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Dr. Andrew Bostom closes the preface to his new volume, Iran’s Final Solution for Israel: The Legacy of Islamic Jihad and Shi’ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran, with several rhetorical questions, answered encyclopedically in the chapters that follow.

At first glance, someone unfamiliar with the nature of the subject might recognize in them a resemblance to Jeopardy!, now in its 30th year. Jeopardy contestants must correctly identify the historical event, leader or trivia — in the form of a question. To a description, for example, of “totalitarian religious law dictating behavior in all aspects of life for persons of said faith,” a well-tutored college student might ask: “What is sharia?” Of a treaty signed in March 628 between a famous charismatic figure and military commander and a competing Arabian tribe, a brainy homemaker might respond: “What is the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah?”

However, few Westerners can actually provide these correct responses, an issue that puts Western society in grave jeopardy.

Only the near-universal ignorance on Islam could explain why the Western press corps and leaders of the so-called “P5 +1” nations — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Iran — all naïvely lauded the late November 2013 news of an interim agreement to eliminate Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, and blindly accepted the notion that the deal would halt Iran’s future military goals.

Actually, the opposite happened. The P5 leaders, hopeful that a written agreement could put Iran’s nuclear ambitions to rest, were all-too-easily duped by Iran.

This reality marched to the fore on February 11, 2014, when Iranians massed in the streets of Tehran shouting “down with the U.S.” and “death to Israel” to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, during which Ayatollah Rehollah Khomeini reestablished the Iranian Shiite theocracy that the 20th century Pahlavi shahs had forestalled for an all-too-brief 54-year juncture (1925-1979).

As if to punctuate the madness of any attempt to reach agreement, current Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that day stated that the country’s nuclear program would continue “forever,” and that all Western sanctions to stop it had been “brutal, illegal, and wrong.”

Meanwhile, three Iranian military leaders simultaneously celebrated the milestone anniversary with “in your face” bellicosity. Major-General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior military aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised that “Hezbollah forces of Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah” would counter any Israeli attempt to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program that would, just as the nuclear program is intended to do, destroy “the Zionist regime.” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehquani proclaimed that the first Iranian ballistic missile test fire — including a long-range missile that could evade radar — provided a fitting response to “unfounded [U.S.] allegations.” And Iranian Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari confirmed that Iran had deployed warships toward U.S. Atlantic territorial waters, a message-laden move to alert “the arrogant powers that are present near our maritime borders” that Iran will “also have a powerful presence close to the American [maritime] borders.”

Half a dozen more comments in the following days emphasized that Iran never intends, even temporarily, to halt or slow its predominantly militaristic nuclear program. Chief Iranian “P5 + 1” negotiator Muhammad Javad Zarif stated — to directly rebut Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman – that Iran would not need the fortified, underground Fordow uranium enrichment center or its Arak plutonium heavy-water reactor, whose “non-negotiable” status warrants no discussion or talks. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi said Iran would not dismantle even one nuclear facility. In a February 17 Iranian TV address, Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khameini stated it would be impossible to resolve the “nuclear issue” per “U.S. expectations,” and reminded viewers that Americans are Iran’s immutable enemies. Talks would lead “nowhere.”

Tragically, the gullibility of American leaders today mirrors that of U.S. policymakers in 1979. Bostom brilliantly juxtaposes the events.

In February 1979, he notes, the New York Times published an op-ed by Princeton international law professor Richard Falk entitled “Trusting Khomeini.” This is representative of the “parlous denial — born of willful doctrinal and historical negationism” that continues to shape U.S. policy on Iran today.

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Let's flash back to the WW2 era. The Germans and their allies did their best to kill all Jews. On the whole, the British and their allies did their best to prevent the Jews from escaping and relocating, especially to their ancestral homeland. They were far too genteel to commit genocide themselves but far too anti-Semitic to protect the prospective victims.
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My take on what ails western leaders from recognizing the totalitarian threat of Islam is that their is a connivance among our former Marxist and now progressives and Islamic Jihad. They all want to destroy western civilization as we know it. I believe "We the People" fail to acknowledge this fact at our own peril.
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I do not believe the current administration is gullible. There appears to be a global agenda to weaken America and empower Israel's enemies using American tax payer monies.

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"The P5 leaders, hopeful that a written agreement could put Iran’s nuclear ambitions to rest, were all-too-easily duped by Iran."

Wait!! Iran lied? This is impossible. I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you. This goes completely against everything the media, and our President, would have us believe. Why, it's almost as if THEY lied to us also.
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"Instead of a clenched fist, we shall extend an open hand.."--Barack Obama [Cairo speech of 2009]
Do you still have that "open hand", Barry?
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The spread of Woodstock Totalitarianism is barely different from the dark totalitarianism of the Soviets.

Conquering the world for "socialist" domination is the parallel rail to the Sharia rail.

They are connected by ties to form a track that rumbles forward to suppress people of the Book, Old and New Testament.

To crush the West and make it weak, malleable, supplicants.

In the final battle...they will either agree to half a world each...or vie for Supremacy.

Totalitarian vs Totalitarian. Evil vs Evil.

Agenda vs agenda. I don't wish to be here in such a world.

The THIRD way...is a people willing to defend freedom from tyranny. That way needs a leader. Nobody has stepped forward to assume the role.
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You possess the required oratory skills. I read your posts often and find them excellent.
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Let's flash back to the WW2 era. The Germans and their allies did their best to kill all Jews. On the whole, the British and their allies did their best to prevent the Jews from escaping and relocating, especially to their ancestral homeland. They were far too genteel to commit genocide themselves but far too anti-Semitic to protect the prospective victims.
10 weeks ago
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My take on what ails western leaders from recognizing the totalitarian threat of Islam is that their is a connivance among our former Marxist and now progressives and Islamic Jihad. They all want to destroy western civilization as we know it. I believe "We the People" fail to acknowledge this fact at our own peril.
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The American Left constitute the "Useful Idiots" the Jihadists pray Allah delivers to them. Of course, under sharia law, the useful idiots will be the first to be deprived of their empty heads.
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But don't forget there are Western corporations eager to profit from selling to Iran whatever it wants to buy.
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And certain pseudo-conservatives who want us to sell to them. (I am thinking of a certain former Presidential contender.)
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The UN Security Council nations were not duped. All the representatives know the Iranians will not stop building the bomb. You think they were outsmarted? This agreement is simply a fig leaf to hide behind.
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The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth. The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as
Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran just to name a very few nightmares. Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'box'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.
Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded front.
Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. Restore the balance to the Spiritual Vortex as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.




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I do not believe the current administration is gullible. There appears to be a global agenda to weaken America and empower Israel's enemies using American tax payer monies.

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Actually,"Jeopardy" dates back to the early 60's when Art Fleming was host
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Did you even *READ* the article?

Didn't know they let LIVs in here.

Trite, shallow and churlish.

Go crawl back under your blankie.
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Oh, get a life.
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