“We Don’t Give a Damn!”
Vol: 55 Issue: 29 Saturday, April 29, 2006
As the UN-imposed deadline came and went, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went on record expressing his nation’s level of respect for the United Nations and world opinion.
“Those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their right, should know that we do not give a damn about such resolutions,” Ahmadinejad told a rally in northwest Iran.
“Those who resort to language of coercion should know that nuclear energy is a national demand and by the grace of God, today Iran is a nuclear country,” he added.
Ahmadinejad’s implied nuclear threat was transparent to anyone with an IQ approaching room temperature. (They must keep it cold at the UN.)
But even a handful of UN diplomats were able to read between the lines sufficiently to connect the dots, suggesting that maybe it might be time for the UN Security Council to ‘consider’ taking action.
Iran responded by offering to allow ‘spot checks’ by the IAEA, provided the IAEA accept restrictions imposed by Tehran.
Is this starting to sound familiar? It should. Ahmadinejad has been watching and learning.
Saddam played the same ‘cheat and retreat’ game with the UN, beginning in 1991, and he survived for twelve more years.
Iran only needs a few more months to become a nuclear-armed nation too powerful to attack under any circumstances.
When Pakistan was in the final sprint toward becoming nuclear, it dubbed its program “The Islamic Bomb,” declaring it the property and defender of all Muslim nations.
Ahmadinejad declared Iran’s nuclear program the legacy of all Muslim nations, and has promised to share it with the Islamic world. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Tehran last week, after which, he declared Iran’s nuclear advances to be “the property of the Islamic world.”
Like Saddam, Ahmadinejad has declared any attack on his country an attack on Islam.
But Ahmadinejad’s calls have resonance Saddam’s didn’t. Saddam wasn’t offering to share nuclear technology with the Islamic world.
In response to Ahmadinejad’s defiant rejection of the IAEA deadline, President Bush went on TV to offer assurances that ‘the diplomatic efforts were just beginning.’
That sounds like just about the dumbest response to the crisis imaginable. Why tell Iran they’ve got plenty of time? Why not tell Iran that if they don’t shut down their nuclear program, we will shut it down for them and then shut up and let Tehran sweat?
We aren’t talking about some terrorist planning a do-it-yourself local catastrophe. We aren’t talking about airplane hijackers, or suicide bombers or a handful of nut jobs waiting around for an opportunity to wreak havoc.
We are talking about the world’s most prolific terrorist state developing the means to destroy whole nations and then sharing them with the Islamic world. An Islamic world that largely shares Ahmadinejad’s belief it can bring about the return of the Islamic messiah by starting a war that will kill off a third of humanity.
If Iran obtains the bomb, he will have at his disposal the means to do exactly that.
It is a foregone conclusion that the only certain way to stop the Iranian sprint towards nuclear arms and their proliferation throughout the world is to physically stop the regime.
To Ahmadinejad, UN resolutions are conspiracies to be ignored. UN sanctions are merely economic attacks by Zionists and Zionist supporters to be endured and counter-attacked. Negotiations are vehicles through which Ahmadinejad buys the regime precious development time.
And the White House just assured Ahmadinejad that he will get all the time he needs.
Ahmadinejad isn’t worried about the United Nations. The UN is so mired in the muck of its own corruption it has become a hopeless basket case. Besides, he can count on a Russian veto of any meaningful Security Council action, should the Security Council ever get its act together long enough to get anything passed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued a press statement saying Iran shouldn’t see the IAEA’s referral of its nuclear program to the Security Council as an ‘ultimatum’ that Ahmadinejad should worry about.
“The submission of IAEA head Mohammad ElBaradei’s report to the UN Security Council and its discussion are of a purely working nature and have no rigorous deadline,” he said.
(Translation: Don’t worry, be happy. We’ve got your back.)
In the meantime, Iran gets to continue its nuclear enrichment program uninterrupted by either the risk or the threat of military intervention.
Let’s step back and take a look at the Big Picture as it is shaping up. We have Russia, Iran, Sudan, (and by extension, Islamic North Africa) in a standoff with the UN (and by extension, the US and Europe) over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
The main fear, apart from Islamic nuclear proliferation, is that Ahmadinejad will move to make good on his threats to annihilate Israel. Israel, whose continued existence depends on stopping Iran’s becoming a nuclear power, sits quietly on the sidelines while the UN debates whether or not there is even anything to worry about.
Now let’s take another quick look at Ezekiel’s Gog-Magog War scenario. Ezekiel has Russia, Iran, Islamic North Africa (together with elements of the Islamic world) preparing to invade Israel, who, from Ezekiel’s description, is sitting quietly on the sidelines. (Ezekiel 38:11)
While the rest of the world (“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof,” – Ezekiel 38:13a) debates whether or not there is even anything to worry about.
(“Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”) (13b)
According to the “scholars” in the recent National Geographic special “Doomsday: The Book of Revelation” this is all just a coincidence that empty-headed ‘believers’ are selectively interpreting as being a fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Their view is reflected the use of the word ‘Doomsday’ in the program’s title — believers in the literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy are merchants of doom, whereas the ‘scholars’ offer a message of hope. (That ‘message of hope’, by the way, is that the Bible probably isn’t true anyway, so don’t worry about it.)
However, the world is not facing a rhetorical ‘Doomsday’ but, if Ahmadinejad gets his way, a very real version of it (that ‘coincidentally’ looks remarkably like Ezekiel’s version.)
The fulfillment of Bible prophecy is not a message of doom, but the ‘scholars’ contention that it is all a coincidence is. Because if it is a coincidence, then the world is spiralling rudderless and out of control, toward a very real Doomsday from which there can be no escape.
But Bible prophecy confirms that things are under God’s complete control. “. . . yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isaiah 46:11)
That is the real message of hope. God knows exactly what He is doing. Trust Him.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (Psalms 118:9)
(For those who’ve asked, “Doomsday: The Book of Revelation” will repeat on the National Geographic Channel on May 1st at 6 pm EST 3 PM PST)