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Iran Nuclear Verification

This is the crux of the problem with the verification clause in the Iran Nuclear WMD Deal.


In a nutshell:


“Can I check your suspected site for dangerous nuclear WMD?”


“No!”


“Ok, I’ll come back in 24 days.”


“Great, thank you–have a nice day.”


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Chaim Haberfeld, Facebook)

The “Real” Reason For The Iran Deal

Bride and Groom

So I’ve been giving this a lot of thought…


Why would the United States make a bad deal with Iran?


– Where Iran gets to keep their nuke infrastructure.


– Where they get restrictions for a mere 10-15 years and then presumably get the coveted BOMB.


– Where “managed access” for inspections has a ridiculous 24 days waiting time.


– Where the arms and ballistic missile embargo is lifted.


– Where Iran gets a windfall of $150 billion released to them for which they acknowledge they will tap for use to support terror worldwide. 


– Where Iran’s leadership continues to chant “Death To America,” burn our flag and President in effigy, hold Americans hostage, threaten us, and insist that their hatred and fight against us will go on. 


Are we going crazy?


No, there is actually a rational reason for all this.


So what’s the reason–let me explain from my simple-minded thinking about all this (follow carefully)?


Iran is a Shiite nation. 


Shiite’s make up only a small percentage of the Islamic world around 15% (or 200 million).


However, the Sunnis make up the other 1 billion Muslims.


The Sunnis are moving through terrorist movements such as ISIS, Al Qaeda,  Boko Haram, Hamas and more to create a Sunni Caliphate throughout the Middle East and North Africa (and maybe beyond). 


The Western world fears the terror and destruction that can come about from a Sunni Caliphate


Also, on 9/11, The U.S. was attacked by Al Qaeda (Sunnis) and where 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia (a Sunni Country). 


The answer is the enemy of my enemy is my friend…Iran. 


Iran is the largest Shiite Country with it’s own ambitions for a Shiite Caliphate. 


Arming and funding Iran is a bulwark against the predominant Sunnis and their ambitions for power and hegemony. 


Notably, guess what?  Iraq is another country with a large Shiite population, like Iran. 


Hence, this is why the U.S. went into Iraq to dethrone Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, who was holding power over the Shiite population–now the Shiites there are in power. 


Voila, Shiites in Iran and neighboring Iraq empowered to fight Sunnis.


They mostly terrorize and murder each other instead of seriously battling the West.


Since 9/11, there has not been a major terrorist attack on the U.S.


And if Iran is on the road to the Bomb, and this sparks a nuclear arms race in the Middle East with Saudi Arabia etc., perhaps the thinking…maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all.


Unfortunately, Israel who is threatened by a nuclear-armed Iran who explicitly wants to “annihilate” them is caught in the middle of all this.


But the West is more concerned with the Sunnis and Shiites battling it out, then with the fate of Israel, who we figure can be placated with some “compensation” armaments to protect themselves. 


But is that enough for a country where one nuclear missile hit can mean a second Holocaust? 


I am not a conspiracy theorist and never have been.


But this seems too easy. 😉


(All Opinions My Own)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Deal Of Dread

Eyes Wide Shut 2

I would imagine that very soon there will be ATA-boys, pats on the back and high-fives, photo ops, more gushing smiles, and of course the coveted Noble Peace Prize. 

But as we move ever closer to a deal with Iran on Nuclear Weapons Of Mass Destruction all I feel is complete dread.

I wish I could be happy–really I do–because we had a strong and verifiable deal that protected us all, but instead…

I am afraid for the State of Israel–holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims around the world–as a nuclear capable Iran and their terrorist proxies renew vows to annihilate Israel–only 70 years after the Holocaust that erased 6 million Jewish lives, their souls rising in the billowing smoke of the furnaces of the Nazi crematoria. 

Further, I am afraid for the dimming prospects of true world peace based on the tacit acceptance of an eventual nuclear-armed Iranian regime, still the leading state sponsor of world-wide terrorism

Every day, we are bombarded by a cacophony of what seems an unending litany of concessions to Iran:

1) Today, the latest is that Iran wants a complete lifting of the U.N. arms embargo including ballistic missiles. 


2) Yesterday, it was that Iran wants an immediate doubling of oil exports.


3) Last week, it was that rather than gradual sanctions relief for compliance, instead now Iran would get a $150 billion signing bonus  – that is 25 times the annual budget of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard and could be used to finance and carry out yet more global terrorism. 


4) And that for vital inspections for nuke compliance, “anytime, anywhere, unimpeded” of suspicious military sites would now only be a highly watered down “managed access” of inspections.


5) Three weeks ago, the U.S. said that Iran no longer needs to account for the past nuclear weapons research that world representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had been trying to pry out of them for than a decade. 


6) In March, as part of the framework deal, we learned that Iran’s freeze on sensitive nuclear activities would only be 10 years, and even that Iran was calling “unaceptable.”


7) Moreover in March, we learned that despite any agreement, Iran was continuing to pursue banned items for nukes and the missiles to deliver them


In April, we were reminded of the dangers of failed nuclear agreements when China warned about North Korea’s ever expanding nuke arsenal, which critics have pointed out mimics that of the deal with Iran


Aside from the dangerous weaknesses in the emerging deal, Iran’s hatred for the United States is unmitigated as a general in Iran said just last week that the U.S. remains “our worst, most vicious enemy.”


Moreover, as Iran’s Parlimant bans access to its military sites, they continue unabated their generational old chant of “death to America.”


In these fateful times, when our decisions now will affect the lives of untold millions in the future, let us pray for G-d’s mercy.


May the L-rd above bestow the strength of good character, wisdom of our ancestors, and the fortitude of our great heros to ensure a good deal–or no deal at all–with our avowed and undetered enemy–and may he bring a true peace to us all.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What’s Behind The Iran Deal?

Party Animals
The U.S. is driving forward toward a looming deadline for a deal with Iran, so they don’t go nuclear (on us).



But with this deal, Iran does go nuclear!



The question then is who is this non-deal of a deal for?



Usually one makes a deal that is good for you, your team, your allies, your friends, your community–that’s why you’re making the deal…otherwise why bother?



In this case, no one has more to lose with a (very) bad deal than Iran’s neighbors in the Middle East, so they are actually very good judges as to whether this is a good deal or not, right?



If it’s a good deal that safeguards them, the region, and us–wouldn’t they all be jumping up and down doing the Horah?


But they are not–and far from it!

PM Netanyahu was extremely clear and got 23 standing ovations in just a 40 minute speech explaining how kicking the thermonuclear can down the road ten years does not a non-proliferation agreement make with a homicidal terrorist regime like Iran. 



Similar, today again it is reported that “America’s other key allies across the Middle East–such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates–are just as distraught.”



And the same reason that they don’t like this deal is why we shouldn’t like this deal–because it doesn’t accomplish the goal of safety and security for this region of the world or for us from dangerous Iran. 



In this case, where a no-nuke Iran was what was committed to, instead we are getting, at best, a temporary deal with Iran that leaves them their nuke infrastructure and capabilities, as well as the legitimacy to ultimately have their nukes and make us eat it too!



So perhaps it is understandable why Netanyahu came here to speak to the U.S. Congress about what this dangerous “deal” is turning into and means to the very country that has been threatened by Iran with extermination. 



And why a prominent Emirati political commentator said, “A lot of the Gulf countries [our traditional U.S. allies] feel they are being thrown under the bus.



Hmm, perhaps rather than playing right side/left side of the aisle politics, we should be asking some common sense questions:



1) Why would anyone and why would we in particular want a deal that doesn’t accomplish the goal of stopping the terrorist Iranian regime from getting nuclear weapons of mass destruction?



2) Why would we desperately seek a deal that doesn’t safeguard us, and our allies, and where the common refrain is that no deal is better than this deal?



3) Why would we be pushing to lift sanctions on Iran that has threatened us and our allies with everything from raping the President’s daughter to sinking the U.S. Navy to annihilating Israel instead of clamping down on these terrorists?



You know the famous saying that when something smells fishy, it usually is.  



This deal makes no sense–and our allies in the Middle East know it, Congress knows it, and if you don’t let partisan politics get in the way, we all know it. 



That means that as Iran is now aggressively spreading it’s influence and forces across a contingent land sphere including Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, there is some ulterior motive at play here–should I draw you a map? 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Please Don’t Shoot Our Ally

Don't Shoot

So it is incredible how backward our current political situation is.


