Monday, August 24, 2009

Israel and Iran

In an interview on CNN with Fareed Zakaria, Sunday, 08-16-09, Michael D. Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., made a statement that Israel “will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East.” Pressed on his use of the word “introduce,” he repeated it numerous times, ending finally with the words “introduce or deploy.”

Really? But isn’t Iran located in the “Middle East?”

Why, then, is Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, going around saying that Israel will strike Iran before the end of the year? He has been trying to drum up support for this position from Europe recently, likely because the Obama Administration has been slightly cool to Netanyahu’s hawkishness towards Iran, since the June 12 elections made it abundantly clear that Iran is not just a group of bearded, theocratic clergy with a frightening figure head, but a nation of young moderates who are not happy with their current regime.

Perhaps I have a fairy tale mind, but I strongly believe we must not interfere with Iran; we must act with reason and restraint and proceed just as Obama is proceeding. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will eventually be overthrown by the people of Iran and the resulting government will not be tainted by U. S. interference. Reigning in the aggressive and militant Israelis will be a far greater challenge.

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