Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Everybody Gets Them But The People At The Top

The 21st century Nazi Germany continues to pile up evidence of its unequivocal hostile intent....

***The Quds Force, part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, has stepped up its arms shipments to Taliban forces in Afghanistan:
Iran is supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan with the same bomb-making equipment it provides to insurgents in Iraq, according to British military intelligence officers.

US Army General Dan McNeill, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, said that the discovery of more than fifty roadside bombs and timers in lorries crossing the border from Iran last month proves that Iran's Quds Revolutionary Guards are actively supporting the Taliban. ...

"I cannot see how it is possible for at least the Iranian military, probably the Quds force, to not have known of this convoy," said General McNeill.

He claimed the vehicles contained materials to make explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), a type of roadside bomb. Britain and America have accused Iran of supplying such bombs to Iraqi insurgents. ...

A spokesman for the British embassy in Kabul said yesterday: "This confirms our view that elements within Iran are supporting the Taliban. We have previously raised the issue of arms to the Taliban with the Iranians and will continue to do so." Last month, Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Sanders, the commander of British forces in Basra, said troops there were engaged in a "proxy war" with Iran, which was supplying Shia militias.
Why don't we give the Brits a hand and "raise the issue of arms to the Taliban with the Iranians" by carpet-bombing the supply route for these arms shipments, back to and including its source? Apparently, repeated diplomatic inquiries aren't enough to get the mullahs' attention.

***The mullahs staged their latest annual Al-Quds Day "celebration," replete with the usual mobilized, pre-programmed mobs, the "death to America!" chants, the burning of U.S. and Israeli flags, and a, er, fireside chat from Adolph the Younger:
Millions of Iranians attended nationwide rallies Friday in support of the Palestinians, while the country's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel's continued existence was an "insult to human dignity."

"The creation, continued existence and unlimited (Western) support for this regime is an insult to human dignity," Ahmadinejad said. "The occupation of Palestine is not limited to one land. The Zionist issue is now a global issue." ...

The Iranian president once again said Palestinians should not pay any price because Europeans committed crimes against Jews in World War II. He said they could give a part of their own land in Europe or Alaska so that the Jews can establish their country.

"I ask European governments supporting Zionists and the American people that will you allow occupation of part of your land under a pretext and then talk about a two-state solution?," Ahmadinejad said after the rallies.
There's a line from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Klingon Ambassador Kamarag has just gotten his ass kicked again by Vulcan Ambassador (and Spock's dad) Sarek in a debate about the Genesis controversy before the Federation Council. Needing a parting flourish to save face, Kamarag declares, "Know this: there will be no peace....as long as Kirk lives!"

Those are, in form, Ahmadinejad's sentiments: they mullahgarchy will not call off its war against the West until the West stands back and allows Israel's dismemberment. Why else do you suppose they want nuclear weapons, if not to back up such apocalyptic belligerence?

Never mind the silly "Second Exodus to the Great White North" prattle. The Jews have already established their country - right where it belongs. And though doubts about their willingness to continue to fight for that real estate continue to mount, they have not yet reached the point of complete prostration, as the intrepid IAF strike on the Syrian nuclear weapons base last month illustrated afresh. And never forget that they have their own nukes, if need be.

Whether the mullahs really are willing to absorb a devastating nuclear exchange in order to wipe out Israel, or are more intent upon pulling off a nuclear attack on an American city to force us to withdraw from the Middle East after dismantling the Jewish state for them, the combination of this frank and open insanity and the imminence of the capability to make it a horrifying reality argue for finally giving the mullahs the war they're provoking, and a whole lot more, before they can execute their planned endgame.

You'll never guess who agrees with that assessment:
The American people have clearly spent a great deal of time thinking about Iran and President Ahmadinejad.

Overall, 72% followed news stories about his visit [two weeks ago] to the U.S. closely. Only 1% said he was an ally of the United States and a majority (51%) called his nation an enemy....

Given these findings, it should not be surprising that voters divided evenly earlier in the year (40%-40%) over whether the U.S. should use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

In keeping with these findings, over half said that a war with Iran was very or somewhat likely within the next year.

This strongly suggests that the electorate fully wants and expects the Presidential candidates to maintain a hawkish posture toward Iran during the campaign. Indeed, Rasmussen polling in 2006 revealed that the American people see Iran as the greatest national security threat facing the country.
It reminds me of one of George Carlin's bits on cliches (paraphrased):
How about "It's the quiet ones you gotta watch"? But you know what? If you walk into a bar and you see a quiet guy over in the corner and another guy that's shouting, "I'M GONNA KILL THE NEXT MOTHER[bleep]ER WHO COMES IN HERE!!!!!" who're you gonna watch?
The American people see Adolph Ahmadinejad shouting "death to America!," see his minions killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and see his regime going balls to the wall for nuclear warheads and ICBMs, and a majority have concluded that Iran is already at war with us and it'll only get worse until we put a stop to them - while we still can.

Their leaders, on the other hand....:
So far, the West doesn't appear to be listening. The UN Security Council agreed [a week ago] Friday to postpone any application of new sanctions until at least November to allow more diplomacy with Teheran. The EU insisted that another round of talks should be tried to see whether existing sanctions had forced any change in the Iranian position.
And don't forget that the Bush Administration adamantly opposed the IAF's aforementioned strike against the North Korean-made, Iranian-deployed nuclear facility in Bashir Assad's functionally undefended back yard, so much so that the Israelis went ahead without our support.
That's a dynamic that is highly likely to be repeated in the not-too-distant future if we don't shake off our Chamberlainian lethargy and recover the clear-eyed sobriety of 2001-2003. Otherwise we'll pay a lot higher price than just 3,000 dead for the privilege of learning the same lesson twice.