Iran's fanatical agenda
By Carol Devine-Molin
According to the UK Telegraph, former American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, strongly advocates for the bombing of Iranian camps where insurgents are being trained by Hezbollah extremist to launch attacks upon Iraq. Bolton reportedly stated, "Then the ball would be in Iran's court to draw the appropriate lesson to stop harming our troops." As usual, Bolton's offers up trenchant foreign policy and security advice. The truth of the matter is that both the US-led coalition and the Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have had enough of Iranian interference in Iraq. That being said, US airstrikes upon Iranian soil are becoming increasingly likely, even if action is limited to the decimation of training camps, weapons caches and safe houses.
The Iranians are hell-bent on provoking us! It's bad enough that Iran, the premier sponsor of worldwide terrorism, refuses to relinquish its nuclear ambitions. That in and of itself has profound implications for global security. But of immediate concern, Iran – via its network of terror surrogates – continues to be instrumental in the murder of Iraqi citizens and our troops.
Not withstanding the doubts raised by some in the Left-leaning media, there's been substantial proof over the years that Iran has been funneling road-side bombs, rockets and other explosives to its myriad cohorts in Iraq. Moreover, Iranian operatives such as the Quds Force are in and out of Iraq perpetrating heinous deeds, including the kidnapping, torturing and murdering of coalition soldiers. When the Iranians were recently confronted with evidence of their bellicosity by an Iraqi delegation, the Iranians engaged in their usual denials and obfuscation.
The US-led coalition and the Iraq government have been especially vexed by the violent Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias, notably the Mahdi Army headed by Moqtada al-Sadr of the Sadr City section in Baghdad. Hence, a crack-down on these militias by coalition forces is currently underway. In response, Iran has postponed any further security talks with the US until the crackdown ceases.
Moreover, Iran has rejected a "package of incentives" by the "Iran Six" nations [comprised of the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany] to halt its uranium enrichment program, which is coupled with extensive nuclear inspections. Iran maintains that accepting such an offer violates its right to develop nuclear technologies, and it further cites the double-standard afforded Israel. Iran refuses to acknowledge that its role as the "most active" supporter of terrorism is at the heart of international opposition to it "going nuclear".
Well, what are we to make of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs that run Iran? Why are they focused upon: a) destabilizing the Middle East via proxy terror groups, b) wreaking havoc upon America and Israel in particular, and c) developing a nuclear capacity that can be utilized to make nuclear weaponry? Of course, Iran intends to become the unequivocal hegemonic power in the Middle East. But there's more. The Iranian leadership is rife with adherents of an end-time death cult. Dubbed the "Twelvers", they're fanatics determined to bring about war and tumult as a means to "pave the way" for the "second coming" of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi, who is a messianic figure that will ostensibly usher in the worldwide Caliphate, an Islamic utopia.
When presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton was recently asked what she would do if the Iranians attacked Israel with nuclear weapons she replied, "We would be able to totally obliterate them". Does the term "obliterate" really create the "pressure" necessary to dissuade an Iranian attack upon Israel? Or does that feed into the bizarre mentality prevalent among the hard-line leaders of Iran that would welcome apocalypse and death as a means to paradise? Perhaps Hillary would have been wiser to tone down the rhetoric. The Iranians are not your ordinary thugs and murders.
Carol Devine-Molin is a regular contributor to several online magazines.