Tehran Terror

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

The recent terror attacks at Tehran's Parliament building and the golden domed mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic raise several important points.

Murder by terrorists of innocent men, women, and children is deplorable and reprehensible no matter where it occurs. Secondly, no nation is immune from terror.

Thirdly, terrorists have been empowered and emboldened by both Iran and ISIS. The latest lowdown is that the terror in Tehran was caused by Iranian Kurds. It was not Saudi Arabia, or the United States, or Israel the way the Iranian leadership has begun to frame it. There is, however, a very important point that is being overlooked. The Tehran Terror shows the vulnerability of the Islamic Republic. It raises the possibility that regime change may not be so far fetched. Now forgotten by the media is how President Obama in one of his most serious blunders failed to take advantage of the very real opportunity for regime change in Iran in 2009.

As Eli Lake has said, "President Obama publicly downplayed the prospect of real change saying that the candidate whom hundreds of thousands of Iranians were risking their lives to support did not represent fundamental change." President Obama failed to act and instead decided to make a deal with the Ayatollahs which only empowered and strengthened them.

Regime change would be the best solution to the Iran problem and its nuclear ambitions. The other overlooked point that the Tehran Terror attacks raised is that Iran is indeed very vulnerable to a military strike either by Israel or the United States.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards are a "mickey mouse" army that are susceptible to easy defeat. President Trump and his cabinet have not ruled out a military strike against Iran's nuclear installations. Although no one wants to see terror anywhere in the world, the attacks in Tehran have made a military operation against Iran much more likely if regime change cannot be achieved quickly enough. This was an eye opening event and has changed the calculus regarding Iran immeasurably.