Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Learn from Putin, Xi, et al. how evil Iran could get

One of the worst things in an imperfect world is that people who live relatively well in democracies become so naïve. Or, the opposite: start seeing dangers where they don’t exist (QAnon). In both cases, they become useless in recognizing, combatting, and ending real evil.

Iran’s threat to nuke Israel from the map is most believed by local fellow non-democrats. Most people in democracies think that it’s just verbal bullying. But, Israeli PM Bennett is playing the best card of US Biden’s playbook. He is assembling a large international coalition to shoulder the responsibility together and seems not and is not a warmonger.

Well, it’s high time to be naïve no more.

See how Putin was not too shy to invade a neighboring country in peacetime, try to kill enough military to annex the place, and when that failed, shot up cities to kill enough civilians to make the rest flee. His goals: to embarrass Biden, NATO, and Europe, to embolden his reign, to annex part of Ukraine, and wipe Ukraine’s name and national pride off the map.

So, who can still think that China can’t be seriously thinking about annexing Taiwan, even if it had to kill all 24 million civilians there? Look how it annexes Hong Kong and kills all democracy there. And they commit genocide on the couple of million Uyghurs in concentration camps. And the world is silent and passive. “Never Again” became “Always Again.”

Remember how Pol Pot and Mao killed millions of their own people!

Forget about Hitler being a ‘crazy’ exception from the past.

Remember how the US and the West practically closed their borders to Jews fleeing Hitler and refused to bomb Auschwitz. Stop being so naïve.

There simply is not even a precedent of any total tyrant who volunteered to step away from mass murder and genocide.

Iran would not just threaten to use nuclear weapons to make the world swallow its dictates as Russia tries. I would bid it would also attack.

A nuclear attack on Israel would kill probably a billion people and make a large part of the Middle East inhabitable for thousands of years. Forget about your next pilgrimage to Jerusalem or Mecca.

There is no reason to believe that would weigh on the Iranian dictators.

Secondly, it is immoral to let Israel alone kill their nuclear weapons. Israel will, but why us? Just like almost the whole of the General Assembly of the UN condemned Russia, so I expect the allied forces together to bomb the Iranian leadership to the next world and restore democracy in Iran.

This should not be an excuse for fatalism. Rather, with the enemy of the free world and all of humanity so clearly visible, collective, decisive action is easy to plan, coordinate, and execute for a better world for (almost) all.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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