Obama looks at Iran as a POLITICAL problem. If the Israelis bomb Iran, it might hurt his chances to be reelected. If Iran gets nukes it might hurt his chances to get elected. If there’s a war in the Middle-East, it might hurt his chances to get reelected. There’s no urgency, no seriousness, no indication that Barack Obama is worried about the possibility.
Benjamin Netanyahu takes a different view.
Continuing his calls for the United States to join Israel in imposing “red lines” threatening military action if Iran continues to pursue weapons made from enriched uranium, Netanyahu told David Gregory that “Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism.”
“It’s the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today,” he added. “Do you want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?”
He then lamented that some in the American press have vocalized opposition to Israel’s desired end to an Iranian nuclear program: “I mean I heard some people suggest, David — I actually read this in the American press — they said, ‘Well, you know, if you take action, that’s a lot worse than having Iran with nuclear weapons. Some have even said that Iran with nuclear weapons would stabilize the Middle East, stabilize the Middle East.”
“I think the people who say this have set a new standard for human stupidity,” he said of those opponents.
Do you know why Netanyahu thinks that way, beyond the obvious fact he’s right; Iran is run by fanatics who work with terrorists and whose acqusition of nuclear weapons would start a nuclear arms race in the region that would destabilize the Middle-East and perhaps even the entire planet?
It’s because this isn’t just politics for Israel, it’s a matter of survival. Iran has rather casually talked about wiping Israel off the face of the earth. If they had nuclear weapons, they would have the desire to commit genocide, the means to commit genocide, and they’ll have openly threatened to commit genocide.
The Jewish people have suffered through a situation like that before. It didn’t turn out too well for them and they’re not anxious to try round 2.
They’re right, too, by the way. Israel is the canary in the coal mine. What happens to the “Little Satan” will eventually happen to the “Big Satan,” too. That’s how it worked with terrorism and it’s how it would work with nuclear weapons, too.