Norman Podhoretz Urges Israel to Strike Iran

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 11:16 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Conservative commentator Norman Podhoretz has urged Israel to make a pre-emptive strike against Iran.

In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, Podhoretz claims that the result of a nuclear war between the two nations would be "far worse than any imaginable consequences of an Israeli conventional strike today."

Podhoretz said that by attacking now Israel has the opportunity "to put at least a temporary halt, and conceivably even a permanent one, to the relentless Iranian quest for the bomb."

Last month the U.S and five other world powers agreed on a temporary six-month deal to lift a limited number of economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country cutting back on its nuclear program by stopping uranium enrichment.

However, Podhoretz said, "The Obama administration tells us that the interim agreement puts Iran on a track that will lead to the abandonment of its quest for a nuclear arsenal. But the Iranians are jubilant because they know that the only abandonment going on is of our own effort to keep them from getting the bomb."

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Ruled by fanatical Shiite mullahs, Iran has vowed to wipe its historical enemy Israel off the map while calling it a "cancer." Although Iran has repeatedly claimed that its enrichment facilities are not aimed at creating a nuclear weapon, Podhoretz maintains its leadership is "lying," and suggest that an Iran armed with atomic bombs is inevitable.

He said, "Adherents of the new consensus would have us believe that only two choices remain: a war to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons or containment of a nuclear Iran — with containment the only responsible option.

"I remain convinced that containment is impossible, from which it follows that the two choices before us are not war vs. containment but a conventional war now or a nuclear war later."

Podhoretz pointed out in his Wall Street Journal opinion piece that it is very unlikely that President Barack Obama "would ever take" military action against Iran even if they become a nuclear power.

He adds, "The only hope rests with Israel. If, then, Israel fails to strike now, Iran will get the bomb. And when it does, the Israelis will be forced to decide whether to wait for a nuclear attack and then to retaliate out of the rubble, or to pre-empt with a nuclear strike of their own.

"But the Iranians will be faced with the same dilemma. Under these unprecedentedly hair-trigger circumstances, it will take no time before one of them tries to beat the other to the punch."

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