Tyrants enjoy telling the world about their intentions. It is how they recruit followers. Think Hitler, Marx, Lenin and Mao. Tyrants aren't the real danger, though they are to their own people. The real danger is when the West fails to recognize evil and develop an effective response to it. Asking Israel to continue to "wait" while Iran builds a nuclear bomb is madness, especially when Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has described Israel as a "disgraceful blot," has said it should be "wiped off the face of the earth." Islamic extremists say what they mean and mean what they say. So why don't we believe them?
Whether the Islamists are a small minority within "peaceful" Islam is irrelevant. If the bad guys are pursuing nuclear weapons and their minions are killing our ambassadors and citizens, what is there to discuss? What can diplomats do?
How could this happen, Secretary Clinton? You have only to look at the one you correctly described four years ago as "inexperienced" and not ready to be president. If you continue in denial, deny this: "And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know (but) whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged." (Quran 8:60, Sahih International)
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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