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Friday, April 14, 2006

Iranian nut case

Do you get the feeling that Iran's president secretly has a death wish? Apparently he wants to speed up that trip to meet his 70 virgins, because he keeps making threats like this.

At what point will the West admit that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a complete lunatic, and must be dealt with forcefully? When Jerusalem is a smoking black hole?

5 Comments:

  • At 4/14/2006 1:40 PM, Blogger I am Coyote said…

    Huge concerns here.

    A large portion of the Iraqi parliament are former members of Iranian intelligence units.

    Iran is now sending money to HAMAS since the US has blackballed them.

    Once Iran has nukes do you think that suddenly the west will come into line with the US and suddenly grow a spine to move against them?

    More likely they would find themselves siding with them against us.

     
  • At 4/14/2006 2:11 PM, Blogger Sailor Republica said…

    Jerusalem won't become a smoldering crater. Trust me on that.

    Just leave everything to Israel.

     
  • At 4/14/2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying this as if it's some easy decision. But if the west doesn't suddenly grow a spine, does that make it any less necessary to take action? I suspect Sailor is right that Israel will defend itself, but I'm concerned that we're willing to coddle a lunatic because we're so concerned about world reaction. Will Iran -- perhaps through Hamas, perhaps through contacts in Iraq -- step up their promotion of terrorism? Probably. But the fact remains that Ahmadinejad has established himself as a madman of the worst kind -- a madman with nearing nuclear capabilities -- and the cost of stopping him when he has those capabilities are infinitely higher than they are currently. At what point do we take him seriously?

     
  • At 4/14/2006 3:12 PM, Blogger MAX Redline said…

    Yes, I read the statement a couple of hours ago, and share some of the concerns.

    Iran is schizoid, for sure - most of the general population are pro-American, while the leadership is rabidly anti. The problem here is that if we take action against the leadership, the general population will pull together behind the leadership, because they'll consider that we've insulted them and their country.

    Take no action, lose. Take action, lose.

     
  • At 4/14/2006 5:09 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Gen. Thomas McInerney, retired assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force, addressed that question on Hugh Hewitt's show earlier this week. Hewitt asked how Iranians would react to outside involvement in regime change, and McInerney answered:

    I think there'll be a combination. First of all, there are lots of dissidents, and lots of Iranians out here. 51% of the population, Hugh, in Iran are Persian. 24% are Azerbaijanian. 10% are Kurds. That's 85%. And then you have Arabs that are, say, 2-3%, and some Christians, and they even have a small number of Jews there. That fact is, is that...and 70% of the population is under the age of 30, and their unemployment rate is 16-20% at least. It could be 25. They have a problem. They're not creating jobs. They're throwing all these dollars into this nuclear program, and they're not creating jobs and helping the people. So I believe that on balance, there will be a significant number.

     

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