Obama is playing make-believe (ISRAEL HAYOM OP-ED) Boaz Bismuth 04/09/12)
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Let´s give credit where credit is due: Iran vowed to never give up
enriching uranium, it vowed never to shut down the underground
facility at Fordo, which was built secretly (because that is what you
do when you have nothing to hide) near Qom – and so far, it is
keeping all its promises.
At the end of the week, most likely in Istanbul, Iran will enter
another round of nuclear negotiations with the six world powers
following two failed rounds (in Geneva in 2009 and in Istanbul in
2011). U.S. President Barack Obama is willing to accept a civilian
nuclear program in Iran, but that is not enough for Tehran. That is
how it is when your supreme leader is convinced that you are in fact
the seventh world power.
No wonder Jerusalem is worried. On one side there is Iran: serious,
focused and determined. On the other side we have the American
president, who, while voicing the same demands as Jerusalem, is for
some reason playing make-believe, just like he did in 2009.
Obama truly believes that he can bend the will of the Iranians using
sanctions and negotiations, or with negotiations and sanctions. Here
is a reminder: In June 2009 the Iranian people showed great courage
and took to the streets to protest the fraudulent presidential
elections. The green ´where is my vote?´ protest movement rapidly
turned red with blood, but the American administration, which was too
busy preparing for talks with the ayatollahs in Geneva, may have
missed its opportunity to topple the Iranian regime (an opportunity
it did not miss in Egypt). The ayatollah reciprocated with
ungratefulness and overt contempt during two rounds of negotiations.
Even today, be it with leaks or declarations, the Americans have
succeeded in making Iran believe it is invincible and that attacking
its nuclear facilities would be no less dangerous to the world than
the bomb the Iranians are busy developing. It is no wonder then that
the head of Iran´s nuclear program, Fereydoon Abbasi, announced
Sunday that Tehran rejects both of the U.S.´s demands – giving up
uranium enrichment to 20 percent purity and the decommission of the
Fordo facility. By the way, one day after the media reported the
resumption of nuclear talks between Tehran and the West, and one day
after the meeting between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, Iran´s ambassador to Paris said the very same thing.
Obama fails to understand that Iran has already programmed its GPS en
route to its desired destination: a nuclear bomb.
Iran is even keeping the location of the upcoming meeting with its
fellow world powers vague. Turkey, which poses a threat to Damascus,
is no longer such a good friend of Iran´s, and Istanbul is no longer
the obvious location for talks. Turkey was suitable, then Beijing or
Baghdad seemed like a better choice, and suddenly Istanbul is an
option again. Tehran is not showing signs of stress – on the
contrary, Tehran is acting like a spoiled princess.
Meanwhile, far from our Passover and matzah, South Korea and Japan
are not only concerned about North Korea´s preparations for test-
launching a ballistic missile, but also about its plan to carry out a
third nuclear test.
Several months after being sworn into office, Obama unveiled his
vision of a nuclear weapon-free world in Prague. There was not a
single person who didn´t get excited by his magical promises. Obama´s
game of make-believe may have begun back then.
Obama, the man with the vision, needs to understand that since he has
taken office, North Korea has carried out another nuclear test and
Iran has not deviated one iota from its path to a nuclear weapon.
What more do these two class bullies need to do to convince principal
Obama that the time has come not to attack, God forbid, but at least
to stop playing pretend?
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