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Iran: No More Options

21 December 2005

By Yisrael Ne'eman

Within a very short amount of time, possibly a month or so, but more likely in just a few weeks the Iranians will be at the point of no return in their nuclear development program. Over the years the West has insisted that negotiations were the only way out of the Iranian nuclear impasse. In particular the continental Europeans have done their best to shy away from any credible threats against the ayatollah driven militant Islamic regime in Tehran and they certainly refuse to allude to military action. As of late the Iranians have repeated their demands for the destruction of Israel and the removal of its population to Europe or even Alaska.

Having acquired Russian intermediate range missiles through stealth in the early 1990s (Israel Channel 2 TV) as the Soviet Union collapsed, their threat to exterminate the Jewish State is not only believable, but can be seen as an Iranian policy objective. Israel faces an immediate existential threat, but by no means is Europe or the West off the hook. (One should not forget that the Iranian arsenal includes 3000 kilometer range missiles capable of hitting most European cities.) There are those such as the editors of British daily The Guardian who over the past few years have debated openly whether the price for the realization of Jewish nationalism (re: the continued existence of the State of Israel) is far too high for the world to absorb.

What many do not realize is that dictatorships often measure world reaction to their levels of overall oppression by first attacking the Jews. In recent history Russian Tzarist regimes, the Eastern European fascist administrations of the 1920s – 30s, Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany (incl. Austria) and then once again the Russians, but this time in Soviet guise, massacred and/or oppressed their Jewish communities. In the 1940s – 60s the Arab world behaved in a similar manner leading to the wholesale flight of Jews from their midst. When democratic powers do not react and tyrannical regimes are self-empowered, non-Jews also suffer and the democracies themselves become victims down the line. Britain, France, Norway, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg are the best examples from WWII.

The Iranians have built anti-Semitism into their international relations with policy statements and concrete steps taken (nuclear missile development) for the extermination of the Jewish State. Israel will not stand by idly while Iran implements Jewish politicide and the international community continues its blabble or looks the other way. The “Waiting Period” before the 1967 Six Day War was enough for everyone to remember just how much the entire world – led by the West – was willing not to do.

In 1981 Israel ran out of choices when the Iraqi nuclear reactor built by Saddam Hussein was about to go into operation. With universal condemnation around the corner and great doubts from his advisors, PM Menachem Begin ordered the destruction of the Osirak facility. Condemnations came, but not the threatened military reaction from the Arab world. During the first Gulf War in 1991 everyone breathed a sigh of relief that Iraq was not a nuclear power.

Israel is out of options as is the West. The Iranians have no intention of halting their nuclear development. Israel’s capabilities in taking out the Iranian threat are somewhat in doubt since there are 40 facilities reportedly scattered around that country. Taking military action, the US and Europe together can eliminate the Iranian nuclear threat.

It is a matter of determination vs. appeasement. The world has been there before, just that this time, as unimaginable as it might seem, the price will certainly be even more horrific with the nuclear buttons at the fingertips of the ayatollahs. The West must react quickly and decisively. This time they cannot afford to lose the first round.