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Caroline Glick mentioned that the doctrine of mutual assured destruction (MAD) does not work with the Iranian apocalyptic leadership. This view is expressed by Bernard Lewis, the West’s leading scholar of Islam, who on August 8, 2006 in the article in the WSJ wrote:
“In this context, mutual assured destruction, the deterrent that worked so well during the Cold War, would have no meaning. At the end of time, there will be general destruction anyway. What will matter will be the final destination of the dead–hell for the infidels, and heaven for the believers. For people with this mindset, MAD [mutual assured destruction] is not a constraint; it is an inducement.”
Apart from Bernard Lewis there are not many who understand the mindset of the Iranian leadership. Reza Kahlili was an American CIA agent working undercover among Iranian Revolutionary Guards for ten years. Should we not take seriously someone who risked his life for the US and slept in the same bunkers as the Revolutionary Guards? In his presentation at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on July 9 he said:
“It is a parallel project for one purpose, and I can argue both sides of the coin, but my belief is that this is a messianic regime, there should be no doubts, they will commit the most horrendous suicide bombing in human history. They will attack Israel, European capitals and Persian Gulf region at the same time, then they will hide in a bunker waiting for Mahdi to get out of that well, ride the white horse, draw that sword and kill the rest of the nonbelievers.
Sanctions is a fantasy, is an illusion. Change of behavior? You‘re dreaming! Stop dreaming, please! There is not going to be a change of behavior. You are not dealing with rational people. They take it literally from the Quran. And Quran says that those who oppose you , your enemy, are among the idiots and stupid , this is what they think of you. Every time you provide an extended hand, they do not see it as honest approach, out of sincerity, out of a wish to come to a peaceful resolution, they see it as stupidity.”
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