Thinking Big Picture

A very revealing interview can be read over at MEMRI. We must start taking note of the situation over in Iran. With the rhetoric notched up as high as it is, it is only a matter of time before something will have to be done. While it is crucial that we stay the course in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran is becoming more of a threat each and every day. Currently, I see no way for President Bush to have any chance of swaying the public that attention needs to be addressed with Iran. However, that does not mean that the threat is not there.

Highlight from the interview:

Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei said that the U.S. is contemptuous of Islam and the sensitivities of the Muslims "because the Americans are convinced that they will easily win the war in Iraq. But they will not see that day. As the Imam [Khomeini] said, 'One day the U.S. too will be history.' In light of what happened in Iraq, we can see now that he is right, because such events move the U.S. down the slope, and they will taste the bitterness of sure defeat."

Khamenei condemned the "desecration being carried out by the Americans in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in Iraq," and said, "the Muslims will not continue to remain silent in the face of such aggression."

Iranian President Muhammad Khatamisaid, "We condemn all forms of violence, but we must understand that the roots of all terrorist activity lie in the violence of the superpowers… It is regrettable that they accuse the [Islamic] religion, civilization, and culture of violence and narrow-mindedness. Nevertheless, I do not deny that there are radicals among the Muslims, or other people in other societies, who act only by violent means. But it must be understood that the spirit of Islam does not preach violence."

As I have written before, at least President Bush thinks in terms of the big picture. With our troops being spread quite thin at the moment, we will have difficult choices ahead. We should take any step needed to get the Iraq situation under complete control, even if that means upsetting a few people. Without doing so, it will be impossible for us to fend off attacks coming from outside the two theaters of war we already operate in. Our enemies know this, and that is what should concern us all.

Posted by Timothy Perry at June 9, 2004 10:04 AM