Iran’s leaders are not careful old atheists who are deterred or avoid confrontation. They feel God is on their side. They think God wants them to move things along quickly to His paradise on Earth. They sent thousands of children to certain death, to clear minefields with their bare hands, with only “keys to paradise” dangling from their necks. Blood clearly does not deter Iran’s leaders, not even the blood of children.
Obama feels Iran can be swayed by non-military means before it gets a bomb. Recently, Obama has urged “tough” sanctions on Iran, but it took him three years to move away from engaging Iran to trying to strangle it.
However, this is not a real option. Russia and the China will not allow real sanctions, vetoing it at the UN. Obama’s earlier model of talking nicely to the Iranians was really just a huge waste of time, but for Iran, it was time used building a bomb
For a decade, Iran has played the world for fools, processing yellow cake uranium to uranium hexafluoride gas and then to weapons grade uranium. Iran claimed it was working for “civilian purposes.” There is method to Iran’s madness, but it is not playing by the Western playbook or US-Soviet doctrines of deterrence.
Some suggest President Obama wants to reserve for himself the option to face Iran himself in a way that can achieve a dramatic victory a few days before the November elections. More likely, Obama just does not like to use force and also has trouble admitting his various game plans of “engaging Iran” and now “sanctions” have failed.
Still, President Obama needs to recall that this is no game for the Israelis and Iran’s Arab neighbors who realize that Iran is not just playing games.
Israel and many Arab countries—Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia—are not going to wait forever for President Obama to get his game plan together.
Dr. Michael Widlanski is an expert on Arab politics and communications. He is the author of of the new book, Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat.
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