Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled to the world his latest “peaceful” weapon, a stealth fighter jet. Experts have expressed doubts about this and have used the pictures Iran published of this stealth fighter to debunk the claim. It is hard to believe any of Ahmadinejad’s claims.
Wanting desperately to be seen as a strong leader of a legitimate nation, Ahmadinejad continually tries to present Iran as the technological equal of Western countries. Only fools buy the act but, unfortunately, fools are not scarce in the world.
Ahmadinejad often comes across as a clown, but he is a dangerous clown. His ongoing nuclear program is a danger to the world and his “peaceful” act does little to hide his violent intentions. He has publicly declared Israel to be “a cancerous tumor” that must be “finished off” and his aggressiveness toward the US is palpable.
Although there are doubts about Iran launching a monkey into space and recovering it alive, Ahmadinejad proudly announced such an achievement and stated that he wants to be the first Iranian astronaut. Whether or not his boast is true, any rocket technology in his hands is another step toward a deliverable nuclear weapon. That is his goal and he is gaining on it.
The administration’s unsuccessful policy of trying to talk Ahmadinejad out of his nuclear program has only provided him with time to continue it with impunity. His claim for “peaceful” nuclear power is an obvious ruse, but it has allowed continuing denial in those unwilling to take a hard line.
Ahmadinejad roars like a cartoon Mighty Mouse with Baghdad-Bob-like statements, but he must be treated as a serious danger. The current administration has shown reluctance to take a harder stance. This could result in Israel de-fusing Iran on its own, causing the entire Middle East to explode. The clock is ticking.
David J. Hentosh
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