Michael Youssef

In my post, Blindsided: 9/11 Was the Rule, Not the Exception, I explained how 9/11 woke up America to the reality of Islamic fanaticism. Because of ignorance to Islam’s history and grievance culture, its violent nature blindsided us.

Today, that same naivety is playing out before a looming armed conflict between Israel and Iran. Ignorance is especially strong among the professional punditry, who aim to shape US public opinion.

Since its covert nuclear program was exposed in 2002, Iran has danced around the international community, always professing its peaceful intentions. But many observers have suspected otherwise.

Threats against Israel made by Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, such as his statement that Israel must be “wiped off the map,” fueled that suspicion. Ahmadinejad saw Israel’s existence as an affront to Islamic dignity. “Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury," he has said.

Last November, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a report removing any doubt about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The report detailed Iran’s nuclear-related detonator and explosives development, and its experiments involving the missile delivery of nuclear payloads. President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said the report showed the "hollowness of Iran's claims.”

Could Israel possibly view Iran’s nuclear program as anything but an existential threat to its survival? Not likely.

And yet, if it decides to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, many Muslims and non-Muslim Westerners alike will accuse Israel of being aggressors.

Political voices in the West, and some even in Israel, urge caution. They hope further diplomatic efforts and sanctions, although ineffective so far, will suddenly cause Iran to abandon its plan.

But for Iran to permanently back down would require it to permanently accept what it views as the “humiliation” of Islam.

In my new book, Blindsided: The Radical Islamic Conquest, I explain the mindset of Islamic radicalism and its aim to overcome Islamic grievances through conquest.

As it relates to Israel, I write:

Michael Youssef

Dr. Michael Youssef is the author of 27 books including his most recent and timely Blindsided: The Radical Islamic Conquest. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com Follow on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef