Sunday, January 29, 2006
Sometimes the bad guys do what they say!
In the late 1930s, Hitler said that he would build a big army and promote his ideas around Europe. Most stuck their head in the sand and waited for the storm to pass. In '39, Hitler went into Poland and everyone understood that Hitler did what he said. In '45, a defeated Hitler committed suicide as Allied troops marched into Berlin. 50 million were killed in WW2, including 6 million Jews in concentration camps!
What if Europeans had taken Hitler seriously?
History teaches us a bitter lesson. Bullies make threats and sometimes they actually put their words into action. The second lesson is that bullies see patience and diplomatic inclinations as weakness rather than signs of maturity.
Now, we have Iran. Their leadership calls for the destruction of Israel. Their president denies the holocaust.
Do we take this guy seriously or not? Israel does. We should, too.
The question is this: Do we want a nuclear Iran run by a party that wants to destroy Israel?
What do we do about it? I agree that we should give diplomacy a chance. I believe that we should make it clear to the Europeans that we are expecting them to put boots on the ground.
This is a big test for the UN. If the UN Security Council cannot act decisively, then the UN is finished.
If our allies cannot act, then they should not blame the US when we act against Iran.
Posted by Silvio Canto, Jr. Post Link ---> 2:18 PM