So much for friending Ahmadinejad.
President Obama sent U.S. forces into action in response to acts of war by Muammar Qaddafi against Libyans. Now we’ll see what he does in response to an act of war against Americans.
What he should do, what he must do, is take out Iran’s nuclear program, while we have a justification the world can understand.
The news today that a naturalized American citizen of Iranian descent has been arrested in a plot by Iran’s leaders to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States and blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington – acts which could have killed scores of Americans – is a very grave matter.
What Iran was engaged in, according to the international law that our president so adores, was an act of war against the United States. No matter that it was not carried out. It was in process – the people the Iranians thought were the killers were already being paid – and its failure, while life saving, is a legal and moral technicality.
Obama must respond in kind, or further sink the United States into the ignominy of disrespect that he as already created by his coddling of dictators like Ahmadinejad, his eagerness to hastily exit Iraq and Afganistan, his ignorance of the growing leftist cabal in Latin America, his failure to take strong action to correct the budget deficit, and his apologies to the world for his own country’s behavior.
I’m sure I’ve left something out.
Such disrespect is what leads to brazen acts like the one Iran’s leaders were carrying out against us.
Peace through strength, someone used to say.
The rest of the world secretly wants us to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, and now they have a reason to keep quiet once we do it. Iran clearly presents a military danger to the United States, and its possession of nuclear weapons is utterly intolerable.
We knew that, but now that Iran has taken an act of war against us, others will shut up while we take care of business.
And it is an act of war.
United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3314, written in 1974, defines “aggression” by one state against another. It states the following.
Any of the following acts, regardless of a declaration of war, shall, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of article 2, qualify as an act of aggression:
(a) The invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State, or any military occupation, however temporary, resulting from such invasion or attack, or any annexation by the use of force of the territory of another State or part thereof,
(b) Bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State or the use of any weapons by a State against the territory of another State;
(g) The sending by or on behalf of a State of armed bands, groups, irregulars or mercenaries, which carry out acts of armed force against another State of such gravity as to amount to the acts listed above, or its substantial involvement therein.
This is an attack against our territory. Sorry to inconvenience you, Mr. President, I know you are busy building solar panels and so forth. But we must respond.
We already have sanctions in place against Iran, and yet the Mullahs continue to spin their centrifuges and instigate terrorism around the world.
Iran already for years has been using its proxies to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were in a de facto state of war with us, and we’ve done nothing about it.
Bomb the reactors. And if a little command and control happens to get taken out too, so much the better.