With officials from both Israel and the U.S. calling a nuclear-armed Iran a red line, leaving the possibility of a military option on the table, we must realize that the only possible solution to this dilemma is a regime change in Iran, which a majority of the Iranians support. The price we pay today to save world peace and security will be miniscule to what the world will pay in the not-so-distant future.” Reze Kahilli*, ‘The coming war with Iran’, The Washington Times, December 30, 2011
President George W Bush correctly identified Iran several years ago as part of the Axis of Evil against which the West must be prepared proactively to defend itself. Throughout the first three years of the Obama adminisistration, reflexive weakness towards Islam has allowed Iranian evil to fester and infect other Shiite Muslims across the Middle East. The danger is now more imminent as the Mad Mullahs reach out for nuclear weapons capable of wreaking havoc across the globe.
Of course a nuclear attack by Iran, on any nation, whether directly or through proxies, would attract immediate nuclear devastation for its entire population as the U.S. responded rightly and overwelmingly with the ultimate sanction. But that is a high price to pay for irresponsible appeasement now. Retaliation threats cannot be relied on when dealing with the clinically insane. So surgical removal of the Iranian regime is the only rational alternative.
About 40 per cent of the world’s oil, and the majority of all oil exports by eight countries in the Persian Gulf, pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway that could potentially be blocked by Iranian military intervention. The recent threat by the Mullahs to to close that waterway down is sufficient cause for the U.S., together with a coalition of the willing, to shut down the Iranian regime.
Air intervention should be the preferred mechanism, targeting Tehran and key military and nuclear installations with missiles designed to take down the country’s infrastructure and to destroy the Revolutionary Guards and all their accolites. The aim should be to disturb, destroy, and exit, leaving a potentially free Iranian people to rise up against the monsters who have enslaved them, but who would then be relatively disarmed.
No nation-building should be on the table. That is the responsibility of the Iranian people, and the Iranian people alone. No U.S. boots on the ground. Just lots and lots of U.S. missiles pouring down on the Mullahs from all directions until, like the Japanese in 1945, they beg for unconditional terms of surrender.
* Reza Kahilli is the pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who now teaches at the U.S Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy.