Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Iran: Same Old, Same Old?

Daniel Pipes's latest article, Iran's Final Solution Plan, makes many valid points that this dangerous anti-Semitic rhetoric of "death to Israel" from Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is merely restating their position of the last quarter century. But the reaction from the world is what seems different.

While Kofi Annan could only muster "dismay" at the statements, Turkey, Russia and China all condemned it. But they weren't the only surprising additions to the usual allies... there was a very significant addition:

Even the Palestinian Authority's Saeb Erekat spoke against Mr. Ahmadinejad: "Palestinians recognize the right of the state of Israel to exist, and I reject his comments."

Considering Iran's president states his support for the Palistinians as part of his motivation, does this move seem like a slap in the face? Surely, though this may be a simple chess move on the part of the PA. But stating it publically still matters. Pipes offers several reasons why this latest move is being met with such world condemnation:

In a constructive spirit, I offer them four reasons. First, Mr. Ahmadinejad's virulent character gives the threats against Israel added credibility. Second, he in subsequent days defiantly repeated and elaborated on his threats. Third, he added an aggressive coda to the usual formulation, warning Muslims who recognize Israel that they "will burn in the fire of the Islamic umma [nation]."

This directly targets the Palestinians and several Arab states, but especially neighboring Pakistan. Just a month before Mr. Ahmadinejad spoke, the Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, stated that "Israel rightly desires security." He envisioned the opening of embassies in Israel by Muslim countries like Pakistan as a "signal for peace." Mr. Ahmadinejad perhaps indicated an intent to confront Pakistan over relations with Israel.

The main reason this is taken more seriously is because a nuclear Iran is no longer a question of "if" but rather of "when." Pipes's summary nails it.

And Mr. Blair later warned Tehran with some menace against its becoming a "threat to our world security." His alarm needs to translate into action, and urgently so.

We are on notice. Will we act in time?

Can the world afford not to? It is time for the world to unite to pressure Iran. If not, the world will suffer.


At 3:26 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

As Daniel Pipes has stated, action not words.

At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

"As Tony Blair noted, Mr. Ahmadinejad's threats raise the question, "When are you going to do something about this?"

Probably nver.
As always they have some VERY strong words of dismay but nothing to back the up.
This is why this turd (Ahmadinejad ) can say things like that.
And he says now : "And what can you do about it punks?"

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

What we need is a country next to Iran we can park three Armored Cavalry Regiments in, and base enough air power in theater to make the Kosovo war look like a candy drop.

Oh, wait. We already have all that.

Time for Prez Bush to say "boo!"

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Seawitch, amen!

Felis, sadly that's my fear.

I'm sooooo with you, Mr. Beamish! You got that right!

At 4:20 AM, Anonymous Bozwell said...


"We are on notice. Will we act in time?"

I hope so...gimmie access to some missiles and I know where I'd be aiming them!

At 3:44 PM, Blogger LASunsett said...

Iran has become very bellicose, as of late. I say it's time to get bellicose back.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"is merely restating their position of the last quarter century."

That's what I don't get. Why is the world shocked by Iran's statement?

"And Mr. Blair later warned Tehran with some menace against its becoming a "threat to our world security."

With that and a cup of coffee, you have a cup of coffee.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...

"And Mr. Blair later warned Tehran with some menace against its becoming a "threat to our world security."

holy crap! i thought i would never see the day. maybe this is the end of the world. or maybe we just need to destroy iran. i'm game.

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I'm with Beamish and Drum Master on this one.

Iran is well on the way to nuclear weapons. Does the world understand that reality?

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

If the United States and the Coalition won't react ... the IDF will!
צבא ההגנה לישראל - האתר הרשמי

Missions are in the folders, the seals have yet to be broken ...

It's time to party like it's 1981!

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

The link is ... צבא ההגנה לישראל - האתר הרשמי(www1.idf.il/dover/)


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