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Iran's Grand Plan
As Israeli troops moved into southern Lebanon, they began coming to the
realization that the infrastructure of bunkers, launching sites, and
missiles that Hezbollah built up is even more elaborate and sophisticated
than Israel had expected. All of it was done through the financial support,
bidding and training from Iran. Israel is now estimating that Iran has spent
billions of dollars to create this network.
Why? The answer is clear and speaks to why Israel's chief of staff Dan
Halutz has described this battle as possibly Israel's most crucial since the
War of Independence. Iran is generating a three-pronged threat to Israel's
very existence. By developing a nuclear weapon, by arming Hezbollah to the
teeth, and by public statements of its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran
is trying to recreate the idea that Israel's existence as a Jewish state is
not a sure thing, that the notion that Israel is now a permanent entity, if
not a beloved one, which had taken hold in the Middle East in recent years,
is not true.
Israel, the United States, and indeed the entire civilized world must
understand the nature of this threat now and must not equivocate in
combating all three dimensions of this sinister Iranian strategy.
Undoubtedly, the huge infrastructure that Iran has built up with Hezbollah
in south Lebanon would have been expanded in the coming years in parallel
with Iran's nuclear development so that the time would arrive when Iran
could threaten Israel from Teheran with a nuclear bomb and from Lebanon with
Indeed, it wasn't the extremist Ahmadinejad who expressed Iranian intentions
most clearly but the more "moderate" Iranian leader Rafsanjani who several
years ago chillingly said with regard to the nuclear issue that Israel is a
tiny country and one nuclear bomb would devastate the country while Iran was
a large country that could sustain ten such bombs.
This is what Israel's war against Hezbollah is about. It is to begin to
reverse Iran's implementation of its plan for Israel's destruction. Of
course, it is not Israel's problem alone because Iran's aspirations threaten
the Gulf states, ensure nuclear proliferation throughout the region, and
menace the west through terrorism and the spread of Islamic extremism.
The west should be fully supporting Israel, as has the United States, in
this struggle for its own interests. At the very least, the world must
understand that Israel will defend itself and do everything in its power to
destroy Hezbollah and combat the Iranian threat. It has no choice.
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