HOT advert for Samsung tablet 390.
(photo credit: YouTube screenshot)
The Iranians make it so easy to justify an attack.
Their tyrant Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad and the Iranian ayatollahs are constantly making verbal threats and
declarations of how they are going to destroy the “Zionist entity.” Yet the
Iranians are helpless in the face of Israel’s military might.
Iranians had any strategic thinking in their leadership, they might have tried
to play their hand differently. But history has shown us they are not that
For example, instead of vowing to destroy Israel, they could have
suspended their nuclear program and launched a major international campaign to
turn the tables on Israel by asking why Israel can have nuclear weapons but no
one else can. But hatred and vitriolic rhetoric always undermine the reasoned
In Iran, reason doesn’t go very far but emotional threats
provide the emotional bonfire that Iran seeks from its people and diminishing
allies that include North Korea, Venezuela, Hezbollah, Hamas and the besieged
dictatorship of Syria’s Bashar Assad. The Iranians might want to have more
support for their stare-down with the West before making empty threats they
can’t deliver on.
Instead, the Iranian dictators act like the demagogues
they are. Predictable and without as much as an intelligent
They demonstrate that with every decision they make.
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example, this week Iranian officials declared their intent to boycott Samsung
Products. Seems that they are upset with a video that appeared on a local
Israeli cable TV program. It’s amazing how western culture and things like
YouTube that Iranians so often denounce so easily push the Iranians to the brink
of idiocy. In contrast, the Israelis are always thinking 10 steps ahead and with
much cleverness and creativity.
The commercial is meaningless but it is a
perfect example of exactly what is wrong with Iranian thinking.
had nothing to do with the commercial. It was the Israelis who made the mocking
video, in which Mossad agents dressed as women, ostensibly stationed in an
Iranian city, accidentally destroy the Iranian nuclear laboratory using a
Samsung “tablet” device.
It was comical, a joke. But the Iranians, who
miss substantive strategic moves, were easily baited into denouncing the South
Korean computer manufacturer. If the Iranians had any sense of humor, they might
have produced their own YouTube videos offering compelling satire on how Israel
has the bomb and the United States and the West don’t care.
But if the
Iranians had a sense of humor, they wouldn’t be painted into a nuclear corner
with little else to do except scream their bombastic threats while dancing
around their bonfires of political insanity.
Of course, the Iranians have
become players in a new Middle East dynamic where the Sunni Arab Gulf States who
have always viewed Iran as a threat have managed to box in many of the Iranian
grand allies like Syria. No one except the Iranian axis of power will complain
when Israel’s assault teams destroy the nuclear facility, as US President Barack
Obama and his administration have now openly conceded. In fact, not only is the
US certain the Israelis will take action, they have even offered a
I doubt very much that Israel has confided that schedule to
Obama, someone they really seem not to trust because of his overtures to the
“Muslim world” in the past. An attack on Iran would provoke Hezbollah into
another missile exchange with Israel, repeating the hellish war that took place
in July 2006.
Israel fired missiles at Hezbollah targets but Hezbollah,
which is more tenacious than any Arab military force, fired as many missiles
back. Although the Hezbollah response to Israel was unprecedented in scope and
power, in the end, it was Lebanon that was taken down the road to near disaster.
That must have the Lebanese on edge as Israel and Iran ramp up their war of
All of this not only plays into Israel’s hands but also into the
hands of the Arab Gulf states who fear that one day soon the “Arab Spring” will
steamroll through their own streets at a far greater intensity than we have
seen. An Iranian-Israeli war will take pressure off of the Arab Gulf states and
allow them to intensify their own crackdowns and efforts to prevent their
oppressed citizens from standing up as they have done in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya
and now Syria.
One option the Israelis might consider while dropping
their bombs on Iran is to send their military driving through Syria to Damascus,
not to capture more Arab land but to help free the Syrian
Anything is possible in this Middle East wreckage.
in the long run, all of this only emboldens the extremists in the Islamic world
to greater anger and ferocity.
Peace becomes a further distant reality in
these scenarios and it’s hard to imagine that even destroying Iran’s nuclear
capabilities will do anything to make the region a safe place to be.The
writer is an award winning columnist and radio talk show host. He can be reached
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