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BLOG 241 February 23, 2015

Why is it that when every American election season rolls around, the political parties send in the clowns and crazies? We get a pizza executive with a 6-6-6 plan or Donald Trump with secret information that turns out to be nonsense. The media is so frantic for a wild story they will print anything. Beat the drum! Here come the buffoons!

Yes, of course President Obama is a Christian. I personally heard him declare his personal faith in his “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” at a Presidential Prayer breakfast. The roots of his activism were born in a Roman Catholic parish in Chicago. When Obama first came to Chicago, he officed in Holy Rosary Church than is now called New Day Ministries.  Yes, of course Obama loves America. You can hate his policies without talking foolishly about his personal ideology.

In contrast, what America needs today is leadership that understands how vulnerable the current Obama position on Iran is making this country. The January 18, Israeli strike on a convoy driving on Syria’s side of the Golan Heights killed Hezbollah’s head of operations in Syria, a commander of Hezbollah forces along the Syrian-Israeli border, and it is reported Iran lost three generals. The fact that these leaders were exposing themselves to such high risks indicates the degree of support that Iran is placing behind a possible attack on Israel.

Whether Democrat or Republican, Washington never seems to access the thinking of its enemies. It did not do so in Viet Nam and is again failing to pay attention to this factor in the Middle East conflicts. Fumbling to say the West is not in a religious war, they fail to say out loud that from Hezbollah to Hamas to Iran, the other side considers themselves in exactly this variety of conflict. Of all forms of warfare, the religious war is the most irrational, spontaneous, and dangerous. While they have never crossed swords with Israel, Iran hates them with a passion. The exposure of their officials to death on the Golan Heights reveals the extend of the threat that Iran remains in the Middle East.

And why is this a problem for America? The delay and leniency of pushing Iran into cancelling their nuclear arms program only gives them more time to build The Bomb. Whether you like or hate Prime Minister Netanyahu, he is coming to Washington to address the Congress because Israel would be destroyed if American is wrong at the bargaining table.

No country in the world understands the possibility of annihilation as does Israel. It appears Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barrack Obama still don’t get it.

When America backs down or away, the vacuum is filled by bad guys. Obama retreated from his red line in Syria and Putin seized Crimea. This is an old story that once featured Neville Chamberlain acquiescing the Sudetenland to Hitler. If the Obama administration doesn’t get tough with Iran at the coming bargaining table, the world may pay a horrendous price.

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Today and on Tuesday, American diplomats will meet with the Iranian delegation hoping to advance the stalled nuclear talks. In previous negotiations, the question of what capacity Iran would be allowed to enrich uranium halted forward progress. The time has come to get off high center and make more progress.

Talks last November let to a temporary freeze on much of Iran’s nuclear endeavors.  The world was enthusiastic and relieved at what appeared to be a retreat from possible war. The West temporarily lifted sanctions and the new President Hassan Rouhani looked like a hero to all but Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Now the tensions are beginning to rise again. While American is holding out a “carrot on a stick,” recent statements of Secretary of State John Kerry seem to indicate the United States has not backed away from the possibility of re-instituting  sanctions if Iran refuses to go forward.

In an unclear and undefined situation, Iran will talk with Americans in Geneva and then go to Rome for talks with Russians. Obviously, the Iranians are trying to work both sides of the fence.

At this point, America appears willing to allow Iran to have the ability to enrich uranium if they will limit programs that could be used to develop nuclear weapons. Not convinced of how this alterative will work out, the Israelis maintain a right to make a pre-emptive strike if Iran doesn’t back away.

Behind the scenes, Iran has its own set of struggles that have a direct bearing on what they may be willing to do. They are facing a severe population decrease that could be devastating to their country. The June 8 edition of The New York Times ran a front page story detailing how young couples are backing away from having children because of the deteriorating economic conditions and their fear of where the government may be going. Speaking anonymously, a young couple openly confessed their doubts about the turmoil within the country. The wife admitted to having two abortions (illegal in Iran) to avoid children.

Seventy percent of the 77 million population are under the age of 35. The reproductive aged citizens simply don’t trust the future under the current regime. When asked why, they offer clear cut concerns: an intrusive government, conservative ideology, a poor economy, and finally political instability. Enough said?

During his term as president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad only fanned the flames. The far right applauded him; the group under age 35 looked for ways to get out of the country.

Young couples struggle to find housing and that situation is not improving. If Iran doesn’t come to a solution and the West once again clamps down on their economy, the ayatollah’s may find that the radical reaction of the young could topple their leadership.

The Iranians are highly aware of their dilemma. Let’s see what they do.

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