Week of Aug. 13, 2008

AN ATTACK ON IRAN IS NEEDED

I wholeheartedly concur with those who predict that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities by the end of this year, and truth be told, I overwhelmingly endorse such an attack.

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The fate and survival of the Jewish State is at stake here, and depends upon such draconian action.

Iran, led by its maniacal President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and its ruling mullahs is bent on annihilating Israel and its citizens. As I mentioned in a letter sometime ago, Ahmadinejad wasn’t just engaging in saber-rattling rhetoric, but was deadly serious when, about a year ago, he threatened “to wipe Israel off the face of the map.”

Sanctions imposed against Iran by the U.N. and the European Union have failed to deter this “axis-of-evil” nation from its inexorable quest to enrich uranium for the sole purpose of developing nuclear weapons, nor have negotiations and diplomacy with the U.S. and Israel’s surrogates, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, had any effect on Iran’s bellicose determination and ambition to inflict a second Holocaust upon the Jewish people.

It has been reported recently that Iran is on the threshhold of producing nuclear weapons, possibly within the next six months to a year.

The question then, that begs to be answered is, does Israel wish to risk waiting that long, hoping for the possibility of a last ditch negotiated settlement — trust me, it won’t happen — or would a pre-emptive strike before such weapons become functional and operational be the wiser choice?

The answer obviously, is a no-brainer. Israel, with swiftness, deftness, and precision, needs to negate Iran’s ability to wage war by destroying its nuclear capability with an operation comparable to the one in 1981, in which the Israeli airforce destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactors.

The motto, “Never again,” cannot, and must not, ever be allowed to become just a memory.

Suffice to say, when the attack does become a reality, the U.N., no doubt, as always, will publicly and harshly condemn and castigate Israel, but privately, I suspect that the overwhelming majority of the world’s nations will all breathe a collective sigh of relief, knowing that the tiny Jewish nation, once again, displayed the courage and the guts to thwart the war-making efforts of such an evil force.

Gene Carton

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