israel, hopefully with U.S. assistance, may be inevitable.
We have only ourselves to blame for taking the Chamberlain approach of wishful thinking for so many years, instead of Churchillian realism.
Source: Investors Business Daily