I listened to Mohaoud Ahmadinejad’s diatribe at the UN with the sense that this academic is a psychopathic nut case — a dangerous (if clever) one at that. He is suppressing his critics in Iran and the latest disclosure of a buried nuclear site is grounds for a legitimate supposition that he may be plotting some sort of Holocaust for Israel sometime in the future — those rockets as well a nuclear bomb capacity. I don’t believe in assassinations, but there is an exception to most general moral and legal rules in instances of extreme danger. A nuclear explosion in the middle East would kill and sicken millions of people there and wherever the winds carried the nuclear fallout.

Summarily, this is a man to get rid of rather than driving Israel to attempt to destroy Iran’s nuclear capacity which it may not have the weapons to achieve anyway. I would urge the decent nations of the world to issue an ultimatum to Ahmadinejad and his government that unless Iran opens its borders to complete inspection by the end of this year, a devastating attack on their nuclear facilities from the rest of us will ensue. I dread such an event because it would also cause the slaughter of innumerable innocent Iranians. What I am intimating here is that the Iranians themselves should one way or another get rid of this nut who is so endangering them as well as others. How sad in that he is in a position to make a strong impact on the Israelis — inducing serious peace efforts with the Palestinians. Netenyahu and Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman are vicious men — Lieberman has called for expelling Israel’s non Jews, is Netanyahu’s principal support in devious sabotage of any serious peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Obama has to walk softly and carry a big stick, but the rest of us following this latest mess should speak out loudly and clearly as I am doing here. Ahmadinejad is not a figure to be dismissed lightly. He is an extremely clever and canny guy. He has been busy establishing links and ties around the world which would make economic sanctions hard to enforce. He makes his appeal to poverty rather than wealth — even if his economic efforts have not been going well in Iran. His main opposition there seems to lie with its students. His admirers range from Chavez in Venezuela  to Karzai in Afghanistan. I strongly recommend this biographical study from Wiki to get a full sense of this complicated individual. My concern about his misuse of nuclear capacities remains. He could become the world’s most devastating suicide bomber if pressed by resistance at home or from abroad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies

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