One of the most frightening possibilities that world has faced in the last 25 years is that of Iran obtaining Nuclear Weapons. Iran is already the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and one can only imagine what could happen if Iran’s Mullah’s allowed al-Qaeda, Hamas, Boko Harum or Islamic Jihad to get their hands on a nuclear device or radioactive material.
Iran has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map and they have shown equal hostility their Arabic Muslim cousins in countries like Saudi Arabia. The belligerence and religious fanaticism that is the mainstay of Iranian political dialogue should make any freedom loving nation cringe at the idea of Iran going nuclear.
Yet, the Iranians are still defiant about their nuclear program and they have repeatedly prevented the IAEA from inspecting the various secret installations hidden in remote bases through out Iran. Despite crippling international sanctions and non-stop pressure from the Group Of Six Western Powers, Iran has continued to hurtle down the path towards obtaining a bomb.
Israel is alarmed to say the least. Jews remember all too well what happened the last time a lunatic said he would exterminate the Jewish people. Six million Jews along with over 35 million other human beings died at the hands of Adolph Hitler and his friends. Israel’s policy is clear. If a nation makes threats to wipe Israel off the map and exterminate the Jews, Israel will do everything in its power to prevent that from happening. Netanyahu has made it clear that every option, including attacking Iran, is on the table and he has stated over and over that Israel simply will not allow Iran to build a nuclear bomb.
That brings us to the unsettling question of the policies of Obama, who many feel is the most anti-Israel President in American history. The jury may still be out on whether or not this is the case, but he is certainly sending very confusing signals about American intentions towards Iran.
Obama is up for re-election and he is using every political trick in the book to try to sell himself as worthy of a second term. He is going out of his way to separate his supporters into racial and ethnic groups in order to tailor his message to appeal to their specific issues. He launched African Americans for Obama in February, 2012 and he has made several appearances and speeches at Mexican American gatherings, where he told Latinos, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies.” Sadly, Obama was referring to Republicans as the enemy.
Obama is also courting rich Liberal, Jewish donors for financial support. In the last few weeks, he put in highly visible appearances in front of powerful Jewish Groups like AIPAC and he hosted several big ticket, private fund raisers for important Jewish donors.
When speaking to Jewish groups, Obama makes every effort to sound tough on Iran. He told AIPAC that “He has Israel’s back” and then went on to say, “No Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust, threatens to wipe Israel off the map, and sponsors terrorist groups committed to Israel’s destruction.” He topped off this tough talk by saying that he affirms “Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions.”
While this all makes for great campaign rhetoric, Obama then went on to propose yet another round of talks with Iran. Not only has the date for the talks not been set but first, negotiations will have to take place to decide on the location of the talks. Iran took Obama and the Western Powers for a ride 14 months ago. After stalling for months, Iran showed up at the last round of talks with no serious intention of negotiating and then walked out. Going down the same path again will just give Iran another 6 months to a year to forge ahead with their nuclear program. Meanwhile, Obama makes pretty speeches full of false bravado with lines like “Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States” and “I don’t Bluff.” Then 48 hours later, he explains to a press conference that his comments were just a “historical reference” to supporting traditional American allies.
Even more alarming than the clever rhetoric is what Obama officials having been saying behind the scenes. One well placed Obama administration official told the Washington Post ““We’re trying to make the decision to attack as hard as possible for Israel.” Then Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, when asked by a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee if sanctions would have any effect on stopping Iran’s Nuclear Program, replied, “No. None whatsoever.”
After all these confusing messages from the Obama Administration, Israeli leaders must be about ready to rip their hair out in frustration, As noted reporter and author, Charles Krauthammer, said this week in his column, “The world’s greatest exporter of terror (according to the State Department), the systematic killer of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, the self-declared enemy that invented “Death to America Day” is approaching nuclear capability – and the focus of US policy is to prevent a democratic ally threatened with annihilation from pre-empting the threat?”
American voters and the citizens of Israel deserve better from Mr. Obama and his Administration. It would be unconscionable if Obama is really playing politics with the Iranian nuclear issue. While the threat is vague and far away for America, Israel is within easy reach of Iran. A country that is the size of New Jersey simply could not survive a nuclear attack.
When it comes to Iran, Obama needs to advocate a serious, effective policy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb. This policy must have a realistic time limit and serious consequences should Iran remain defiant. The 5 million Israeli Jews, the 1.5 million Israeli Arabs and the countries that border Israel, all deserve a sincere effort by Obama to derail Iran’s nuclear ambitions once and for all. The entire planet will be a much safer place if Iran does not join the Nuclear club. Obama needs to stop the campaign rhetoric and get serious about Iran before the Middle East goes up in a nuclear fireball.