Iran’s intentions are clear all right but they are not simply to acquire nuclear weapons as Mr. Sherman asserts.
It’s initial intention is to use those weapons to attack Israel and remove it from the face of the earth.
After Israel is obliterated Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons will enable it to establish it’s hegemony in the Middle East and beyond, which it no doubt will attempt to do. Anyone who thinks Iran will stop with Israel is sadly mistaken. Israel may be the Little Satan but the Great Satan is the United States and a nuclear armed Iran will severely compromise American security, to put it extremely mildly.
The Israelis are well aware of this and will launch a preemptive strike in due course because they know full well that nothing else will prevent Iran from acquiring and using nuclear weapons, not sanctions, threats, isolation, diplomacy, peace between them and the Palestinians, nothing. They will attack and destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities in the name of self preservation and national survival, but they will also be doing everyone else a tremendous favor as well. The Arab world recognizes and understands this and will applaud them for doing so, privately if not publicly. Conversely, it will excoriate the United States for not doing so. Weakness is not a trait that is admired in the Middle East and the U.S. will be seen as very weak indeed.
Hopefully the United States will also applaud them, although with President Obama at the helm I wouldn’t count on it. He’ll probably just try and take credit for the operation.
Even more hopefully Israel and the Arab world will be able to convince the U.S. to take military action against the Iranians because they will be able to make it see that destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities is the only way to keep a nuclear armed Iran from becoming a reality and that America will greatly benefit from launching an attack on it’s own.
With President Obama at the helm I wouldn’t count on that either.
Thanks in advance Israel.