Cal  Thomas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rightly labeled the deal "a historic mistake." It isn't enough to halt progress on Iran's nuclear program. It must be dismantled. Israeli officials say they will spend the next six months -- the duration of the interim agreement -- trying to persuade the Obama administration and Israel's friends (the two are not always synonymous) to negotiate a deal that will roll back Iran's progress toward building a nuclear weapon.

The Anti-Defamation League has compiled a useful list of some of the anti-Semitic statements from Iran's leaders. They are worth reading to understand the intent and motivation of the Iranian leadership (http://www.adl.org/israel-international/iran/c/irans-leadership-2013.html ). It's more than just language. It is also about a political goal. Last May 24, Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and leading presidential candidate said during a campaign event in Tehran: "(The goal of Iran and its allies is to) uproot capitalism, Zionism and Communism, and promote the discourse of pure Islam in the world."

How does any nation negotiate with that?

History can be a great teacher if the "students" pay attention. Many things in the world have changed since the disastrous Munich Pact, but human nature never does. Tyrants respect agreements only so long as it allows them to further their objectives. Munich only delayed the onset of World War II; it did not prevent it.

This latest agreement will similarly delay the inevitable need to confront Iran with force and will likely be seen by history as the Obama administration's Munich.


Cal Thomas

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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