Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Iran & the Bomb: Visions & Lies

The Daily 'Cuz:

"The process of consolidation in which the great states of the earth are involved at the moment is for us the last warning signal to stop and search our hearts, to lead our people out of the dream world back to hard reality, and show them the way to the future which alone will lead the old Reich to a new golden age."

And so we National Socialists consciously draw a line beneath the foreign policy tendency of our pre-War period. We take up where we broke off six hundred years ago. We stop the endless German movement to the south and west, and turn our gaze toward the land in the east. At long last we break of the colonial and commercial policy of the pre-War period and shift to the soil policy of the future."

If we speak of soil in Europe today, we can primarily have in mind only Russia and her vassal border states."

- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.

The above excerpt - from a book which still enjoys a frighteningly broad readership throughout the Islamic world - was written in 1924, while Hitler was still an inmate in Landsberg Prison. Mein Kampf ("my struggle") was the distilled vision of a young man who was determined to rise to the very top of his nation's political hierarchy. Once there, it was his intention to do precisely everything he'd diplomatically undertaken not to do. The assurances he'd made to foreign powers, the agreements and treaties he committed his nation to were mere ploys in order to buy time, so that Germany might rearm, and regain territory lost to them at the conclusion of the First World War.

Hitler's blitzkrieg war upon first western, then central and eastern Europe came as a surprise to those who thought diplomacy and appeasement had triumphed. But as anyone could have seen, even decades before the war had started, Hitler's true aim, his real vision for the destiny of the German Volk, was not in peaceful coexistence with their neighbors, but in a violent expansionism; especially to the east, into the fertile fields of Russia. It was all there, in Mein Kampf, for all to see. Right from the start.

That is the thing with megalomaniacal, totalitarian leaders. They almost universally believe themselves to be chosen men, destinied to lead their people on a grand quest toward eternal glory. And try though they might to be subtle, to be discrete, to conceal their plans from unhelpful scrutiny, they are just so utterly wrapped up in their own magnificent cleverness that they can't help but reveal their master plan beforehand.

I am now talking about the Iranian leader, President Mahmood Ahmadinejad. Like Hitler, he has made many entreaties to the west, using every trick in the fascist handbook in order to buy time. He knows that in dealing primarily with today's France and Germany, he is dealing with the same kind of weak, vaccilating liberal leadership Hitler had to contend with in France and Britain of the 1940s. He has little to fear from them, or their feeble UN motions that lead nowhere. However, in those seldom instances when it does look as though something solid might actually be brought against Iran before the UN Security Council, what do the Iranians do? They suddenly make concessions. Concessions which draw out the negotiations. Negotiations change to a sick, embarrassing game, as Iran first feigns cooperation, then suddenly switches to making ridiculous, impossible demands of the EU and the UN's toothless nuclear watchdog, the IAEA. Eventually, the entire process begins again. No inspections have taken place. Nothing has been achieved, except by Iran. In that time, months have elapsed. Months you can be sure the Iranians have put to excellent use in their uranium enrichment plant near Isfahan.

But if Ahmadinejad was like Hitler only in terms of his ability to stall, there would be little comparison to be drawn at all. The trouble is, he's also very much like Hitler in the sense that he believes himself to be a man of destiny, out to win a glorious triumph for his Volk (or the Ummah - whichever you prefer.)

Happily for us, he also suffers from Hitler's appalling inability to keep quiet about his own brilliance:

In the first such statement by an Iranian president in nearly 20 years, Mahmood Ahmadinejad said his election would mark what he termed a new Islamic revolution. Ahmadinejad said such a revolution would spread throughout the world.

"Thanks to the blood of the martyrs, a new Islamic revolution has arisen and the Islamic revolution of 1384 [the current Iranian year] will, if God wills, cut off the roots of injustice in the world," Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official Iranian news agency as saying. "The era of oppression, hegemonic regimes, tyranny and injustice has reached its end."

Like Hitler's references to the valiant eastward destiny of Aryan man, Ahmadinejad's words here can only be construed as alluding to the precise opposite of every diplomatic gesture he has made, especially his declarations in regard to nuclear weapons. He has claimed that while Iran has a "right" to nuclear energy technology, it has no intention of manufacturing nuclear weapons. How noble those Mullahs are, to go to this much trouble to provide their people with slightly cheaper electricity.

In contradiction to this, in the above statement he is openly indicating that it is his government's aim to be able to develop nuclear weapons, so as to be able to harken in the new "Iranian Revolution" and "cut off the roots of injustice in the world". The roots of injustice, as Iranians see them, stem from two sources alone. America and the Jews. The "world" he is referring to so altruistically is, of course, the Muslim world, the only world in which Muslims are even slightly interested.

But it is his final words that are most telling. "The era of oppression, hegemonic regimes, tyranny and injustice has reached its end." It's fairly clear that he isn't talking about the Swiss in this passage. Making the safe assumption that he is in fact talking about the "Great Satan" as the Iranians calmly labelled the United States, then what is it that he imagines will cause the Americans to lose their power so suddenly, and prevent them from going about their normal, dastardly routine of oppression, tyranny and injustice?I

ran is surrounded by a democratic Afghanistan and a democratic Iraq.

Only a nuclear-equipped Iran will secure the Mullah's regime, and they know it.

If the world through the UN believes the painfully transparent lies of this posturing boob, and allows him to see his dream through to fruition, then we deserve a nuclear Iran, and all of the misery that will most certainly accompany it.


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