The world learned to its horror the price of appeasement when, fearing war, it allowed Adolf Hitler to ignore the Treaty of Versailles in his quest to establish a Thousand Year Reich. More than 50 million people paid that price in death.
Now the world is facing another mad dictatorship in an Iran bent on mass destruction. America and its NATO allies, weary from years of fighting, fear another war. Will Iran, too, be appeased as it develops nuclear weapons in its quest to destroy Israel and the United States?
The newspaper Keyhan, which operates directly under the supervision of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently published an analysis that said America has no choice but to accept a nuclear-armed Iran.
Keyhan said an editorial in the Saudi Al-Watan newspaper confirmed that a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities is no longer an option.
Al-Watan reportedly quoted U.S. Gen. James Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as saying: "The only way to end Iran's nuclear pursuits is to militarily occupy their facilities, the Arak and Natanz nuclear sites in particular; but given the possible consequences that it can have, particularly the price tag, it does not appear to be possible."
Al-Watan also quoted former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Jeffrey White, who, like Cartwright, stressed there is no possibility of a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. "One approach,” White said, “is the notion that the air attack on Iranian facilities is possible or easy, but it does not conform with reality, because any air attack will have serious consequences."
A military analyst in Tehran said Cartwright's statement reveals two things: First, the U.S. is incapable of militarily attacking Iran; second, it does not know any other way other than to take military action in order to halt Iran’s nuclear program. “Therefore, the U.S. military is clearly preparing itself for the reality of a nuclear Iran,” the analyst said.
An editorial on the Revolutionary Guards’ website, Gerdab.Ir, boasted that the world will do nothing when Iran tests its first nuclear bomb and that it will be a moment of national pride.
This conclusion has led Iran to speed up its nuclear program, not only enriching to a higher level but working on tripling production, despite four sets of U.N. sanctions. And those sanctions have failed to stop Iran from its nuclear drive. The latest report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, indicates that Iran now has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs.
Today the radicals ruling Iran have over 1,000 ballistic missiles in underground missile silos pointed at every U.S. military base in the region, every city in Israel and capitals of Western Europe. They have expanded on their missile technology under the guise of their space program, which technically gives them intercontinental ballistic missile capability.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have introduced a solid fuel anti-ship ballistic missile that could be a game changer in the Persian Gulf as it can hit moving targets such as an aircraft carrier. The Guards have also armed their naval vessels with long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles while successfully testing a rocket launch from a ship and also exploding a ballistic missile in the air. The only goal of such tests is to launch an electromagnetic pulse attack, which could bring America to its knees.
The dictators in Iran have been calling for the removal of Israel and have openly stated that a Palestinian state is just the beginning. They dream of the glorification of Allah and believe that the destruction of Israel and demise of America is at hand. Meanwhile, America and its European allies, fearing war, have continuously offered negotiations, believing that the best way forward is appeasement. This has allowed Iran to continue its progress in its missile and nuclear program.
The masters of terror in Tehran have crossed every red line and will soon arm their missiles with nuclear bombs. Israel will be destroyed and a single nuclear blast over U.S. skies will create an electromagnetic radiation that will likely destroy the infrastructure of the United States. It's estimated that over 200 million Americans will die in just one year as a result of such an attack. The world order will crumble, and hundreds of millions more will die in the ensuing nuclear exchange.
Will we allow history to repeat itself?
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy who requires anonymity for safety reasons. He is the author of "A Time to Betray" a memoir about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, published by Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster, April 2010.He is a Senior Fellow with EMPact America. "A Time to Betray" won the 2010 National Best Book Award, and the 2011 International Best Book Award.