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how­down” is splashed in large red let­ters across the April cover of the con­ser­va­tive monthly News­max. Fol­lowed, in smaller let­ters, by “Iran’s Plan for a Sec­ond Holo­caust Must Be Stopped.” And, in paren­the­ses, in still smaller type, be­tween the twin grim-looks of Iran’s Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad and Is­rael’s Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, the cover story brack­ets the au­thor “[by John Bolton].”

It is a re­mark­able doc­u­ment and a “must” read.

A su­per­hawk, the for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions is a se­nior fel­low at the Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute and has been lead­ing the cru­sade to bomb Iran’s key nu­clear in­stal­la­tions. He is con­vinced that Iran, once in pos­ses­sion of its first nu­clear weapon, will promptly fire on Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, and, if suc­cess­ful, Is­rael will cease to ex­ist as a mod­ern, vi­brant Jewish na­tion.

For Mr. Bolton, Iran’s su­per­an­nu­ated mul­lahs are mem­bers of the board of di­rec­tors of a cen­tral bank that funds and arms ter­ror­ists world­wide — Hezbol­lah in Le­banon, Ha­mas in Gaza, Shi’ite ter­ror­ists in Iraq, and the Sunni Tal­iban and other rad­i­cal groups in Afghanistan. Mr. Bolton also quotes James R. Clap­per, the di­rec­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence, say­ing Iran even has a “shot­gun mar­riage” with al Qaeda.

A num­ber of in­tel­li­gence and mil­i­tary heavy­weights — rang­ing from the re­cent chiefs of Is­rael’s three prin­ci­pal in­tel­li­gence agen­cies (Mos­sad, Shin Bet and Is­rael De­fense Force) to three for­mer U.S. Cent­com com­man­ders (Gen. John Abizaid, Gen. An­thony C. Zinni and Adm. Wil­liam J. Fal­lon) — have weighed in against bomb­ing Iran’s nu­clear in­stal­la­tions.

They also point out that if Iran were pre­par­ing to fire any­thing at Is­rael, the Jewish state would not hes­i­tate to in­cin­er­ate Iran first — or in re­turn.

They also know that Iran has for­mi­da­ble

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