From The Gathering Storm Blog

The simmering conflict with Iran that started with the overthrow of the Shah and the establishment of an Islamic Republic by Ayatollah Khomeini has been heating up over the last year or so with the undisputed knowledge that Iran is pursing nuclear weapons and their growing military interference in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It might be a good idea to look back at this most virulent supporter of Islamic world domination to gain some perspective on whom we are going to war with – sooner or later, then look at the consequences. The Ottawa Citizen published an editorial recently that detailed the past activities of this world enemy and the case for attacking Iran. Hat Tip to Michael.

Today, Iran’s radical Islamist military, security and intelligence machine reflects the extremism of its history and entrenched masters. It has made Iran an engine of global instability and menace.

Start with reports of early post-revolutionary Iran. Massacres of Baha’is and other minorities. Razor-blade removal of lipsticked lips. Thumbtacks affixing veils to reluctant women. Adolescent gays hanged from construction cranes. Human waves of nine-year-olds attacking Iraqi forces.

The performance abroad has been as shocking.

For years, Iranian dissidents around the world have been hunted down and butchered by joint teams from Iran’s foreign intelligence service and the country’s other virulent creation, Hezbollah. By the late 1990s, German prosecutors stated that the highest Iranian officials authorized assassinations abroad through a “Committee for Special Affairs.” The Germans went on to prove that the Islamic Republic murdered people in its notorious “Mykonos” operation in Berlin. South American investigators fix the mullahs with responsibility for a mass-casualty bombing in Argentina. And, of course, writer Salman Rushdie lives under the multimillion-dollar bounty offered by a quasi-governmental Iranian foundation.

Under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime, Iran’s religious supremacists call for the destruction of Jews, Christians, Israel, the United States, the West. Unfortunately, such virulence is nothing compared to the frightening nuclear implications of this regime’s delusional and apocalyptic fixations. In this spirit, Mr. Ahmadinejad writes letters to the Twelfth Imam, who is said to have inhabited a well for the past few centuries. The president believes he can bring back the long-lost imam — the Mahdi — by precipitating the apocalypse, something his doctrine tells him will trigger a Second Coming, and paradise.

All of this means that an Iranian bomb would be under control of nuclear triggermen who regards atomic annihilation as an incentive, rather than a deterrent. In short order, Canada and the rest of the world would face the mullahs’ diktat.

Being alarmed by such a dangerous madman is an understatement. The question is this. Will we have the moral backbone to prevent a nuclear catastrophe through either Shahab missiles or warheads smuggled into our country by sympathetic terrorists? Have we really learned the lessons of Hitler in 1938 when he tested the metal of Britain and France when he re-occupied the Rhineland or will we resort to endless talk, diplomacy and appeasement?

History shows that appeasing tyranny has never, ever, succeeded – especially when tyranny’s plans are made obvious by tyranny itself. But when we do respond to the threat – sooner or later – the price will be steep and long lasting and would most probably result in a constitutional crisis in the this country.

After the attack, Iran’s Hezbollah agents, its foreign-intelligence sleepers — known in Farsi as “submarines” — and suicide-corps infiltrators will likely go into action throughout the West. President Ahmadinejad has told us as much. The suicide corps alone is so aggressive that a commander of Iran’s regular armed forces has complained about its uncontrollable nature — if not about its ultimate aims and purpose.

We should expect terrorist bombings in our commercial centers and transportation facilities killing thousands of American citizens.

And how will we react to that?

Even without a nuclear attack on US soil, the reaction to resident Muslims by the general public would be far from amiable. The response would closely match the scenario outlined in the 1998 movie The Siege. In response to a wave of suicide bombings in New York City the President responds by declaring martial law and sending in the Army. The army detains people that fit the description of the cells – namely, males of Arab descent. You can imagine the constitutional crises that will ensue as young Muslim males and their families at sent to detention camps.

But that’s mild to the response that will be demanded by citizens if one or more nukes are lit off on American soil. The public will demand retribution on someone (Mecca, Medina, Tehran) – anyone – and rational debate on the who and the what will go out the window because as of today, the American public has not been informed as to the true threat we face and who is responsible for advancing that threat.

There is a lack of courage and moral backbone in our leaders who will not admit which nations advance and support the ideology of Islamism. They and the main stream media can’t even commit to the thought that we are fighting an actual ideology. And no, it’s not entirely Iran. The prime financier and supporter of Islamism is Saudi Arabia and it’s time that our leaders address this issue, identify the enemy, and put them on notice that they and they alone are responsible for the advancements of Islamic tyranny and that they will pay the price.

The response, of course, from Saudi Arabia and other supporters of Islamism is to threaten us with oil. That is why our political leaders must demand that this country be placed immediately on a ‘war footing’ and approach the energy challenge like we did in World War Two. We have to get serious about energy independence from foreign oil. Before we do all the warm and fuzzy things that the eco-left says we must do, we must open up the oil fields in this country to exploration. We must go on a crash schedule for building nuclear power plants. We must build dozens of gas refineries. We must use the coal reserves in this country which far outnumber the oil reserves in the Middle-East. Once those are done we can switch light bulbs, ride a bike, and plant a tree.

Either we get off the Middle-East oil tit or our country will be held hostage by Islamic tyranny. Plain and simple. This is no longer an economic debate but a question of national survival. Let’s make it so.

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