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The Real Iran

Long before Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Congress with his concerns of a nuclear Iran, those who stand for Israel and the free world have questioned making deals with the Islamic Republic. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Dr. Denis MacEoin – an expert on Persian, Arabic, and Islamic studies – warns that the real Iran is an unstable state with an extremist belief system that may very well achieve nuclear capability sooner than we think:

When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke from the podium of the U.S. Congress to warn of the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, the clock was already ticking towards March 31. That is the deadline for a final agreement between the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and the Iranian regime on limits to Iran’s nuclear program, in return for the lifting of sanctions currently imposed on Iran.

By now, everyone has read page upon page of commentary on what the likely consequences of such a deal may be, with a preponderance of analysts agreeing that President Barack Obama’s drive to secure a resolution is likely to put Iran on a clear course to nuclear weapons capability after about ten years. Given Iran’s tendency to enrich uranium in secret, they may achieve nuclear breakout capability well before ten years from now.

Netanyahu’s mission was to warn Congress about the possible ramifications of these negotiations not only for Israel, but for the entire free world …

Over the years, Iran’s threats to destroy Israel, to “wipe it” from the pages of history or to flatten Tel Aviv and Haifa, have been direct and unambiguous …

What is worrying more than anything is that the U.S. president and his allies seem not to understand, even a little, the country now working to build nuclear weapons: its culture, its religion, and its apocalyptic obsessions.

Obama seems to think the Iranian leadership is made up of pragmatic politicians who favor an almost areligious approach to world affairs. This calculation seems based on a wished-for interpretation, which is almost secularist, of a religiously-defined and faith-inspired culture …

The Islamic State and other terrorists do not represent an idealized vision of normative Islam, and the majority of Muslims may not even support them. But its scriptural and historical roots frankly have plenty of precedent, and far from minimal support.

If we speak about the faith of the Iranian people, we are ignoring a few small minorities. Shi’i Islam is a very different belief system from Sunni Islam. Regrettably, it seems that neither Obama nor his advisors knows a thing about the theology, history, rituals and mechanisms of Shi’ism, its clerical system, its seminaries, its sects, or its modern manifestations. Many of these matters are very relevant to the question of whether Iran would use nuclear weapons once it had them …

Can the world afford to give the green light for building nuclear weapons to a country that is so unstable and so close to justifying the use of such weapons by believing in the nearness of The Last Day?

Tags: US-Israel Relations , Iran

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