December 16, 2005

CK - Don't Get Giddy, Iran Looms

Congratulations are certainly in order today for the Iraqi people, and for the coalition that has helped them on the path to true self-government. But Charles Krauthammer's column today is sobering for anyone getting carried away with our Middle East successes. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's messianic self-image, coupled with Iran's nascent nuclear weapons capability, represent a looming crisis. And Krauthammer is not optimistic. Read it all.

To be sure, Holocaust denial and calls for Israel's destruction are commonplace in the Middle East. They can be seen every day on Hezbollah TV, in Syrian media, in Egyptian editorials appearing in semiofficial newspapers. But none of these aspiring mass murderers are on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons that could do in one afternoon what it took Hitler six years to do -- destroy an entire Jewish civilization and extinguish 6 million souls.

Everyone knows where Iran's nuclear weapons will be aimed. Everyone knows they will be put on Shahab rockets that have been modified so they can now reach Israel. And everyone knows that if the button is ever pushed, it will be the end of Israel.

But it gets worse. The president of a country about to go nuclear is a confirmed believer in the coming apocalypse....

... Negotiations to deny this certifiable lunatic genocidal weapons have been going nowhere. Everyone knows they will go nowhere. And no one will do anything about it.

Posted by dan at December 16, 2005 9:45 AM