You can’t say we weren’t warned.
This was in the Jerusalem Post yesterday:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s strategist provided the legal and religious justification for the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people, in a document published on conservative Farsi website Alef. Reports of the document began to circulate the internet this week.
The document, written by strategy specialist Alireza Forghani, outlined the reasons why, “In the name of Allah, Iran must attack Israel by 2014.”
Hitler made similar comments prior to World War II. Here’s what he said in 1939:
If international Jewish financiers inside and outside Europe again succeed in plunging the nations into a world war, the result will not be the Bolshevization of the earth and with it the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.
And here he is saying it:
History may be repeating itself, but perhaps the WWII analogy is wrong.
Maybe the Iranian-Israeli stand-off is better framed as akin to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, with Bibi Netanyahu, not as Winston Churchill fighting Hitler, but as General Curtis LeMay being a hot-head. (For those who don’t know, LeMay was one of President Kennedy’s generals at the time of the Cuban missile crisis. He was the lead person clamoring for a massive air strike on Cuba.)
It’s possible, I suppose, that the Iranians are just pushing antisemitic rhetorical buttons as a way of posturing (while still being, in behind-the-scenes diplomatic channels, rational actors).
Personally, I doubt this. I think the Iranians are dead serious. Their religion embraces martyrdom. I wouldn’t want to be Bibi Netanyahu or Barack Obama, trying to figure out how to respond.
2012 is shaping up to be a very, very nervy year. WWII or Cuban missile crisis 2.0?