There are reports out of Washington, D.C., this week that the Obama administration is in a regular tizzy about the possibility that Israel will strike Iran's nuclear facilities without U.S. help or permission. According to a senior State Department official, the Obama administration is so worried that Israel will go it alone that they are finally placing pressure on China and Russia to sanction Iran more strictly.
Such pressure will accomplish precisely nothing, just as it has since the ascendancy of the ayatollahs. Iran does not care about economic pressure. As a fascist religious state, their concern is strictly with fulfillment of their cataclysmic destiny -- in short, with the mass genocide of the Jews in Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu knows that, which is why he has been bringing home hostages such as Gilad Shalit in anticipation of an attack on Iran. When that attack takes place, Netanyahu knows, every Jew in Muslim territory will be endangered.
Why the sudden urgency from Israel with regard to Iran? The answer doesn't lie in any sort of upswing in Iranian nuclear capabilities -- they've been steadily progressing toward nuclear weaponry for years. The answer lies in President Obama's support for Islamist regimes across the Middle East. The Arab Spring, it turns out, wasn't a nice, happy democratic socialist revolution. It was an Islamist revolution of the worst sort, toppling brutal dictators with whom we could deal with in favor of populist Islamist movements that we cannot.
And Obama stands behind all of it. It started with his invitation to members of the Muslim Brotherhood -- the supposedly moderate group that stands behind Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida and virtually every other terrorist entity in the region -- to attend his speech in Cairo in 2009. His words in Cairo emboldened Islamists; his appeasement rhetoric suggested that the conflict between Western civilization and radical Islam is a mere misunderstanding, and just a few days before that, his statements calling America "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world," told Islamists that they had nothing to fear from the United States.
That was doubly true for Iran. America's policy on Iran has been feckless for the better part of three decades. At least President Bush made noises about taking action against Iran; Obama made clear from the outset that he would do nothing about Iran. In the presidential debates, he said he would meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; since Obama's ascendance to the White House, Ahmadinejad has visited the United States repeatedly, speaking to the U.N. and Columbia University.