Op-Ed: A Study in Betrayal
Mladen AndrijasevicMladen Andrijasevic is a software developer based in Be'er Sheva, Israel.
What do Alan Dershowitz and Colin Powell have in common? Apparently, neither of them know much about the Mahdi , the hidden Twelfth Imam whose return will be triggered, the mullahs are convinced, by the destruction of the Jews through a nuclear war. This is the very reason why Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not like Stalin, Khruschev, Brezhnev or Mao; he harbors a cataclysmic fantasy. It is the same reason why Iran will very likely become a nuclear suicide bomber once it gets The Bomb. And let's be clear, it is not only Ahmadinejad.
Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said on December 14, 2001: "If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in its possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate, because application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel, but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world."
In a recent article, Amil Imani wrote that Ahmadinejad "believes that this earthly life is passing and worthless in comparison to the afterlife awaiting a devoted and faithful believer. Hence, he holds to the old belief that if a faithful [Muslim] kills an infidel, he goes to Allah's paradise; and, if the faithful gets killed in the process of serving the faith, again he goes to Allah's paradise. Hence, it is a win-win proposition for the faithful."
Alan Dershowitz says that Barack Obama is a strong supporter of Israel, despite the fact that Mr. Dershowitz strongly denounces former President Jimmy Carter on his Israel policies while Zbigniew Brzezinski, who is Obama's advisor, defends Carter and his policies on Israel. Since Dershowitz himself has been a strong supporter of Israel, how can he say the same of someone who takes an advisor whose policies on Israel Dershowitz completely disagrees with?
Does this mean, by implication, that Dershowitz's revulsion over the Republicans takes precedence over his concern for the safety and security of Israel - and of America?
Colin Powell says that Obama is a "transformational" figure who would "electrify our country... [and] the world."
Does he mean by permitting Ahmadinejad to start a nuclear war with Israel? For that is bound to happen if Obama comes to power and Israel does not destroy the Iranian nuclear sites in time.
John McCain understands that talking to Iran now is pointless, just like talking to Hitler at Munich was. Obama does not get it. So why did Colin Powell throw his support behind a person he knows has much less of the experience needed to handle Iran than McCain has? Race first.
Personally, I am disappointed with both men. To be ignorant of the real fundamentalist Iranian threat is not an option in the world theater. Yet, these men of extraordinary insight and experience choose ignorance of the Iranian threat to obfuscate their own better judgment, in a matter that has life or death consequences. Ignoring the religious rhetoric and absolute beliefs of Islam exposes the true priorities of Powell and Dershowitz; ideology and race trump the well-being of their country and countrymen.