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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct 20, 2011 / 22 Tishrei, 5772

The most critical threat confronting America

By Clifford D. May








http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 1979, journalists and diplomats reported from Iran on a revolution against the Shah. They were mistaken. The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his followers were thinking bigger. Their goal was a global revolution - a revolution against the United States and other "oppressor" powers.

The Ayatollah famously called America the Great Satan. This, too, was misunderstood. His intention was less to insult than to describe: He knew that freedom, the rule of (man-made) law, peace, and equal rights for both the servants and enemies of Allah are seductive ideas that could subvert the truths and laws revealed by the Prophet as interpreted by him. Promoting such ideas is what makes America Satanic.

With this in mind, Khomeini moved quickly to establish a militia, the Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, also known as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps or IRGC. It was designed to be the clerical regime's "sword and shield against domestic opposition forces," writes Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (the policy institute I head) in his timely new book, "The Pasdaran: Inside Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps."

Owing allegiance only to Khomeini -- who assumed the title of Supreme Leader, "God's shadow on earth" - the IRGC grew into "a vital instrument of Iranian foreign policy," promoting Islamic Revolution beyond Iran's borders. The Qods Forces, its "special branch dedicated to operations abroad," became the point of the spear - organizing the assassination of the regime's enemies, financing, training and sponsoring terrorist groups including Hezbollah, its Lebanon-based proxy, Shia militias in Iraq, and Hamas in Gaza; providing assistance to both the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The Guards and their subsidiaries, Ottolenghi notes, are "directly involved in all phases of the oil supply chain." They run legitimate businesses and front companies that enable the regime "to gain access to foreign technology that Iran cannot yet produce indigenously." They are involved in international drug trafficking, particularly out of Afghanistan, and they collaborate with organized crime, not least in Latin America.

Increasingly, former IRGC commanders have moved into powerful political positions within Iran. Most ominously, this military/industrial/terrorist/criminal/political complex now supervises Iran's nuclear weapons development and ballistic missile programs.

Last week, the Revolutionary Guards were implicated in a terrorist plot targeting the Saudi ambassador and anyone else who happened to be in or near a posh Washington D.C. restaurant that was to be bombed while he was dining. Among the key characters involved: Mansoor Arbabsiyar, an Iran-born American citizen, his cousin, senior Qods commander Abdul Reza Shalai, his deputy, Col. Gholam Shakuri, and a Mexican drug trafficker who, it turned out, was working undercover for U.S. authorities.

Had the plan succeeded, it would have appeared to be the work of a Mexican drug cartel -- though Iran's rulers, their friends and some of their enemies, would have known better. Instead, the operation failed and, as Iran's terrorist masters undoubtedly expected, many experts have been quick to voice skepticism about whether the Quds Forces could be behind such "recklessness," and to suggest that perhaps this was a "rogue operation" lacking approval from Khomeini's successor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ottolenghi considers that nonsense, emphasizing that the Guards "respond to the leader's orders, and do not take such daring initiatives to undermine him."

Those who say this operation was clumsy also are wrong but even if they were right it should be no cause for complacency. Recall that in 1993, one of the terrorists involved in the first bombing of the World Trade Center, which failed to collapse the North Tower onto the South Tower because the explosives-filled van was parked in the wrong place, returned to the van rental company to retrieve his deposit and was promptly arrested. However, those responsible for the bombing were not brought to justice, and, eight years later, Osama bin Laden was able to field a more skillful team to complete the mission. In other words: Al-Qaeda learned from its mistakes. Tragically, we did not.

What do we need to learn from the latest terrorist plot? That Iran's rulers are not open to engagement no matter what mix of carrots and sticks are offered; that Iran's rulers view peaceful co-existence with the Great Satan as ideologically/theologically unacceptable; that Iran's rulers, despite the erroneous reports written from Iran 32 years ago and many misguided analyses since, continue to have grand and global ambitions -- not just grievances and fears.

It's time, also, to acknowledge that the fiction that America's enemy is "violent extremism" is leading us astray - as it did last week when President Obama announced he was sending troops to central Africa to counter the Lord's Resistance Army, a weird, brutal, cultish guerrilla force. Obama said he was taking this step not for humanitarian reasons - that would be understandable and perhaps even justifiable -- but in the interest of America's national security. Can he really believe that? Is he not listening to his advisors or are they biting their tongues?

The hard fact is that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and the Supreme Leader they serve represent the most critical threat confronting America and the West. Terrorism is one of their weapons. Nuclear devices will be another- unless effective measures, finally and belatedly, are taken to prevent the Islamic Revolution from advancing.


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Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor (at The New York Times and other publications), he has covered stories in more than two dozen countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland and Russia. He is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio news programs, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues.



Previously:


10/13/11: We've Been Warned
10/06/11: Anwar Al-Awlaki's American Journey
09/22/11: Cheney Got It Right on Syrian Nukes
09/15/11: The European Caliphate
09/08/11: Disoriented: The state of too many Western leaders ten years after 9/11/01
09/01/11: Palestinian Leaders to Seek the UN's Blessing . . . for a two-state solution. For a two-stage execution
08/25/11: Better understanding of Islamist experience needed
08/18/11: The Arab Spring and Europe's fall
08/11/11: Borrowing from Communists to pay Jihadis?
07/28/11: Who's to Blame for Terrorism?
07/28/11: Do Somali pirates have legitimate gripe?
07/21/11: Why Bashar al-Assad matters to the West--- and what the Obama administration still doesn't grasp
07/07/11: MAD in the 21st Century





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