In 1981, Israel launched Operation Opera and directly saved millions of Israeli and Middle Eastern lives, while also making conditions far safer for Americans and for the western world. The task was clear and simple. Israel bombed Iraq’s Osirak Nuclear Reactor and prevented Saddam Hussein from wreaking havoc in the Middle East.
The strategy was reasonable and spoke to a reasonable era. Today’s buffoonery is shameful and dangerous. The following is a possible solution and, at the very least, constitutes a sensible path.
In 2006, those who opposed then President Bush yelled that he should have gone to war against Iran instead of Iraq. It is true that these chorus cries had little to do with military strategy and everything to do with politically inspired baseless hatred, but the idea brought forth in liberal circles was that Saddam was harmless and that President Bush had averted his eye from the real danger, that being Iran.
(This was completely wrongheaded. The primary danger that Saddam posed, after Israel knocked out his nuclear plant – quite possibly with the help of one Jonathan Pollard and the intel he provided – was always about taking dangerous pot shots that could have knocked out thousands. He was a lunatic who had tried to assassinate a former US President, with complete disregard to the consequences for himself and for his country. He was already sponsoring suicide bombings in other parts of the world and American prowess did not serve to deter him. Iran, by contrast, would do nothing until it could do so. This was before it too became thirsty for immediate war.) See http://mythdebunker.blogspot.com/…/necessity-of-war-in-iraq… for my piece written at the time.
They were wrong about Iran then. Diplomacy was being tried. It failed. Therefore, what they said then is 100% correct now.
Today, on the one hand we have the usual wishful thinkers. Wish all you want, but when you’re entrusted with the task of securing the lives of millions of people, your wishful thinking becomes dangerous, callous, babyish and shameful.
If you are a member of any body whose decisions affect the lives of millions, such as a member of US Congress, the Knesset or any other such body, and instead of performing your potentially lifesaving task, you instead choose to engage in hippie-like absentminded neglect, then for the sake of the world please resign your seat. Play your role. Open up a psychic hotline instead.
Then we have the other side. The “mature and responsible side.” The side made up of,…. apparently made up of people who’ve been smoking that which is not quite legal in most jurisdictions.
And they propose a “resolution.” Now, of course a resolution is warranted. Of course a deal that gives Iran 24 days minimal notice prior to inspections and allows Iran to “inspect” itself is ridiculous and must be rejected. But the answer does not lie in passing a resolution and then washing one’s hands of a situation that does not go away by itself.
Unfortunately, saying “bad bad bad Ayatollah” won’t cut it, unless your strategy is for said Ayatollah to die of laughter . And it’s high time that people in decision making positions to realize their task, do their job and stop pretending that they’re characters on Sesame Street.
The Only Strategy
The only conceivable, responsible and adult strategy is the one that will totally avert war. Yes, the hippies should love it. The Iranian people would love it in the long run. And the western world has nothing to lose. It would save countless lives and avert further crises.
But it ain’t politikally korect. It gonna be looked at funnie…
Yet it is the only hope and the only reasonable solution.
That is to simply, without hurting or targeting civilians, bomb and take out Iran’s nuclear sites.
Simple, not painless, but nothing compared to all out war. It’s responsible, reasoned and would serve to protect lives on an unimaginable scale.
In any reasonable period throughout history, this would long ago have been done. During the Age of Buffoonery, neither side can bring it to their lips.
“אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי: כל שהוא רחמן על אכזרים לסוף נעשה אכזר על רחמנים”
(ילקוט שמעוני, טו:קכא).
It says in Yalkut Shimoni (15), “Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi says, anyone who is merciful upon cruel people will in the end be made cruel toward merciful people.” This has proven itself throughout history.
The good news is that it also says:
“שומר פתאים ה'”
“G-D protects fools” (Psalms 116).
This equation, however, is not supposed to factor into military or national defense planning.
It says that in the time directly before G-D Almighty perfects the world through the advent of the Messianic Era, after Hashem has given us ample time, throughout all generations, to partner in perfecting the world, and completes the job (as is promised), that the footsteps of this great and eternal era will be heralded by birth pangs that cannot be believed. Our Sages describe the prelude to this era at the end of the Talmudic Tractate of Sotah. According to all of these signs, we are well on the way and the Redemption, a central tenant in Judaism (and in most religions), without which the purpose of the world’s creation cannot make sense, is imminent. For the first time ever, all Torah leaders seem to agree on this point today.
It also says that during the final era of darkness we can rely on Our Father in Heaven and that every little bit of good, of connecting with G-D Almighty and of doing something to partner with G-D in making a better world brings salvation to the world in its entirety.