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Friday, October 14, 2011

Lost in the shuffle

I find it curious that Israel Radio has been continuously reporting on the Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States without even mentioning the second part of the story: the plan to bomb the Israeli (and Saudi) embassy. Perhaps they don't want us to realize that the Iranians have us in their crosshairs.

Here's Michael Ledeen:
Most of the important lessons to be learned from this event have not been mentioned so far. Here are a few of them:


Third, despite a welter of doubletalk from the administration, it is ridiculous to speculate that such an operation could be carried out without the explicit approval of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, to whom the commanders of the Quds Force report. Indeed, as my brilliant colleague Tom Joscelyn has reported, the top man in Quds, General Suleimani, sits atop the chain of command for this operation, and he is an intimate of Khamenei.

So, to answer the often-asked question (how could the leaders of the Iranian regime have approved such a provocative action in this country?): they do not fear us, they do not believe that Obama is capable of doing anything that would threaten their grip on power, and they viewed the operation as both a provocation and a humiliation of him and his administration. So far, the pathetic lack of anything approaching a serious response – not even a hint of support for regime change in Tehran — combined with empty ritualistic incantations a la “nothing is off the table” suggest that their assessment is correct.
And presumably the Iranians believe the same thing about Israel and the Saudis. Time to show them otherwise? Are you kidding? Two days after Netanyahu agrees to trade 1,027 terrorists for one kidnapped IDF soldier.... If that didn't convince the world that we're wimps nothing will. The only way to redeem Israel's name would be to wipe out Hamas' leadership the day after Shalit is returned. What do you think the odds are on that happening?

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At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way to redeem Israel's name would be to wipe out Hamas' leadership the day after Shalit is returned. ---- That would be awesome!

At 12:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I respectfully disagree with you about the reason Saudi and Israeli embassies were targeted at the same time. Saudi Arabia and Israel are Iran's two great enemies in the ME. If they are hit at the same time and then retaliate, Iran can use this as a way to imply Israel and Saudi cooperation. Create a wedge in the Arab world towards the Saudi regime and then possibly seek a way to undermine the Saudis at home. Remember the gulf oil states are mostly Shiite run by Sunnis.And the area in Saudi where the oil wells are are heavily Shiite. If Iran can undermine the hold on power that the Saudis have by implying they are in league with the dreaded Zionists then with the Saudis gone, Iran will have complete hegemony over the Gulf oil states and the most important sea lanes. It is assumed that a pro-Shiite country will throw the US out of the Gulf as well and Iran will control everything through either enmity or fear.

In the meantime if they get to kill Jews its just a bonus for them. This event had nothing to do with Israel per se.

Also it can be one reason why the Israel angle happens to be overlooked (besides the fact that the MSM doesn't care if Israelis are murdered.) The Obama admn may be looking to lessen the Israel angle. Today they released the transcript of Obama's talk with the Saudi King. They are trying desperately to show there is no connection to what Obama will do (which will amount to nothing), what the Saudis will do and anything Israel will do in response. It was a good play by Iran whether they succeeded in blowing up the embassies or not, they have "mated" everyone while noone was looking.

At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

....hmmmm...or the Iranians could just be batshit crazy, irrational nutters with a tootsty-fruitsy worldview resisting comprehension outside the charmed circle.

But Israel does not feel threatened by Iran existentially at the top echelons, nor by Hamas, nor by the aging Fatah wing of the defunct Soviet Comintern, nor by the younger Tanziim cohorts nursing memories of the glory days of Jeningrad and the Al Asqa Intifada--the leadership collectively prizes stability in evacuated zones of responsibility and have no wish to go back in to the near Levant they've retreated from: not Lebanon, not Gaza, not Arab enclaves of Yesha. Asking Congress to keep the money flowing to post-UDI PA is not just succumbing to Obama blackmail--it is part of the conceptzia.:



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