It was a hard sell of a conversation. You might have had something similar happen to you.
When the other fellow got told that the problem with the Kerry-Obama Iran deal was that the real loser was the United States and not Israel, it looked like he was going to have a good old-fashioned fit. How could it be? Isn’t this about Israel?
Hard to explain sometimes things aren’t as they appear. Israel is at risk certainly from nuclear Iran. But the short distance from Tehran to Tel Aviv likely requires no sophisticated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for delivery of a promised destruction.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia or Istanbul, Turkey are close enough for the radical clergy ruling Iran to achieve their goals with less powerful delivery systems. ICBMs are meant for something else. They are meant for Europe, for New York, for Washington. Those are the rockets the Iranians really want.
Lost in the recent debate over this “best deal” brought home by a symbolically limping Kerry to a quite happy Obama is the discussion of the danger to this most extraordinary nation.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew the English would have to repel the Nazis in 1940 in an air war we today call the Battle of Britain or the Atlantic Ocean might become a much smaller and more easily traversed route to war on our shores by an enemy, who as Iran does, believed in total destruction.
Both the religious radicals and the Nazis use the same kinds of language. They call for the destruction of their enemies.
They are certainly not believers in diversity, pluralism or freedom of religion.
Ask the Bahai and those of other religions or other thoughts who have lived in fear since the 1979 revolution.
The thousands whose last moments on this earth prepared them to swing from hangmen’s nooses or those whose murders were not only approved but applauded by the Iranian government, are factual examples of theocracy gone governmentally mad.
Secretary of State John Kerry was reported to have said that those who oppose the deal he worked so hard to achieve must go unheard.
They are, he seemed to indicate, no more than the usual gaggle of antis who have found a new cause.
Actually he is quite wrong. Those opposed are fighting for an old cause, and that is the protection of this extraordinary nation.
It is an old idea paid for in blood and sweat with a down payment of hope and dreams. The anxiety and the anger expressed as the Iran treaty moves to meet its fate in Congress is not about the Middle East.
It is about the Midwest, the South, the East and the West of a nation over which stars and stripes fly. It is prompted by fear for our children and grandchildren, fear that only a world out of control can cause.
No, Israel is not what this is all about. We, the people of the United States of America are at risk.
The day will come when the Iranians will have those missiles, and they will not ask John Kerry’s permission to lock and load. They will do as they wish.
FDR knew that murderers know their craft well. It is what they do best and what they have trained themselves to do. This is a treaty to solve a religious problem: They think we are immoral, degenerate, and weak. Just as they always have. Just like the Nazis did.
Maybe the clergymen running the Islamic State of Iran will as soon as they are militarily able strike the nation they call the Little Satan, Israel.
But like all big game hunters, like the Nazis after they conquered Poland, the Iranians powered by the belief in the righteousness of their religious convictions will seek to win the war they have created.
To do that, the Big Satan, the United States, must go.
War is not being suggested. But a deal that allows scientists led by a supreme religious leader who calls for death to America to hone their skills so that they will be able to settle old scores, is not a new idea.
The last time it happened we at least had leaders who did not fool themselves. FDR knew the world could be filled with killers. Strange that Kerry and Obama cannot see what he saw.
Hank Sheinkopf is an early creator of integrated strategic campaigns using all forms of media and has won national and international awards for his radio and TV productions. He is a veteran of more than 700 political, public policy, and public relations campaigns around the world. Read more reports from Hank Sheinkopf — Click Here Now.
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