We must not ignore threat from Iran
Columnist Mark Steyn has a new book out, “The End of the World As We Know It,” which extrapolates from current events some very provocative, thoughtful, and for me, scarifying andominousideasaboutthenearfuture.Inexcerpts I have read, he foretells that the Arab-Islamicpopulationgrowthandmigrationtowestern countries will sooner rather than later swamp the indigenous populations and make over their governments and cultures in the Islamic image. This may be somewhat exaggerated, but the West needs this wake-up call.
Thisoutcomecouldtakeplaceintheclimate ofthepassivityandindifferencethatpermeates most western societies today.
The inevitable outcome will be that Iran will become nuclear-armed and could threaten the entire Middle East but particularly Israel. Will our own naysayers and pacifists still be there to protect Israel, or will we give in to the clamor to appease Iran, Syria, and the Palestinians in order to expedite “peace (in our time)” in Iraq? Theappeasersmaygobyavarietyofnames,but appeasement by any name smells just as bad. Just the unfunding of the Iraq war by the Democratswouldbetheturningpoint,justasitwas in Vietnam. Will they ever learn?
Onethingstandsoutinthisgloom-and-doom, but no less credible, scenario is that the Israelis willquicklyassessthesituation(especiallyifthe U.S.dropsout)andperemptorilystrikeIranwith almosteverythingtheyhavebeforeIrancandeploynukes. Distancesbeingwhattheyareinthe region, there would be no time for an “early warning” of incoming missiles.
The liberals are fond of regarding themselves as “realistic” in foreign relations, especiallyaswearesafeacrosstheoceansfromour enemies,andtheythinkthattheterroristthreat on our soil can be lightly regarded. It is the Israelis who practically invented the term “realist”astheyhavedailyfacedtherealityofpossible sudden, catastrophic strikes on their nationfordecades.Withthem,it'salwaysbeen a matter of life-or-death. But they are smart enoughtorecognizethe“real”threatoftheannounced intentions of Iran toward Israel. It is the rest of the world that refuses to take the threat seriously. At this time, the U.S. does, but that sense of urgency will fade within a few months of the new administration. We’ll have become a has-been paper tiger that others may dismiss with impunity.