Victor Davis Hanson: A warning to Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he'd "better sober up and do some cool reckoning"
"Has Ahmadinejad Miscalculated? The Iranian president better sober up and do some cool reckoning."
It deals with the 90% insane posturing and threatening of Iran's mad leader Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and his jihadist passion to obtain nuclear power with which to blackmail the West and annihilate Israel.
In my opinion, it's bad enough that N. Korea's mad leader has been using nuclear blackmail against the West---particularly the United States. It's sheer lunacy for the civilized Western world to allow a terrorist nation with extreme Islamic-jihadist fanatics at the helm to not only engage in nuclear blackmail, but also engage in nuclear terrorism.
Excerpts from Hanson's prescient column are below, the rest here. It's fairly lengthy, but more than well worth the read.
'....in a post-September 11 world, no American president wants to leave a nuclear Iran for his successor to deal with — especially when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the one in control of the nukes and promising a jihad if confronted, is probably a former American hostage taker and terrorist.
The president still believes, as do many others, that the removal of Saddam was necessary, and that Iraq will still emerge as a consensual society. If he leaves office after birthing democracies in lieu of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, and establishing that the region is free of nuclear weapons, despite the worst Iranian bullying, his presidency, for all the current hysteria, will be seen by history as a remarkable success....
Israel is not free from its passions either — for there will be no second Holocaust. It is time for the Iranian leaders to snap out of their pseudo-trances and hocus-pocus, and accept that some Western countries are not merely far more powerful than Iran, but in certain situations and under particular circumstances, can be just as driven by memory, history, and, yes, a certain craziness as well....
So far the Iranian president has posed as someone 90-percent crazy and 10-percent sane, hoping we would fear his overt madness and delicately appeal to his small reservoirs of reason. But he should understand that if his Western enemies appear 90-percent children of the Enlightenment, they are still effused with vestigial traces of the emotional and unpredictable. And military history shows that the irrational 10 percent of the Western mind is a lot scarier than anything Islamic fanaticism has to offer...."