Bret Stephens should be commended for summarizing the Seven Myths about Iran so succinctly. The world hopes the seventh not to be a myth and He leaves the essential truth to the end:
(7) Israel will ultimately dispose of Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The more policy makers fall for the first six myths, the less mythical the seventh one becomes.
Stephens seems to take seriously the hand wringing of those officially opposed to Israeli action. I do not. All men like Robert Gates are doing is hoping to avoid Iranian retaliation by avowing innocence. If Israel acts, world leaders would be racing to condemn Israel as they did in 1981 and the Obama administration will lead the charge. Even the Reagan administration condemned the attack on Ossirak. It was only when his successor needed to “liberate” and discovered how close Saddam had been to the bomb that the American administration came to appreciate the Israeli help.
All that the current prepositioning of Patriot missiles means is that the Obama administration is trying to protect the oil Gulf from the consequences of an Iranian or an Israeli action. Alternatively, it will try to convince the Arabs they can live with the bomb.
The real cry heard around the world is: “Common Israel, do it so we can relax and punish you by delivering you to the Islamists and their ‘moderate’ enablers.”
Recently, when I complained to a Texas businessman who told me that he wakes up each morning expecting to hear that Israel took care of the Iranian threat, he responded: “But Israel is so good at it.” All I could do is utter a silent pray that Israel will continue to be that good and that her citizens would not pay too dearly for being forced to be that good.
Of course, we can also hope that Iranians may succeed in ridding themselves of their clerical tormentors who are continuing to execute their domestic opponents ( Nine more to be executed ) as fast as they can as the world silently watches the next symbolic date, February 11. In the meantime, two explosive barrels were found on Israeli beaches. It seems that Ahmadinejad is getting tired of waiting for Netanyahu and may be seeking to force the issue.