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August 25, 2015 4:11 pm

Washington Post Columnist: US Must Be Prepared ‘Belligerently’ to Keep Israel Safe

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View of the prisoners' barracks soon after the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp 70 years ago. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

View of the prisoners’ barracks soon after the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp 70 years ago. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

No matter the “bourgeois yearnings” of ordinary Iranians excited by the prospects of a newly open Iran, Iran’s leadership has committed itself to remaining on a steadfast, virulently antisemitic and anti-Israel course, and so the U.S. should be prepared to use its military to ensure the safety of the Jewish state, wrote Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen on Monday.

Writing from Dachau, Germany, where the Nazi regime inaugurated the first of many concentration camps to persecute those the fascist regime deemed dangerously redundant, Cohen explained how the Holocaust was an “immense national effort,” with much of the killing “done by men (and some women) who, on leave, went home to cuddle their kids and pet their dogs.”

“Ordinary men can do extraordinary things, evil included,” he explained.

So while Cohen — who supports implementing the current nuclear deal with Iran — rejects the more extreme posturing that the Vienna pact could lead to another Holocaust or worldwide apocalypse, he hammers home the point that Iran’s leaders, perhaps unlike the country’s people, uphold vastly different values than our own.

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He quotes the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said of Israel: “This barbaric, wolf-like, and infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated,” and stressed that in calculating foreign policy toward Iran, “only the country’s leadership matters.”

After all, Iranian leaders have historically played down or denied the Holocaust (see former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad), even pandering to Holocaust deniers by holding cartoon competitions depicting the genocide of European Jewry.

“The United States should make the deal with Iran but be prepared — belligerently so — to enforce it and to keep Israel safe,” he wrote.

Since signing the nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has offered to boost Israel’s annual military aid beyond the current $3 billion the Jewish state receives, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected talks on the issue until Congress votes on whether to adopt the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which Netanyahu and many pro-Israel lobbies in the U.S. hope it will not.

Showing no sign of backing down from anti-Western rhetoric this week, Khamenei declared that the U.S. and Israel were the “real enemies” of Islam, accusing them of stirring violence in Muslim countries and pitting Muslim nations against one another, charges often leveled at Iran by several Arab states, Israel and the U.S.

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  • Anyone truly aware of how the Middle East works knows that when one has a signed contract in his pocket, in the Middle East, That is when negotiations truly begin. Iran has not lived up to signed contracts in the past. Why is the nuclear pact different? History repeats itself. England signed a Peace pact with Hitler in 1938. One year later WWII began. When will we ever learn?
    david l. israel (author)
    The Day the Thunderbird Cried
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  • sifter

    So why are we giving them cash and nukes? We should be circling 20 B2 bombers around their border non stop for a week with the implied message of utter obliteration. But they have a sympathizer in the White House, and Jews will never stop voting Democratic. To do otherwise is, racist, ya know

  • grace

    Another Cohen who is jew outwardly, but inwardly is like the worst gentile who has no knowledge of God. Am telling you what will wake up the Jew, especially the Jew of the diaspora, will be so astronomical, that they will blindfolndedly look for the door to run to their country like the men in Lots day who were stricken blind at the door by the angels of God. The Lord in Jeremiah talking about the refusal of the Jews to go back to their land says “and i will send them fishers with hooks, who will fish them and bring them up to their land”, these fishers with hooks, you really should not wait for them. Stop calling america “our country”, you have One and Only one “our country” – ISRAEL.

  • dante

    obama has so bungled negotiations with iran or, otherwise, so compromised our position that he has made war more likely.

    there are still options available to Congress, e.g. conditions or reservations, etc. or the imposition of new sanctions on those areas not covered by the agreement or the establishment of a binding commitment from the US to regional allies to treat an attack on them as an attack on the US (a US base in Israel would help make the point).

    without something dramatic to reverse the obama capitulation, war is more likely. and, if that’s where it’s at, BETTER WAR NOW with a non-nuclear iran than war later with a nuclear iran.

    obama seems to have learned at carter’s knee (except carter was an incompetent [an incompetent, who by his folly brought the mullahs to power – and, that is what foisted radical, fanatical, jihadist islam upon the world]; obama, on the other hand, has deliberately attempted to disable the US and empower our enemies).

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