The West’s ‘Rational Iran’ Fest

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It quotes from a recent speech by Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, who proclaimed: “Our naval forces are so powerful that we have a presence in all the waters of the world and, if needed, we can move to within three miles of New York.” Fadavi’s speech was given on Tuesday, April 24—the 32nd anniversary of the failed U.S. attempt to rescue the American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

And “on Friday,” the report continues,

IRGC Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the Islamic republic’s military is also capable of crippling or disabling US aircraft carriers.

“First, sinking an aircraft carrier is not a complicated task,” Hajizadeh said. “Second, an aircraft carrier is equipped with so many advanced, delicate, and sensitive devices…that it could be incapacitated by even the smallest explosion.”

These are certainly unpleasant words at a time when such nice things are being said about Iran, as the world powers gear up for the second round of nuclear talks with the mullahs in Baghdad on May 23. After the first round in Istanbul on April 14, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton glowingly foresaw “a comprehensive negotiated solution which restores international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.”

But there is even more unpleasantness on Fars, with Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi—wanted by Interpol for the 1994 attack on a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and wounded hundreds—chiming in: “The [Iranian] Navy has a strong presence in the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman, Indian Ocean and international waters and soon it will be present in the Atlantic Ocean.”

Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal has published an important op-ed by Robert Bernstein, Irwin Cotler, and Stuart Robinowitz noting that “Iran’s genocidal anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric…constitutes one of the most serious crimes under international law.” Among other things, Bernstein, Cotler, and Robinowitz quote Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameini calling Israel a “cancerous tumor that must be removed” and declaring that there is“justification to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and Iran must take the helm.”

Bernstein, Cotler, and Robinowitz also note that Iranian officials regularly characterize Jews as

nonhuman or subhuman: “bloodthirsty barbarians,” “filthy bacteria,” “wild beasts,” “cattle,” “cancer,” “filthiest criminals,” “a blot,” “a stain,” “wild dogs” and the like. Similar slurs were made in Nazi Germany and Rwanda. They are the precursors to genocide.

How strange, then, to find even Israeli security officials publicly describing Iran as “rational.”

Of course, “rational” can mean different things. If one wants to annihilate Jews, it is rational to build Auschwitz and Treblinka. If one wants to annihilate Israel, dominate the Middle East, and eventually bring the West including the United States to its knees, it is rational to build nuclear weapons, a far-flung navy, and intercontinental ballistic missiles as Iran is doing.

It is also rational to realize, and exploit the fact, that one is essentially dealing with the same West that Hitler dealt with in the 1930s—just as weak-kneed, delusive, and eager to be duped.

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  • aspacia

    Jack Job is insane and the West should not negotiate with this mad man. We made this mistake with Hitler.

  • Schlomotion

    When the Israel Lobby can have a war against Iran without a real opponent, without the US, without an air base, without Mossad, without a chief of staff, without Shin Bet, without a populace, only with Netanyahu and Ehud Barak's celestial visions and visitations, when the Wall Street Journal declares rhetoric to be "one of the most serious crimes under international law," you know that this is a blogger and journalists' Chickenhawk War waged from an armchair, trying to poison the enemy with penmanship. If you can't win against the argument of "Iranian rationality," Mr. Hornik suggests an all out assault on "rationality" as such, blaming rationality for Auschwitz and Treblinka. In other words, Hornik is an anti-Western Irrationalist who tries to force us to decide between Zionism and Nihilism.

    Under Jewish Irrationalism (Nihilism):

    The world is devoid of rational structure, therefore all Jews need to live in a 1st Century castle.
    Reason is inherently defective, therefore all reason must be met with Hasbara.
    All countries should not have access to science, because science is magic powers to control others with fireballs.
    There are no objective standards, only standards under which Jews proliferate.
    The Enlightenment simply creates too much freedom and allows terrorists to blend in with us.
    History simply represents the place where one PR agency lost the advertising war.
    If you can't falsify something, then at least refute it (a return to Phariseeism).

    • Brian H

      Repulsive and stupid, but revealing. Thanks — I think.

    • Ghostwriter

      And you are an anti-Jewish Irrationalist,Shlobrain.

      • Schlomotion

        Do tell.

  • WildJew

    When genocidal / apocalyptic (totalitarian) regimes issue martial threats, these are not peaceful regimes by any means.

    • Brian H

      Yes, the Achilles heel of civilized nations; they can't quite believe that the sociopaths REALLY mean what they say. Despite repeated historical demonstrations that they will do exactly what they promise (in terms of aggression, suppression, destruction). What we learn from history is that we are incapable of learning from history. "It's different, now!' is the perpetual delusion.

