Without a doubt, the story of the day was the unveiling of an Iranian plot to assassinate Ambassadors to the United States, ON U.S. soil, from Saudi Arabia and Israel. At minimum, this is a clear act of provocation by a regime that has made it clear their contempt for the United States and Israel. At worst, it’s an act of war.
Yet the big, theatrical, megalomaniacal laugh that should have been coming from the general direction of Tehran was drowned out by the snickers of millions when they heard Attorney General Eric Holder state, “The United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions.”
Really? Why start now?
The Obama administration is already talking about more sanctions – which, by the way hasn’t seemed to deter Iran from continuing to build a nuclear weapon, despite their claiming to need it for “energy” reasons. They’re floating on a sea of oil, folks.
There can really only be one reason why a yet still non-nuclear country (we think) like Iran would risk the wrath of the U.S., post-9/11 – the have no fear of real reprisal.
Such was, is and will always be the response of despots to the hand of appeasement. Such people’s disdain and hatred only increases in the face of pacification. To them, it is a sign of weakness, ineptitude and the embodiment of everything they despise about our culture and society.
For most in the civilized world, this type of thinking seems, well, foreign. We have been brought up to believe that we should look for commonalities and work toward bridging gaps – they want to blow up those bridges or, in this case, ambassadors.
They will only respect one thing – a firm powerful punch to the solo plexus followed by the willingness to deliver another blow. Iran’s leadership knows that this administration simply doesn’t have the stomach for that. In fact, the President goes out of his way to telegraph to the world that he has no intention of keeping those types of options on the table whatsoever.
A wise Jewish carpenter once said, “how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man?” It’s even easier if the strong man voluntarily ties himself up!
I am reminded of one of the most memorable line in movie history that came from the low-budget cult classic Terminator. It rings in my mind every time I hear some talk of placating our modern enemy and so I adapt it slightly for our modern reality:
“That [terrorist] is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!”
The days (and years) after 9/11 found us kicking ourselves for not taking Al-Qaeda seriously. Will history look upon this date with the same remorse?