• How To Halt Escalation Of The Israeli-Iran War

    April 17, 2024
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    An Associated Press (AP) story printed below the fold in the Hartford Courant on Monday, April 15, 2024 titled “U.S. Tries to halt escalation over Iran” bears close scrutiny. The story is subtitled:  “Biden pushes Israel to show restraint, not answer attack.”

    What is the difference between “not answering an attack” and abject surrender? Unlike persons, countries do not have left cheeks they may turn to their enemies when they are struck on the right cheek.

    The attacks on the state of Israel by Iran and its terrorist mafia – Hamas, in addition to being the government of Gaza, Iran’s most repellant terrorist organization, Hezbollah, located in Lebanon, and the Houthis of Yemen – have a long pre-history. These groups are agents of Iran, financed and supported militarily by a state that considers Israel “the Great Satan” and the United States Satan’s brother in arms.

    It is Iran that is responsible for “widening the war” in the Middle East, not Israel. Iran, under its Sunni Islamic revolutionary regime, has been widening the war against Israel for decades.

    War in the Middle East now touches the following states: Israel, Iran, Russia, China, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, among others, and the United States.

    During the administrations of both former President Barack Obama and current President Joe Biden, Iran was considered a tolerable nuisance that might be turned from its violent purposes by military experts in Washington DC and obliging presidents throbbing with moral unction who were willing to abide Iran’s obvious hostilities towards Israel until DC negotiators persuaded the government of Iran, by means of sweet reason and hefty bribes, to give up the production of nuclear weapons and make peace with Israel, a nation the ayatollahs of Iran wish to “push into the sea.”

    Professors in Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale, put on oath, very likely could explain to pro-Palestinian protesting students precisely what the expression “push into the sea” means. It means, both inside Iran and throughout the wider world, that the state of Israel must be destroyed root and branch.

    After the most recent Hamas attack on Israeli citizens on October 7, 2023, Israel declared war on Hamas and associated terrorist groups that could not survive were they not supported by Iran, suddenly enriched when the Biden administration revoked US measures to deny Iran profits through the sale of detested oil products.

    This attitudinal revision of a largely successful US policy initiative during the pro-Israeli administration of then President Donald Trump was in large part a reversion to the foreign policy initiatives of the Obama administration that had sent planeloads of cash delivered under cover of darkness to Iran without the knowledge of the U.S. Congress.

    For some reason yet in dispute, Obama held in high esteem the ayatollah infested Iranian regime that in 1979 had stormed the American embassy in Tehran and held 80 Americans captive for 444 days during President Jimmy Carter Democrat administration. The American hostages were set free on January 21, 1981, just hours after Republican President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address, a rebuke to the Carter administration that had steadfastly refused to deliver the deposed Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, to his executioners in Tehran. The Shah died of cancer in Egypt in 1980.

    Trump has big feet, and the Biden administration has continually tripped over them in its zeal to turn back the clock prior to November 19, 2016, the date of Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States.

    The war in the Middle East between Iran, its terrorist mafia and Israel, was already a war widened by Iran long before Hamas terrorists swooped down upon Israeli citizens and began butchering them. Accused of widening the war, Israel has pointed to the unremitting efforts of Iran and its client terrorists to push Israel into the sea.

    At the beginning of the Israeli assault on its permanent enemies, the Biden administration vowed to back Israel, which had declared war on its enemies. Thus far, Israel, like Ukraine, has conducted a purely defensive war. But throughout history, those who win the war make the peace, and wars are won through offensive means.

    The Biden administration is now in its temporizing mode. Democrat U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has called upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign office before his war aims – the destruction of Hamas, both a governing authority in Gaza and a terrorist organization tied to the apron strings of Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – have been fully accomplished.


    Biden wants a return to the years of the Obama administration, when the US government could claim without blushing it was pursuing a “two state” solution to the Middle East quagmire. But revoking preceding policy measures is never tantamount to repealing history, always a hard taskmaster, and a two state solution in Gaza is, shall we say, problematic.

    Some people are beginning to understand that calls for a “two state solution” in Gaza are, to turn a phrase of Reagan’s, not the solution to the Gaza problem. The proposed solution is itself a problem that now has given birth to an existential war between Israel and its enemies.

    A hopeful sign emerged recently that important Arab states helped Israel to ward off a potentially deadly attack. Business Insider reports “Israel found help from unlikely sources against an Iranian missile attack… Jordan shot down an Iranian missile, and other Arab states may've provided intel.”

    Israel is determined to win the war so that it may shape an ensuing peace. The Biden administration is determined to win the upcoming 2024 presidential election. The two ambitions are entirely different. Having sworn early on in the Israeli-Iran conflict his undying support for Israel, ABC is now reporting, “As Israel on Monday weighed its response to Iran's stunning attacks this weekend, the U.S. is privately telling officials there: If Israel strikes back militarily, it will do so alone.”

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    Don Pesci

    Don Pesci is a political columnist of long standing, about 40 years, who has written for various state newspapers, among them The Journal Inquirer, the Waterbury Republican American, the New London Day, the Litchfield County Times, the Torrington Register Citizen and other Register Citizen papers. He maintains a blog, among the oldest of its kind in Connecticut, which serves as a repository and archive, for his columns; there are approximately 3,000 entrees in Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes From A Blue State, virtually all of them political columns stretching back to 2004. He also appears once a week Wednesdays on 1080 WTIC Newstalk radio with Will Marotti.

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    sir peasant

    Sometimes propaganda is subtle, using some truth as a cover for the lies it is smuggling into your brain.

    Other times propaganda mugs you with lies from start to finish. Don Pesci just took us on a tour of other times.

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