Iran Extends Its Proxy War Against the U.S. from Iraq to Afghanistan
While the State Department engages in direct negotiations and joins the EU in pleading with the mullahs to stop enriching uranium, all of which the chuckling Iranian regime takes as a sign of weakness because it is, of course, a sign of weakness, Iran not only indicts Americans for death penalty offenses but now arms the Taliban against NATO, just as it has been arming Iraqi terrorists against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq (that is, when not engaging in direct strikes against U.S. forces) (see Bill Roggio, here).
Tiger Hawk has the run-down, here. As he says: "Make no mistake about it, Iran is waging war against the United States and its allies."
As I've mentioned before (see, e.g. here and here), throughout the 1990s, we pretended that we were not at war while a determined, implacable enemy was clearly at war with us. We saw the results. Iran was part of that enemy then, and it has never stopped. If killing Americans is not enough, just what exactly do they have to do before we do something meaningful in response?
For those who may have forgotten or never known, let me remind you that Iranian clerics have already issued a fatwa approving the use of nuclear weapons against the enemies of Islam.
Of course, we are told by the left that, "Iran is only seeking peace!" and that the U.S. is by far the greater threat (see the Cox and Forkum cartoon at the end of this post). "Hand's Off Iran", they chant at their peace marches.
If they really cared about peace, it might be more useful for them to march in Tehran. Somehow, I can't see them doing anything of the sort ,when they live in the same utopian fantasyland as the jihadists they tacitly enable.
Here are the words of one of Iran's "moderates" on the subject of nuclear weapons:
“If one day the world of Islam comes to possess the weapons currently in Israel’s possession [meaning nuclear weapons]—on that day this method of global arrogance would come to a dead end. This…is because the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.”
Think about that, then call to mind the recent British-Iran hostage crisis and the Brit's pathetic response to Iran's provocative, outrageous, and uncivilized behavior. Victor Davis Hanson commented in an aptly named piece written at that time, "A Taste of Things To Come":
What is disturbing about the Iranian piracy is that it establishes a warning of what we can come to expect when Iran is nuclear, and how organizations like the UN, the EU, and NATO will react. If a few Iranian terrorists in boats can paralyze an entire nation and the above agencies, think what a half-dozen Iranian nukes will do.
You might also recall last year's war in Lebanon and Israel's lackluster performance against Hezbollah (Iran's proxy in Lebanon). The political correctness demanded by the international community of the Israeli forces; the timid and PR-sensitive Israeli leaders (now finally being held to account for their lack of leadership), all combined to tie the hands of Israeli forces and ultimately led, not only to a failure to prevail decisively over the organized Hezbollah thugs; but also the sad fact that to this day, Israel still has not had their kidnapped and hostage soldiers returned either by Hezbollah or the Palestinians.
Think about that too; and then factor into your considerations the information that, although the Bush Adminsitration has proof the Iranians are behind the arming of militias in Iraq; and proof that they are transporting into Iraq new and improved IEDs to be used specifically to kill Americans, they appear to be unwilling (for the moment, at least?) to confront the situation directly.
Once you integrate all the above informtion together, you have all the facts you need to psychologically analyze the current status of the situation between Iran and the West.
If the leaders of the free world cannot respond appropriately and decisively to any direct act of war against the West on the part of Iran--no matter how egregious-- then the behavior of Iran's leaders is not likely to change.
On the contrary, the provocative behavior will very likely escalate and become even more malignant, inching closer and closer to their real objective. They can count on the self-absorbed pacifists of the left obscuring the moral landscape sufficiently to clear a path for Iran to initiate the next holocaust.
The mullahs have been watching the West's tepid responses to their escalating and arrogant behavior with great interest. They observe the useful idiots of the left in America and Europe allying themselves with the Islamofascist agenda. Both of these observations have led them certainly to conclude that they can get away with practically any behavior now.
The fatwa and all the repeated unambiguous and deliberate warnings made by both extremists like Ahmadinejad and so-called moderates like Rafsanjani, demonstrate that Iran has now placed all their religious ducks in a row in order to be able to use nuclear weapons against "the enemies of Islam" (guess who?) without the necessity of experiencing any shame.
