Iran has been at war with us all along, because that’s what the world’s leading terror state does. The scariest thing about this moment is that the Iranians have convinced themselves that they are winning, and we are powerless to reverse the tide. As I reported here several months ago, Khamenei told his top people late last year that the Americans and Israelis are both politically paralyzed. Neither can take decisive action against Iran, neither can sustain prolonged conflict and significant casualties. Meanwhile, the Supreme Leader said, the terrorists are all working for Iran, and we will expand the terror war.
Don’t think for a moment that they worry about victims in Gaza or Lebanon. They are delighted to see Israel fighting on two fronts, because they will use the pictures from the battlefield to consolidate their hold over the fascist forces in the region. After a few days of fighting, I would not be surprised to see some new kind of terrorist attack against Israel, or against an American facility in the region. An escalation to chemical weapons, for example, or even the fulfillment of the longstanding Iranian promise to launch something nuclear at Israel. They meant it when they said it, don’t you know?
The only way we are going to win this war is to bring down those regimes in Tehran and Damascus, and they are not going to fall as a result of fighting between their terrorist proxies in Gaza and Lebanon on the one hand, and Israel on the other. Only the United States can accomplish it.
The time is rapidly approaching when we see if George Bush's fine rhetoric about bringing terrorists to justice, and freedom to all people has been halted at the borders of Iraq. We have flushed the real enemies of civilization out in the last 5 years since 9/11; and perhaps, we managed to flush them out before they were entirely ready--forced their hand so to speak--by our actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is just possible that we have a slight, but definite advantage over the mullahs and the patient game of chess they have been playing.
Because now, it should be crystal clear to anyone who has been paying attention, who the puppet-masters of terror have been all along.
They have been planning for this scenario ever since Jimmy Carter failed to stand up to them when they brashly held Americans hostage without consequences some years back. Ahmadinejad, one of the ringleaders of that action, apparently was satisfied that he understood the cut of America's jib from that experience; and that in the decades since his first terrorist action, the physical impotence of Carter has spread into the body politic of America, resulting in the complete moral paralysis exhibited by a majority of Democrats and the MSM today.
In other words, Iran is confident that even George Bush will not dare stand against their plans for Middle Eastern Armageddon.
I think that Ahmadinejad is wrong about this. The part of America that has lost the courage to stand for what is right; and who have been in psychological denial since 9/11, are not in power today--and I fervently hope they won't be for years to come. Nevertheless, that already-defeated portion of American has been working hard to poison and disable the rest with their toxic manipulations and constant whispers of doom and gloom worthy of Grima Wormtongue himself.
As far as Iran's nuclear intents regarding Israel, Ledeen has this to say: "They meant it when they said it, don't you know?"
The question is, did President Bush mean what he said? Are we physically and morally capable of standing up to evil and doing what needs to be done?
Ledeen's piece ends with:
You cannot escape the mullahs. You must either defeat them or submit to their terrible vision. There is no other way.
We have a terrible choice before us. Terrible, because no matter what option we take American blood will be spilled. But if we meekly submit to the terrible vision of the depraved religious fanatics of Islam; if we do what Jimmy Carter did in the 70's; and what most Democrats and those on the left desire we should do now; then the cost--in lives and in liberty-- will be incalculable for generations of Americans to come.
UPDATE: Pajamas has ongoing updates on the situation in the Middle East.