Bret Stephens explains precisely why the West cannot let Iran get the bomb *UPDATED*

nuclear-explosionThe Left liked to call George Bush a “cowboy,” implying that there was no telling what he’d do.  Even the Left, of course, must have understood that this was a rhetorical trope and that there was no possibility that Bush would ever push the red button and start a nuclear war.  He may have been feisty, but he wasn’t crazy.

What I’ve been saying forever, though, is that Iran is in fact crazy.  Unlike Christians, who merely prepare for the coming apocalypse, the Shiites in Iran believe that it is their obligation to bring about the apocalypse.  When Iranian leaders talks about wiping Iran’s enemies from the face of the earth, they aren’t just playing tough for the camera.  Their core religious belief urges them towards doing what they can to rush towards Armageddon.

That’s just my opinion, of course.  But it’s also the opinion of a Middle East expert like Bret Stephen, as he explains in this easy-to-understand video examining Iran’s belief system, her hierarchy of enemies, and the reach she has once she creates a deliverable nuclear weapon:

Stephens wraps up the video by saying (emphasis mine):

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a man often described as a “moderate” and a “pragmatist” in the Western press, articulated the Iranian position this way:

If one day the Islamic world is also equipped with weapons, like those that Israel possesses now, then the Imperial a strategy will reach a standstill because the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroyed everything. However, one bomb will only harm the Islamic world.

He’s right. That’s why the civilized and sensible leaders of the world cannot allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons — because once the Iranians do, they will pose a severe threat to the security of America and Europe, spark a regional arms race that could see the world’s worst players acquire the world’s worst weapons, and threaten the Jews with extermination for the second time in a century. Or, to put it more simply, Iran cannot be allowed to get the bomb because they might actually use it.

Think about that line that “the civilized and sensible leaders of the world cannot allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.” Now think about the fact that President Obama, rather than pressuring Iran to stop its nuclear program, has lifted sanctions on Iran based on nothing more than its leaders’ promises that their country’s frenetic nuclear work is just for power plants.

These are lies so barefaced that a kindergartner could see through them. Obama too must know that they are lies, leading to only a few possible conclusions: First, per Stephens, Obama is neither civilized nor sensible. Second, Obama is insane. Third, Obama approves of Iran’s nuclear goals.

UPDATE:  Given Obama’s fecklessness, not to mention is unseemly yearning for a “deal” that allows Iran to get the bomb, Israel is getting very concerned.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Book, you left out check-off box number four: “All of the above”. 

  • Ymarsakar

    Democrats wouldn’t know a cowboy if their death squads deployed against a ranch in Nevada.

  • Ron19

    Maybe that’s why The Obama family does so much long distance traveling.  They don’t want it to seem unusual that they are away from ground zero when the first Iranian bomb gets used.

  • Mike Devx

    I think that a single nuclear missile fired at Israel would invite massive retaliation by Israel against the country that fired it.  I’m willing to bet Israel would level 6-10 Iranian cities with nuclear retaliation.   MAD is still the name of the game.
    I dou’t think anyone can really say for sure whether Iran, seeing itself as the great Persian empire re-ascendant, is actually willing to disappear that way into the dustbin of history.  Certainly Israel cannot take that risk.
    I’m more frightened of a nuclear bomb smuggled via ship into a port near Haifi or Tel Aviv, exploding, and no one taking credit.  I’m sure Israel is sufficiently frightened of that as well.  But the damned madmen only have to succeed once; Defense security has to succeed 100% of the time.  It’s scary.

  • Charles Martel

    Israel has probably already let it be known through back channels that its “Samson Option” is one that it will play out on every one of its neighbors if somebody smuggles a nuke into Haifa or Tel Aviv. Yes, that would set it up for a third party, like China or Russia, to kill two birds with one stone by taking out both the Jews and the heartland of Islam by baiting an Israeli reaction. But nobody says Moscow and Beijing would be protected from Israel’s nuclear spasm. The mere threat of the Israelis going apeshit might be enough to keep the savage minds in Tehran and the more pragmatic minds in Riyadh, as well as the Russians and Chinese, from going too far.