WELL, THANK YOU FOR TELLING US – AT 9:53 A.M. ET: A startling commentary written in Iran and distributed by official agencies now openly says that the Islamic world must have nuclear weapons. That means Iran must have them. From the Daily Caller:
Iran is now telling the world that in order to confront aggression from America and Israel, it must have nuclear weapons.
Official Iranian media outlets published a commentary Sunday titled “The necessity for the Islamic world to have the atomic bomb,” laying the groundwork for Iran’s refusal to accept limits on its illicit nuclear program.
The essay’s author, Alireza Forghani, is the former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province and an analyst and a strategy specialist in the camp of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“The fatwa from Imam Khomeini [the founder of Iran's Islamic revolution] said ‘all Islamic countries have Islamic blood,’” Forghani wrote. “Therefore the Islamic world should rise up and shout that a nuclear bomb is our right, and disrupt the dreams of America and Israel.”
“Having a nuclear bomb is our right,” he argued. “Israel would have been destroyed completely 30 years ago” but has survived because it has nuclear weapons.
In February, Forghani laid out the legal case for the annihilation of Israel and all Jewish people. That treatise, which ran in all the Iranian regime’s media outlets, openly called for a pre-emptive strike on Israel.
Among the state-run media carrying Forghani’s new piece — which argues that Iran should have an atomic bomb – is the major outlet Fars News Agency, which is run by the Revolutionary Guards and thus represents the views of the Islamic regime.
COMMENT: I don't see how anyone can doubt that Iran is developing a nuclear bomb, and it will not stop that development. It is a menace to the world. The nuclear talks with Iran are going nowhere, and yet we feel no sense of urgency coming from Washington. Obama seems determined to let the talks drag on, although each day brings Iran closer to its nuclear goal.
At least an Iranian official has now said it openly. Will it have any effect at all?
June 11, 2012