Thursday, February 25, 2010

The lion doesn't sleep tonight ~ By Barry Farber

Barry Farber points out that it may not be a good idea for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran to have nuclear weapons. They aren't exactly "France."
Hollywood gave the world a pretty good definition of American morality for a long time through the "Western." Remember? The good guy never shot first. The bad guy always shot first. Then the good guy drew and shot and won.

Sorry, Hollywood. In a nuclear world, the good guy can no longer wait for the "high-ground" luxury of shooting last. An earlier America would have ended this Iran threat with Tehran's first excessive centrifuge. Hundreds of millions of us, disgusted with this American administration, are waiting for Israel to tell Obama, "Yes, we can!"

By Barry Farber

Posted: February 24, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

Picture the classic "missionary" scene: in a far corner of the jungle, the Western missionary proudly teaching the basics of civilization to a crowd of smiling, heretofore "un-reached" natives. Add one element: a full-grown lion in the back of the hut on a secure leash.

One day the lion breaks loose. The missionaries hold a quick crisis meeting to decide whether to call an all-out alert – in World War II they called it "condition red" – women and children hustled to safety and all men fully armed, or – and it's a rather interesting "or" – whether they could relax, because the lion had overheard enough lessons in basic civilization to render him docile and not dangerous!

Absurd? Absolutely. And it's precisely where we are today regarding Iran.

Pearl Harbor was abrupt. Sept. 11 was abrupt. This one was so slow-motion it was downright boring. We were assured Iran had abandoned its quest for the nuclear bomb in 2003. Those of us with conservative leanings were cheering Hillary Clinton in 2008 in her argument with Sen. Barack Obama over whether or not America should hold talks with Iran without pre-conditions. Hillary said no. We agreed, not that we would have voted for her anyhow had she become the Democratic candidate. Obama adamantly won the applause of those with empty heads and overflowing hearts by proclaiming his willingness to talk to anybody, anywhere, any time, with no pre-conditions. "Unclench your fist," Obama railed out to the dictators of the world, "and we will shake your hand!" If naiveté were a disease, Obama could be diagnosed as terminal without removing his shirt.

And now the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency tells us, "Oops! Iran is, indeed, at work on nuclear warheads and, in fact, never stopped." It's enjoyable to be in position to say, "I told you so!" But how much time do we have to enjoy saying it between the U.N.'s ugly "surprise" and the mushroom cloud?

Those dwindling few who still say Obama's diplomacy might work and the world can live with a nuclear Iran have never even used their best argument. In 1960 another country was about to get the nuclear bomb. It worried us terribly. The country was France! France was considered too "irresponsible" to have the bomb. The "France" reminder might have given the candle of Obama's clique another 15 seconds of flame. No more. We were wrong about France. We're right about Iran. Anybody who's not scared silly is ignorant or on drugs. Or maybe they just don't know about the "Twelfth Imam"!


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