That is what Iran says about Israel. Wipe it out. Wipe the country off the face of the planet. Nothing but complete obliteration will do.
And this isn’t just some flunky saying this. According to this Daily Caller article, this is a top official in the military:
[...] “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,” Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said in a speech to a defense gathering Sunday in Tehran.
His remarks came on the day International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano flew to Tehran to negotiate for inspections of Iran’s nuclear program. They were reported by the Fars News Agency, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards Corps.
While many within the Islamic regime, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have often stated that Israel should be annihilated, until Sunday no one in the nation’s leadership has announced Iran’s determined intention to carry it out. (RELATED: Iran rattles sabers: ’11,000 missiles ready to launch’ at Israel, US targets)
Josh Block, a Middle East expert and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, told The Daily Caller that it’s unwise to shrug off the threats of a top Iranian military commander.
“When they say it, they mean it,” Block said. “That is the lesson of history. We had best heed that reality. You can be sure the Israelis already understand it.” [...]
Holy crappydoo. I don’t think it can be any clearer than that, can it? One the one hand, you have Egypt ceasing the flow of natural gas to Israel, and on the other, they are being threatened with being obliterated by Iran.
I don’t think it can be much clearer than this. Israel is in trouble, and all of this has happened under President Obama’s watch. And it has been able to happen because of organizations like this, according to Block:
[...] Block also told TheDC that “the radicals and pseudo-experts at places like Plowshares, Media Matters, NIAC [the National Iranian American Council], writers for ThinkProgress, the New America Foundation and on and on” are “useful idiots and regime apologists” for Iran who continue to believe irrationally that Iran does not have the capacity to build a nuclear weapon. (RELATED: TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein: More proof Israel cannot tolerate a nuclear Iran)
They “are the same cranks,” he said, “who claim Iran has been ‘misquoted’ or ‘mistranslated’ and never called for the ‘annihilation’ of Israel. Well, I am sure they will find some way to continue their charade, but only to their further discredit.”[...] (Click here to read the rest.)
No doubt about that, I think. No wonder the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris, called out all of those same folks, including politicians, for poo-poohing any real threat to Israel from countries like Iran and Egypt. Because this threat is very, very real.
That begs the question: just what are these politicians, including President Obama and Sec. of State Clinton going to do about it? It’s not like this is out of the clear blue sky, either. Iran has been making threats for a while now. Back in February, the Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, was talking about what Israel may be forced to do should this threat continue.
And the United States? We want to keep imposing sanctions. Clearly, that is showing Iran whose boss. Oh, yeah. Tough stuff, that. Really getting to them, it would seem.
I never thought I would see Israel being targeted in such a way, and have the US President say little more than ask for patience. How does that help Israel, our one true ally in the Middle East? Patience? When Iran is threatening to annihilate them? Good strategy there, huh?
At what point will Obama’s sycophants acknowledge that the policies effected by this Administration have not helped to stabilize the Middle East, quite the opposite. And they have put Israel in peril. “Patience” is not going to protect Israel. Perhaps it is time for President Obama to consider the advice of the generals on the ground, especially General Mattis:
[...] Mattis was commanding his area of responsibility in an “outstanding manner and with great skill,” said George Little, a spokesman for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Little added: “The secretary trusts his judgment implicitly on some of the most pressing security and military challenges of our time, including the war in Afghanistan. General Mattis is seasoned, studied, and the consummate warrior. He is also among the best of advisers, candid and honest, and always in keeping with—and in full support of—our national interests. He’s one of America’s finest military leaders.”
A senior U.S. defense official acknowledged that Mattis has differences with the White House on Iran. “He’s doing exactly what we need any combatant commander to do: telling us what he thinks he needs, giving us his perspective on the problems he faces,” this official said. “That’s what you want. That’s what you expect. And he does it all privately, with all the more credibility. There isn’t a single other leader in government who doesn’t share some concern over the direction Iran is headed.” (Click here to read the rest.)
Seems to me it is high time Obama got concerned over Iran’s direction, too. Clearly, the current direction is not working.
But that’s just me. How about you?