Thursday, February 08, 2007

Editorial: Iranian Fuhrer's Threat to Attack US Confirms Need to End Nuclear-Mad Mullahocracy

Iran's clerical fascist fuhrer lashed out against the United States with ominous fury Thursday, warning Washington that if it were to attack Iran, the country would respond by striking US interests all over the world.

Speaking to a gathering of Iranian air force commanders, so-called Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "The enemy knows well that any invasion would be followed by a comprehensive reaction to the invaders and their interests all over the world."

As Leader, Khamenei can overrule any decision made by Iran's president (presently the Holocaust-denying and -ridiculing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad), the Majlis (also known as the Islamic Consultative Assembly), or the judiciary.

Khamenei's comments were accompanied by an Iranian naval commander's statement that the Revolutionary Guards had test fired missiles that could sink "big warships" in the Persian Gulf, where a second American aircraft carrier is now heading.

This is not the first time Iran's Leader has threatened the US. Last April, he vowed his country would "harm American interests" all over the world if an attack was launched against its nuclear installations, according to Iranian state television.

"The Americans should know that if they attack Iran, their interests will be harmed around the world," Khamenei reportedly said, adding: "The Iranian nation will respond to any attack twice as strongly."

Khamenei has buckets of blood on his hands. Sources say he personally approved the June 1996 truck bombing of the Khobar Towers military residence in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US servicemen. US officials blame Iran for backing the group that carried out the attack.

Israeli intelligence says Khamenei also approved the decision to attack Argentina's Jewish community center at a meeting in August 1993 that he chaired. Participants included Iran's president at that time, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani--whom many Americans and Europeans still consider a moderate. The 1994 Buenos Aires bombing killed 100 people and wounded 250.

Back to the present. Khameni's comments confirm the urgent need to attack Iran sooner rather than later--i.e. to use any and all available military means to destroy the mullahocracy's nuclear, missile, and biological and chemical warfare facilities and overall ability to effectively wage war. Mere bombing is not enough; the assault must be truly crushing, to use a favorite Iranian word. Iran must be utterly defeated, its suspect bases and installations reduced to rubble, the Revolutionary Guard wiped out.

Surgical strikes will not suffice, though no US soldier need ever set foot on Iranian soil. The Western way of war is the only logical and appropriate answer to the Iranian strategic threat. Collateral damage? War is hell. Iranians have had nearly three decades to topple the Islamist regime; and we can't afford to wait any longer for them to act as the downside risk is unacceptably high. Forced to choose between mass death in Iran and mass death in America and Israel, most Americans and Israelis, we believe, will choose mass death in Iran. (More than five years after 9/11, our so-called leaders still don't get it: we want to win the war against Radical Islam, not prolong it. Nation building and democracy in the backward nations can follow their surrender and defeat.)

Diplomacy is dead, inapplicable to Iran. It cannot be accommodated and appeased. Its intentions are imperialist to the core: the regime aims to permanently change the power relations among nations. Like Nazi Germany, Iran believes it is destined for world dominance. It sees itself as the authentic representative and voice of radical Islam, or Islamism, capable of both bridging and exploiting the ancient Sunni-Shiite divide to achieve its paramount, historic objectives, which transcend narrow national interests and concerns.

Two nations stand in Iran's way: the United States, which Iran regards as the Great Satan, and Israel, the "Little Satan." Nuclear arming Iran seeks nothing less than the destruction of Israel and the defeat, if not physical destruction, of the US. An Iranian nuclear-tipped rocket attack against an American coastal city--a so-called Scud-in-a-bucket launch from atop a civilian cargo ship--is a real possibility. Also possible: detonation of radioactive dirty bombs in Israeli and American cities--or in Baghdad, home to Iranian-backed Shiite militias, death squads, and suicide bombers.

Enough! The time has come to end the madness before it ends us. The mass-murdering mullahs, who have ruled Iran since 1979, need to know that the US and Israel are ready, willing, and able to do what it takes, including using tactical nuclear weapons, to eradicate the Shiite threat--and the Islamist threat, in general--for once and all.