Get this…


When Israel was ready this past year to take out the Iran Nukes, who stopped them?


No, not the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.


No, not any of the other Arab states or terror groups.


No, not Russia.


But rather, our President is reported to have threatened to literally “shoot down Israeli fighter jets” (those of our “Major Strategic Ally”) if they attempted to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities. 


This at the same time that he is desperately seeking an agreement with Axis of Evil, Iran, who continues to threaten Israel and what Iran calls, “The Great Satan,” America. 


While these “negotiations” are going into the home stretch (with one extension after another)…


– Iran destroyed a mock Nimitz class U.S. aircraft carrier in a missile attack, just last week. 


– A senior Iranian cleric threatened our executive branch and vowed to “raise the flag of Islam over the White House.


– In Iran,”Obama is being hung in effigy and the U.S. flag being burnt in Tehran.”


Are these the actions of a nation that the U.S. can trust to make an agreement with on nuclear weapons of mass destruction OR is this a deal with the devil?


As one Arab official stated: “We prefer a collapse of the diplomatic process to a bad deal.” 


Why is this administration turning on Israel and our Arab allies and desperately pursuing a deal, “making ever more concessions” to the ever dangerous Iranian regime. 


As Putin is alleged to have had Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov killed last week, one has to wonder what is going on in our own backyard here in America, with worse yet, purported threats to shoot at our ally Israel. 


G-d should give our leaders the wisdom to discern our allies from our foes, to treat them accordingly, and to secure a genuine peace with security. 


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Mike Licht)

Is This A Partner For WMD Peace?

Everyone was speculating why Iran was building a 202 meter long life-size replica of a Nimitz Class U.S. Aircraft Carrier in the Persian Gulf.


Well today (as we are hear of “progress” with Iranian nuclear talks), we got our answer, as the Iranian military took the opportunity and blew the mock U.S. aircraft carrier to smithereens!



The commander of Iran’s Navy stated: “The Americans, and the entire world, knows that the American Navy is one of our targets and it will take us 50 seconds to destroy every US warship.”


At the same time, Iran is mulling over the purchase of a powerful anti-aircraft missile system from Russia.


So now Iran is going toward an agreement for a possible lifting of western financial sanctions and a 10-year nuke capability, and we are trusting them that it is for peaceful purposes?


Many of our major Middle East allies are concerned including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, and more, and so much so that an Iranian nuke capability may “spark a nuclear arms race.”


Hmm…why the desperation for a deal with “Axis of Evil,” Iran amidst ongoing hostility and threats from Iran towards “The Great Satan,” America, and all the express concerns of our longtime friends and allies? 


Now we won’t just have deadly terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS to contend with across the region, but also a nuclear armed Iran–amidst regular threats to sink the U.S. Navy and annihilate Israel (and just 70 years after the Holocaust killed 6 million Jewish men, women, and children!).  


What have we learned about appeasement of dangerous foes and the unimaginable risks to millions of innocent lives around the world? 😉

Soften The Hearts

The Iran-Around
This last year has shown some difficult negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran.

 
It seems as if the P5+1 have been doing everything possible to get Iran to stop pursuing dangerous WMD, but that the response is just forever, “No.”
 
So the deadline for a deal was extended once again. 
 
Many are saying no deal is better than a bad deal–and that certainly makes sense. 
 
The key is for national and global security to take precedence over any deal for deal’s sake.
 
Everyone desperately wants peace, but it should be a real and lasting and verifiable peace.
 
Most people are good and want peace, but there are always those extremists who have an irrational hatred and seek nothing but power and destruction, and they says things like they want to “annihilate Israel” or seek to build ICBMs that can reach Europe and America. 
 
Oh L-rd, please soften the hearts in Iran to agree to a real and lasting peace that safeguards us, and that brings prosperity and betterment to the world. 
 
Maybe this next extension will be the charm–let’s hope and pray.
 
Note: The characters in the cartoon are fictional and do not intend any disrespect to anyone–simply the hope for a softening of hearts and minds of Iran’s leaders, and with that the attainment of a real and verifiable peace with this next round of negotiations. 
 
All opinions my own.