For the past two weeks, since the political protests in Eqypt began, Americans have been arguing about how to handle Egypt. The way to handle Egypt is to handle Iran.
During the rioting in Iran in June 2009, I wrote the post Now is the Time to Strike Iran. Of course, any time is a good time to strike Iran. Note these excerpts from the U.S. State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2009, Chapter 3: State Sponsors of Terrorism:
Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s financial, material, and logistic support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia had a direct impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf and undermined the growth of democracy. …
Iran provided weapons, training, and funding to HAMAS and other Palestinian terrorist groups, including Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC). Iran has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in support to Lebanese Hizballah and has trained thousands of Hizballah fighters at camps in Iran. …
Iran’s Qods Force provided training to the Taliban in Afghanistan on small unit tactics, small arms, explosives, and indirect fire weapons. …
Iranian authorities continued to provide lethal support, including weapons, training, funding, and guidance, to Iraqi Shia militant groups that targeted U.S. and Iraqi forces. The Qods Force continued to supply Iraqi militants with Iranian-produced advanced rockets, sniper rifles, automatic weapons, and mortars that have killed Iraqi and Coalition Forces, as well as civilians. …
Iran’s government is an oppressive regime that seeks to establish a worldwide caliphate, governed by Islamic (Sharia) law, destroying the U.S. (which it calls “the Great Satan”), Israel (which it calls ‘Little Satan’), and the rest of Western civilization in the process. The regime has tremendous wealth from oil assets it confiscated from Western companies. The regime is seeking nuclear weapons, and certainly will use such weapons at the earliest opportunity.
The longer we delay military action, as we have delayed for decades, the more time there is for Iran and its terror networks to strengthen and to murder more Americans, Israelis, and innocent people everywhere. But the current protests in Egypt provide a particularly good time for the U.S. to declare war and launch an overwhelming military assault on Iran.
Such an assault might include destruction of government centers in Qom and Tehran (possibly with the use of nuclear weapons in order to avoid U.S. casualties), confiscation or incapacitation of all Iranian energy assets (most of which are in the Persian Gulf region), and seizure or incapacitation of all Iranian ports in the Persian Gulf, especially the Strait of Hormuz.
Of course, the probability of our government taking such action is zero. But it is always good to know what the right course of action is.
Such action now would be particularly beneficial:
— Iran surely has many of its military and leadership resources currently deployed in trying to bring an Islamist state to Eqypt, and would now be particularly vulnerable to attack.
— The best way to help any Egyptian pro-freedom elements, such as may exist, is to destroy evil outside forces such as Iran. Instead of dishonorably propping up bad guys and dubious guys, we should do what our military does best: kill the worst guys.
— Controlling the Strait of Hormuz removes pressure of temporarily losing access to the Suez Canal if the worst happens in Eqypt.
— Destroying Iran destroys Hezbollah and HAMAS, freeing Lebanon and defanging Gaza, thereby giving Israel breathing room if the worst happens (temporarily) in Egypt.
I write ‘temporarily’ above, because attacking Iran would establish a rational American policy in the Middle East, and would make clear our policy to Eqyptians: If you become a free nation, we will embrace you as we embrace Israel. If you become an Islamist state, we will conquer you forthwith, seize your ill-gotten assets (such as the Suez Canal), and leave you to die by your pre-Western ways, as we did in Iran.