In fact, in their bizarro religious and cultural world, the shameful weakness displayed by all the major nations of the West, has brought Iran great honor in that world (see how a shame culture works here).
When you observe the arrogant, smirking demeanor of the psychopath-in-chief Ahmadinejad, as he calculatedly baits the West with same postmodern rhetoric emanating from the "peace, brotherhood, and social justice" leftists and Democrats--even as he hosts holocaust denial conferences and has contests to see who can come up with the best anti-semitic cartoons--you can reasonably conclude that this sort of cynical manipulation of the useful idiots of the left is simply the preliminary act to set the secular stage for removing Israel and the Jews.
Is there anyone naive enough to think that these homicidal fanatics would hesitate for one second to use a nuclear weapon against Israel--even if it meant millions Iranians would be also destroyed in a counterattack? From their warped perspective, the involuntary martyrdom of a few million muslims in Iran is a small price to pay to finish the job that the much-admired Hitler began in the last century.
From their perspective, Hitler. whose "struggle" against the Jews was unfortunately cut off before achieving final solution, was limited by not having the efficient technology available today. Iran does not intend to make that mistake.
What a grand gesture for the muslims of the world to witness and emulate! Iran strapping on the nuclear suicide bomb around its entire population to gloriously rid Islam of the Jewish menace.
Note that the rhetoric has escalated and the defiance against the international community has moved from words to actual behavior that includes killing Americans and taking British soldiers hostage. Further escalation is unavoidable now that the Iranians are completely sure that any action on their part will only be met by appeasement and endless negotiation.
In other words, the West has accepted Iran's sociopathic and uncivilized behavior and will do nothing to stop them.
From a psychological perspective, the increasingly amused and smug Iranian response to efforts of appeasement and negotiation has always been completely predictable. Bullies will always push the envelope of bad behavior when they think they can get away with it; and if they think that you are weak.
And they are getting away with it, aren't they?
It is easy to understand Ahmadinejad's smug, arrogant attitude; as well as his supreme confidence in Islam's superiority. He is convinced that he is the instrument of Allah's will, and this is only reinforced when he witnesses the pathetic appeasement and fear emanating from the infidels he means to destroy.
It's no use saying that such behavior on his part doesn't make sense and is irrational and suicidal. Just think of Ahmadinejad and his puppet-masters as the ultimate, high-tech suicide bomber who has wrapped that nuclear bomb belt securely around his entire country.
Ron Rosenbaum bleakly concludes in the post linked earlier:
There is no deterrent to suicidal martyrdom, involuntary mass martrydom. No deterrent that depends on belief in the value of life by genocidal murderers on a “martyrdom mission”. Then asks, Is there a solution to this problem aside from pre-emptive strikes which will likely be catastrophic for both sides and probably only postpone a second Holocaust? Are there any deterrrents that will stop Ahmadinejad and his ilk from carrying out their genocidal designs?
The only way to deal with bullies is by overwhelming force and unyielding moral will--directed specifically at the bully himself. It is not necessary to wipe all of Iran--or Syria, or Lebanon for that matter-- off the map. Narrowly targeting the bully and his immediate gang for complete destruction would be a good first step. Then, repeat as often as necessary for the next group of bullies who take their place; until you finally get someone in control who is capable of reason, and who values his own life and the lives of others sufficiently to be able to work with toward peace.
In each area of conflict--Iraq, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and Gaza--there are key individuals (Sadr, Bin Laden & Zawahiri, Assad, the mullahs & Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah; and all the lesser potentates) who need to be "deterred" with extreme prejudice and sent to their promised reward with Allah. It is either target them as individuals; or, we must be prepared for the catastrophic deaths they will inflict both on us and their own people.
We are talking of preventing the death of millions of innocent lives that would be forfeit if these fanatical madmen are allowed to continue leading their followers on holy genocidal missions. Chances are that the egotistical maniacs of Islam have not truly considered their own mortality, or that they, themselves might die--as they regularly importune their mindless minions out to do that dirty jihadi work on their--and Allah's-- behalf.
What narcissist (particularly the malignant variety) truly believes in his own mortality? They see themselves as gods; special and protected. That they are mortal does not occur very often to them.
Let us remind them.