The Day – Biden’s dangerous game with Iran
The Islamic Republic of Iran, as it calls itself, is not a republic, but it is Islamic.
Here are two definitions to take stock.
A Republic is defined by Dictionary.com as “a State in which supreme power belongs to all citizens with the right to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them”. Iranian elections give supreme power to religious leaders, not the people. In previous elections, when there were public demonstrations against the government, “the people” were imprisoned or murdered by the regime.
Radical Islam is a belief system based on interpretations of the Quran made by political leaders who seek to impose these beliefs on their citizens and the rest of the world, by force if necessary. At least that’s my definition, based on sermons from hard-core mullahs in Iran and elsewhere, as well as personal observations of how those beliefs are put into practice.
Obviously, not all Muslims agree on everything, especially when it comes to politics. Neither do Christians and Jews either. But Christians and Jews are not known for wanting to eliminate nations they don’t like or forcing their will on others.
The recent election in Iran, if one can put it that way since the results are announced in advance, places the presidency of the country in the hands of Ebrahim Raisi, a man even more radical than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani. In the case of Iran, it doesn’t matter who the president is since the real power lies with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, but the election should send a message to the Biden administration that his attempt to reinstate the nuclear deal hence former President Trump withdrew the United States is a wild ride. Ultimately, such a deal will not benefit the United States, Israel, and the world.
Statements by Iranian leaders belied American diplomats who believe their soft tones and goodwill towards Tehran will change the goals or behavior of its leaders.
According to The Times of Israel, Supreme Leader Khamenei drew up a nine-point plan for the destruction of Israel, calling it a “barbaric” Jewish state that “has no other remedy than to be annihilated.”
What is not clear about this statement?
Khamenei and other Iranian leaders have also made it clear that the familiar chant “Death to America” is not a bumper sticker slogan. Only the blind would claim that they are not sincere.
I have asked this question to other administrations. Why would anyone, seen by Iranian leaders as a secular infidel, think they can negotiate with religious fanatics who want their dead and their country destroyed? How can we negotiate with those who want to rule and dominate the world?
Do Westerners sincerely believe that they can influence those who claim to receive direct orders from their god? These religious fanatics believe their god wants them to pursue a death program for the Jews and eliminate Israel, Western Europe, and the United States.
Financial advisers and brokerage firms are required by law to tell clients that “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
In the case of Iran, past (and current) performance IS a guarantee of future results.
Cal Thomas is a columnist for the Tribune Content Agency.