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August 22, 2012 4:28 pm

The Iranian Nightmare is Getting Closer

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avatar by Ron Agam

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The Iran nuclear issue is a subject that brings attention to some of the most acute anguish that a Jew can feel today. Almost 70 years to the date of the Holocaust, we have the leadership of a civilized country vowing for the destruction of a people and a nation.

The new Nazis of today are the Ayatollahs of Tehran, their disciples and their feared paramilitary troops. In a country of 70 million citizens, I rarely hear a voice of reason from the people of Iran, when the fate of Israel is discussed. Like in Germany in the 30’s, the people of Iran seem to go along in a large majority with the incendiary remarks of its leadership.

Never do I hear an intellectual or a leader of the civil society calling the leaders of their country, genocidal murderers.

I am dismayed by the cowardness and lack of moral resolve of these people in its large majority. I allow myself to be so critical because as of last year I had a support page on the Internet with over 280,000 members on Facebook for democracy in Iran, and not once did anyone broach the issue of Israel and Iran’s diabolic threats.

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On another issue of great timely significance, many important and knowledgeable people, Jews and non-Jews, allowed themselves to lecture the prime minister of Israel over whether Israel should attack Iran alone or wait for the US to do it. Some experts believe that it is more reasonable for the US to do the job because they are more powerful and their armament will be more appropriate in their quest of destroying the Iranian nuclear infrastructure.

It is an Israeli principle since its creation in 1948 to never depend on anyone to fight its battles. I believe that if Israel decides to attack Iran , they will be perfectly capable of seriously damaging the Iranian nuclear facilities in a lethal way. I do not know about the experts and the specialists, since I am neither. What I know as a man, a Jew and student of my history is that whenever the Jewish people relied on someone else to save them from destruction, the price we paid was incredibly high.

One lesson we must never forget from the Holocaust and past historical Jewish disasters, when we are threatened by extermination, we do not wait for it to happen, we defend ourselves ferociously and at all costs and destroy our enemies before they destroy us.

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