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Also tending to be ignored is the fact that Iran’s current defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, is an international criminal wanted by Interpol for his role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires. The attack killed 85 people and injured hundreds. Vahidi, a commander of Iran’s Quds Force at that time, was appointed defense minister in August 2009—a few months after President Obama sent his message to Iran calling for peace and dialogue.
Indeed, Monday’s incidents coincide with a Daily Beast report claiming the U.S. and Israel are still at loggerheads over how to deal with the mullahs’ regime. The report says Obama still refuses to assure Israel that, if sanctions fail, he’ll use the military option; and that Israel, in response, has “stopped sharing a significant amount of information with Washington regarding its own military preparations.”
Considering that regime’s record of barbarity (in some cases via Hizbullah and other proxies), from the 1979 U.S. embassy takeover through the 1983 bombing of the U.S. barracks in Lebanon, the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires (followed by the 1994 bombing of the cultural center), the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, the various missile barrages and other terror against Israel, and the support for attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan—among much else—one does not need a wild imagination to regard nukes in Tehran’s hands as the ultimate nightmare.
Monday’s events—fortunately relatively minor—are a grim reminder that this regime, which engages in terror all over the world, would not hesitate to convey nukes to terrorists and make that world intolerably dangerous, along with sparking an inevitable Middle Eastern nuclear-arms race and directly threatening Israel and, eventually, Europe and the U.S. with a nuclear-missile capability.
The Obama administration still regards the situation as less than urgent and has even put off sanctions affecting Iran’s central bank till July. Israel sees it differently.
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