Caroline Glick and Michael Ledeen on a Golden Opportunity Regarding Iran - The Objective Standard

A huge explosion recently rocked an area thirty kilometers southeast of Tehran, near Iran’s Parchin military base, “where Israel and the International Atomic Energy Agency suspect the Islamic Republic is attempting to develop a nuclear explosive device,” reports the Jerusalem Post.

Although the cause of the explosion remains a mystery, Israel’s Mossad naturally comes to mind as a possibility. But as Caroline Glick writes:

If the Parchin bombing was carried out by Israel, it must be seen as but another strike in Israel’s purported—and if it exists, meandering—campaign to destroy Iran’s capacity to develop nuclear weapons. At the desultory rate Israel’s assumed campaign is progressing, we can have little confidence that through bombing alone, Israel will be able to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons in the near future.

One of the main reasons that Israel’s purported strikes in Iran have been so lethargic is because the US opposes them. As we have seen in recent years, the Obama administration has been a sieve of information to the media about Israel’s alleged covert strikes in Iran. To successfully neutralize Iran’s nuclear facilities through acts of sabotage, Israel needs to hide its effort from the US as well as Iran. [Let that appalling truth soak in for a moment. —CB]

In light of these constraints, Israel should consider expanding the goal of its policy towards Iran from merely debilitating Iran’s nuclear project to ending it entirely by overthrowing the regime.

How so? If Israel is unwilling to debilitate Iran’s nuclear facilities, how might it be willing to eliminate the Iranian regime?

The answer is, by taking advantage of a second golden opportunity to help freedom-seeking Iranians overthrow the rights-violating regime. . . .

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