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Filed under: Iran — Rick Moran @ 1:56 pm

Can someone tell me why when the theocratic, in-all-but-name-only dictator of a budding nuclear power casually mentions in public that his nation could “win” a nuclear war against one of America’s staunchest allies that the media yawns, scratches its collective scrotum, and goes back to sleep?

Supreme Iranian ruler Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said last Friday that the Muslim world would win a nuclear exchange with Israel, aggravating fears Tehran’s quest for atomic weapons indeed has one purpose: the annihilation of what it calls the Zionist “cancer.”

“[The] application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel - but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world,” Hashemi-Rafsanjani was quoted as saying by the government-controlled Iran Press Service.

The spiritual leader, who wields ultimate power in Iran, made the comments during a prayer service in Tehran. It was the first time an Islamic leader of such prominence openly suggested a nuclear attack against the Jewish state, media analysts told the IPS.

(HT: solomonpanting at LGF)

I’m still looking for one western media outlet that has carried this startling statement. The Daily Star of Lebanon carried an entirely different story but one with a similar theme; if attacked, the radioactive mullahs will strike back - hard:

Iran on Friday warned its response to any attack by Israel would be “swift and destructive,” while European leaders warned the Iranian president’s remarks about the Holocaust could be grounds for sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“The policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is completely defensive, but if we are attacked, the answer of the armed forces will be swift, firm and destructive,” Mustafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

He was responding to a question about Iran’s reaction in case of an attack on its nuclear facilities, already under scrutiny as international unease grows over the Islamic republic’s nuclear intentions.

“The doomed fate of (Iraqi ex-president) Saddam (Hussein) must be a lesson for officials of the usurping Zionist regime,” Najjar added in a reference to the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in which around a million people were killed.

The only world leader who seems to get it is, not surprisingly, the President of the United States:

Speaking to Fox News a day earlier, US President George W. Bush said his administration also views Iran as a true existential threat to the Jewish state.

“I’m concerned about a theocracy that has got little transparency, a country whose president has declared the destruction of Israel as part of their foreign policy, and a country that will not listen to the demands of the free world to get rid of its ambitions to have a nuclear weapon,” Bush told his interviewer.

“I called it part of the ‘axis of evil’ for a reason,” the president added.

Indeed. Too bad the rest of the world ridiculed you for making that statement.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled “Iran: Running Toward the Gasoline Dump With a Lit Match” in which I asked the $64,000 question: Why would Khamenei name a fanatical, anti-semitic, holocaust denying, anti-American zealot like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President of a country about to get its hands on the most awesome power on earth?

The big question is why? Why would Supreme Leader Khamenei place the future of his country not to mention the world in the hands of someone like Ahmadinejad?

Ignore the mainstream press who have downplayed the more outrageous statements made by this terrorist by saying it is for “domestic political consumption.” Neville Chamberlain said exactly the same thing about Hitler.

The point is this; Ahmadinejad appears to have the experience, the temperament, the zeal, and ideological purity for one thing and one thing only – to confront Israel and the west and go to war if necessary in order to secure the regimes future. And that future and the future of the Islamic world as Iran sees it lies in their building a nuclear arsenal.

I am not an expert on Iran. I don’t pretend to be able to read the mind of Khamenei or Ahmanidejad or any other radical Iranian theocrat who has been delivering threats to Israel, the likes of which have not been heard on the international stage since Hitler was blustering against Poland back in 1939.

But you cannot convince me that we should not be taking the Iranians at their word when their President threatens to “wipe Israel off the map” followed a few short weeks later by their Head of State saying that Iran could win a nuclear war with the Jewish state. How can we afford not to believe the evidence of our own ears?

And why this dead silence from the western press? A nation - Iran - which influences and helps direct several powerful terrorist groups whose tentacles circle the globe, blithely and shamelessly threatens both our allies and the United States with nuclear Armageddon and the Washington Post, The New York Times, and the cable and broadcast networks are either unaware of it (shocking ignorance) or choose not to report it (unconscionable stupidity).

It’s getting very late in the effort to stop these madmen in Tehran from threatening the peace and security of the world. If the rest of the world, as usual, is waiting for the United States to solve their problems for them, it’s high time we take on the responsibility of doing what needs to be done and get on with it.


  1. Correctamundo oh great one.
    And I am encouraged by the fact that this President that the left loves to call stupid had the forsight to recognize the Iranian threat and has been taking steps to counter her militarily….hence IRAQ. IMHO the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan have always been about, among other things, the military isolation of Iran before it’s too late.

    Comment by Marv Loopstra — 12/18/2005 @ 4:20 pm

  2. Send Mother Cindy to Iran. She can stop any war. So say the MSM.

    Comment by stackja — 12/18/2005 @ 7:40 pm

  3. I suspect the problem is that western MSM really don’t have the conceptual ability to understand people who don’t believe in logic. The essence of radical Islam is the absolute belief that everything is the will of Allah, and cause and effect as understood in the west is at best an illusion. Clausewitz and Sun Tzu have no meaning when the battle is between the will of the divine and those who would deny the divine. When Rafsanjani asserts that Iran would win a nuclear exchange with Israel he speaks with a certainty of belief that there are forces more powerful than nuclear weapons behind the theocracy.

    Comment by random10 — 12/18/2005 @ 8:14 pm


    Rick Moran at Right Wing Nuthouse has a great article on Supreme Iranian ruler Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s claim Iran could win a nuclear war with Israel. Can someone tell me why when the theocratic, in-all-but-name-only dictator of a bud…

    Trackback by Religion of Peace? One-Stop Shopping For War on Terror News — 12/19/2005 @ 1:39 pm

  5. If I can spell Ahmanidejad, I will propose that he is making the wild, provocative statements because he feels his party will lose its grip in Iran if that nation continues creeping Westernization. He and his buddies don’t care if they start a nuclear war with Israel that throws Iran (what’s left of it) back into the 12th century.

    Obviously, the more catastrophic social destruction Ahmanidejad can do, the more his party will like it. Probably their biggest fear is that Israel will do nothing, putting it on them to figure out how to deliver one of their brand new nukes. It takes a lot of social organization and a certain degree of trust to get a nuclear program off the ground.

    I would rather suspect that Israel, the U.S., and a lot of other nations have pretty active little intelligence efforts going involving the sane Iranians who must be scared out of their minds by these idiots.

    Comment by Michael L. Cook — 12/20/2005 @ 11:03 pm

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