  • Marty

    This sort of behavior must be known as the rationality of irrationality. The sociopathic leadership in tehran remains determined to destroy Israel, islamize as much of the planet as possible, terminate western civilization, democracy, and human rights. After satisfying their genocidal impulses, the mullahs want the credit for plunging the world into a permanent and cruel dark age and deprive the human race of science, music, humor, art, and progress. Instead, the United States and the West should be working as hard as possible to cause the disintegration of iran into various ethnic and religious statelets and the end of the regime through enhanced assassination methods.

  • Brian H

    Iran's leadership is rational — once you acknowledge their goals and internal standards. Destruction of the Jews and ushering in the return of the 12th Imam (whom Dumbjob hints is really himself) are both rationally advanced by stimulating nuclear war in the ME. That the country would "burn" was of no concern to Iran's original revolutionary mullahs and ayatollah, and probably is at most secondary to the current inheritors.

  • MarcH

    Very good piece. You did well to remind folks of the comments of the IRGC navy admiral regarding NYC.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    How many observers have ever been in Iran, none maybe and how many would there be for a_limited production of nuclear material, probably none. This effort to accommodate Iran's leaders_and blindfold themselves with papers that have no other effect than identify willfully sightless_leadership reveals a failure in determination. Iran will go on to produce nuclear bombs with_the help of Russia and China and North Korea and Washinton and an efete EU. Israel will be_up the creek without paddle, boat nor water but maybe if lucky a warm beer and roadmap out of_Israel. What madness to believe anything coming out of Tehran, they do as they want and the
    World is next……………………….William

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The Trolls are out………….William

  • Poyani

    Hey … who needs Shin Bet, Mossad, CIA, etc experts when we have David Hornick? I mean, he read that whole article by the three-stooges in the Wall-Street Journal, all by himself, and regurgitated the words verbatim.

  • Whore-o-wits

    Quite a Nazi-fest on this site! But then again, this little Nazi-fest has been going on for years now.

  • Ronald Johnston

    Anybody who thinks we can deal with terrorists like Iran and Syria is delusional. These people need to be deprived of any ability to leave their countries and isolated from all other countries! If we pursued this policy, all the other islamic countries would have to abide by this policy or face the same fate!!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    And who ever said the mullahs in Iran were ever rational people?

  • StephenD

    I tried to post this yesterday.

    Rational?!? Ahmadinejad wants to usher in the return of the 12th Imam who he believes has been hiding since the 10th century.
    The 12th Imam, according to some Shia Muslims, is a great spiritual savior named Muhammad al Mahdi.
    Mahdi was born around 868 A.D. at a time of large persecutions of Shiite Muslims. In order to protect him, his father, the 11th Imam, sent him into hiding. Mahdi appeared briefly in public as a child, but when his father died, he went back into the shadows. Even today, Shiites believe he continues to guide Muslims. (cont'd)

  • StephenD

    Mahdi’s followers are often called ‘Twelvers’. Some devout Shiite Muslims believe him to be a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed.
    Ahmadinejad is also someone who believes he has been told by the prophet Mohammed that he is the chosen one to hasten the return of the Muslim’s messiah by creating chaos throughout the world. Combine all of this with a world full of countries, except for Israel, who is unable or unwilling to stop this madman and we have all the ingredients of a very serious situation.
    Is the West so utterly opposed to action we will believe a madman that tells us sweet little lies? This guy is nuts! We should respond accordingly.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      So a Maddinnerjacket believes his holy poptart is coming up out of the well as soon as he creates
      enough chaos and destruction, like and atomic war afterwhich Mullas will rule and of course he
      will be set forever as the main man. Yeah nuts, Sat Bhit lunatics and Mullah Obama and gang
      are in with them helping the Muslim Brotherhood take over and Hillary gets a big black death rag
      to wear, how will Bill look in a turban and pajamas in his harem, this is probably all the inducemnt
      Bill needed to cooprate, that and millions of oil dollars……..America sold into slavery……….William

  • Mladen Andrijasevic

    Here is a blog discussing the opinions of those scholars and politicians who believe that Iran is NOT rational: MAD is Dead

  • Irandissident

    The current Iranian constitution, in its preamble, explaining the rationale behind the constitutional articles, under the heading of "an Ideological Army", calls for a "Global Jihad" as the aim of the revolution and assigns the task to the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. This is a clear and plain military Jihad; none of that propaganda about a "spiritual" trip !

    They have and will act rationally to attain this goal, by deceiving the world and for buying time.


    jimmy carter "worst US president EVER" is the antichrist.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Crazy people always consider other crazy people-rational.