I started Right Truth and began blogging about terrorism, politics and current events in 2005, just four years after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. It seems that the same problems we had then still exist, especially concerning the Middle East. Today hundreds of innocent people, including young children, are being tortured and killed in Syria in an effort to squelch any uprising that might lead to freedom in that country.
The UN speaks out and nothing happens. In 2005 the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on Syria to cooperate with the U.N. investigation into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and an appeal was made for Syria to end all support "for all forms of terrorist action and all assistance to terrorist groups." That went well. So well that our embassy, which was only recently re-opened by US President Barack Hussein Obama, has once again been closed.
Egypt threatens to put 12 American citizens on trial. The Muslim Brotherhoon is in control. The future does not look good there either.
Things haven't improved much with Iran since 2005 either. That was when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that "Israel should be wiped off the map". Iran's nuclear program was moving forward while Iran was paying Islamic Jihad members $10,000 to launch rockets into Tel Aviv. The money moved from Tehran to Damascus Syria, to the terrorists. Iran had also improved missile technology to the point they could deliver a missile into Israel. All they needed was the nuclear warhead. Move forward to 2012.
Sadly Iran is closer that ever to completing their nuclear aspirations and the US president still thinks he can negotiate with them and they will suddenly reverse course. Here is a page of reasons why negotiations won't work, why Iran is determined to not only strike Israel, but to destroy all Jews around the globe -- or as many as they can take out by whatever means. There are plenty of arguments against an Israeli attack on Iran. And all of them are bad.
There was a time when Israel did not deal with existential threats by urging the Americans to do something. That time was fairly recent. When Saddam decided he wanted to have his own nuclear reactor, fourteen Israeli Air Force jets put an end to his dream. The year was 1981. [snip]
Four years ago Israel launched a quieter attack was launched on a nuclear reactor in Syria, this time with the likely approval and assistance of the United States. Now after all the whitewashing of Iran's nuclear program, it is coming down to the bottom line. Either a comprehensive attack will be launched or Iran's nuclear program will pass the point of no return. [snip]
Obama is not a fan of bombing Muslim countries, unless it is on behalf of other Muslim countries. His whole foreign affairs strategy was based around winning the Muslim world over and even an Israeli raid conducted with zero approval and even opposition would still be blamed on the United States. Additionally with an election coming up, a bombing raid could escalate into something bigger and affect oil prices. Given a choice between winning an election or a nuclear bomb in Tel Aviv, no one seriously doubts which he will choose. (read it all)
There is much written today about Iran's nuclear plans, what Israel should or should not do, what America should or should not do. I read it all and consider the motivations of the author. However, an article yesterday holds much weight for me. The article is written by Reza Kahlili (not his real name), author of the book A Time To Betray, former Iranian Revolutionary Guard who worked with the CIA. Eventually the CIA brought Kahlili, his wife and family to the US where he continues to live and work.
In 2010 then U.S. General Stanly McChrystal said there is clear evidence of Iranian activity (in Iraq against US forces) — in some cases providing weaponry and training to the Taliban, and training Taliban inside Iran. This certainly wasn't "news" to Reza Kahlili who informed the United States of this over 22 years ago.
Here is what Reza Kahlili reports yesterday:
The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.
The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.
Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”
The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine.
Because Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is justified in launching a pre-emptive, cataclysmic attack against the Jewish state, the doctrine argues.
On Friday, in a major speech at prayers, Khamenei announced that Iran will support any nation or group that attacks the “cancerous tumor” of Israel. Though his statement was seen by some in the West as fluff, there is substance behind it.
Iran’s Defense Ministry announced this weekend that it test-fired an advanced two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile and boasted about successfully putting a new satellite into orbit, reminding the West that its engineers have mastered the technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles even as the Islamic state pushes its nuclear weapons program.
The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi, stated in August that the Safir missile, which is capable of transporting a satellite into space, can easily be launched parallel to the earth’s orbit, which will transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile. Western analysts didn’t believe this would happen until 2015. Historically, orbiting a satellite is the criterion for crediting a nation with ICBM capability.
Forghani details the Islamic duty of jihad as laid out in the Quran for the sake of Allah and states that “primary jihad,” according to some Shiite jurists, can only occur when the Hidden Imam, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, returns. Shiites believe Mahdi’’s return will usher in Armageddon.
There is also concern over Pakistan, which has proven over the past few years they are NOT a friend of the United States by any stretch of the imagination.
A European diplomat based in Pakistan said that if Israel attacks, Islamabad will have no choice but to support any Iranian retaliation.
Oil, terror, personal interests, all make for strange bedfellows. The old saying "the enemy of my emeny is my friend" only stretches so far in the Middle East.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Since September 11, 2001 (and before) and certainly since 2005 when I started this blog, things have stayed the same in many respects, and yet they have changed, not necessarily for the better. No question Iran and her lackeys, Syria, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and others, are more set on destroying Israel and Jews (and the West) than every before.
If someone does not stop them, that is exactly what they will try to do.