What´s Iran Up To? ´We Know,´ Says Netanyahu (AMERICAN THINKER) By Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison 04/26/12)
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It was just a short clip on CNN. Reporter Erin Burnett recited some
statistics that suggest Iran´s oil tankers are all tied up, that the
Islamic Republic´s oil revenues have been hard hit. Economic
sanctions have been tightened on the mullahs´ tyrannical regime by
the U.N., the European Union, and the U.S.
"It appears the sanctions are working," said Burnett. She challenged
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s assessment of Iran´s headlong
drive to build a nuclear weapon.
"How do you know what [the Iranians] are doing?" she asks, hoping
perhaps to see the prime minister flustered. Maybe he will stumble.
Or he may be reduced to wringing his hands -- as our own State
Department spokespeople seem to do every day on TV.
Netanyahu looks steadily at his interlocutor. He doesn´t waver. His
baritone voice conveys finality: "We know," he says. "We know, and
others know. And we share what we know with others."
The CNN reporter is just the latest in a long line of talking heads
from that network. CNN was the favorite channel of Israel´s mortal
enemy, the late terrorist Yasser Arafat. It was from watching CNN
that Arafat got the idea for airline hijacking for terror purposes.
The CNN reporter is trying to build the case for more time for
sanctions. The prime minister takes her to school, just as he did
President Obama at their famous Oval Office meeting last year.
The sanctions, he politely informs her, have yet to take a bite out
of Iran´s nuclear program. "The centrifuges are spinning," he tells
her levelly. The centrifuges, of course, are the critical component
of a nuclear reactor, that unmistakable step in building nuclear
Benjamin Netanyahu is not about to be distracted by arcane
discussions -- which the media and the U.S. State Department love --
of how many oil-laden Iranian tankers are riding at anchor in which
Iranian ports and by how much their oil revenues have been
decreased. Is it 56%? No, it´s 65%. Maybe even 67%!
These media/State Department fixations are a perfect replay of Prime
Minister Neville Chamberlain´s feckless leadership during the "Phony
War" with Hitler in 1939-40. Convinced he could bring down the Nazis
through economic warfare, Chamberlain latched onto every intelligence
report that suggested that Germany was on the verge of collapse, that
German civilians were going hungry, that surely they would rise up
and oust the Hitler regime.
So convinced was he of the efficacy of economic measures that he
ordered the Royal Air Force to drop not bombs, but propaganda
leaflets over Germany´s industrial regions. Leaflets. One RAF
bombardier was actually reprimanded for failure to cut the strings
binding a large bundle of Chamberlain´s notes before tossing them
out. He might have hurt someone.
After the war, at their trial at Nuremberg, Nazi Generals Keitel and
Jodl testified that Hitler´s regime could surely have been toppled
had the English and the French moved quickly to invade Germany after
they declared war on September 3, 1939. Attacking Poland, the
Germans had few divisions defending their western borders.
But Hitler knew how weak, how irresolute, his enemies were. He read
Chamberlain´s propaganda leaflets, too, and he took them for the
exercise in fatuousness they were.
The obvious enthusiasm for economic sanctions displayed by the
liberal commentariat and by the spokespersons in all the foreign
offices and prime ministerial chanceries throughout the West is
serving only to stiffen the mullahs´ conviction: they won´t do
anything to stop us. They are afraid of us. They´ll only drop
leaflets on us.
Every Mideast despot who has been overthrown, and even Osama bin
Laden in his cinderblock palace, have left behind stashes of luxury
goods, plenty of food, alcohol, drugs, and pornography. These evil
men are doing just fine. Sanctions may bite their captive peoples,
but they won´t even nibble at the dictators´ pleasure domes. If
their hungry, oppressed people rise up, those people are shot down.
This is what the mullahs did to protesters in the streets of Tehran
following the fraudulent elections of June 2009.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has put the world on notice: Israel will act
when Israel must. This is the month of Holocaust Remembrance. This
is the month when Israel reminds us that "Never Again" will she allow
the fate of the Jewish people to be decided by others.
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