And the West is likely to fall for it hook, line, and sinker, with Israel trying to talk sense into the various officials. I discuss today on Frontpage. The most convincing analysis I've seen (I quote it in the article) says the regime actually wanted Rouhani to be elected and arranged things so he would be.
As I discuss today on Frontpage. The Iran experts agree--the elections will have no effect on the nuclear program because none of the presidential candidates are really moderate and the matter is, anyway, firmly in the hands of Ayatollah Khamenei. This removes the West's last excuse to shilly-shally and mumble and fidget. Israel has been saying all along that the diplomacy can't work without a clear-cut Western military threat to the mullahs that would really scare them and indicate that the U.S. or NATO means business. And if Obama & Co. continue to temporize and fail to deliver such a threat, as Iran's nuke program approaches the finish line, what will Israel then do?
Given the security situation and other problems, a lot of people find this result surprising. A
recent Daily Beast article tried to explain it but gave only a superficial and skewed picture. I try to give a fuller, more accurate one in my PJ Lifestyle column.
As I wrote this Frontpage piece yesterday, there appeared to be a standoff over Syria getting the S-300s, with the Israeli defense minister saying he knows that Syria didn't get them yet. This morning Assad says he already has some and more are on the way. Tense times, dangerous regional deterioration.
In modern societies, the slaughter of animals for meat consumption
takes place in slaughterhouses, far from the eyes of the public and
children, who generally get their meat free of blood and hair and ready
for cooking or eating. This sterile arrangement spares the public the
sight of the slaughter, the blood and the accompanying cries. In the
West, many of those who witnessed animal slaughter become vegetarian.
I've never witnessed a Western slaughterhouse, but I'm a vegetarian so as not to have anything to do with such phenomena. There's room for the West, too, to progress morally.
As far as Kedar's descriptions of lamb-slaughter by Muslim families, I've never witnessed that either, but I've seen enough Arab butcher shops.
My discussion on Frontpage today of the mounting instability and threats to Israel. Every IAEA report on Iran's nuke program is more alarming than the previous one. The West is fiddling and playing "diplomatic" games in a way all too reminiscent of an earlier period. Israel doesn't have these luxuries.
Did I mean to say John Kerry? My piece on Frontpage a couple of days ago on Kerry's latest peace fantasies, while horrific phenomena occur among the Palestinians that don't seem to register. Later it turned out, according to reports, that Kerry's visit was mainly focused on the Syrian crisis--though he did make his obeisances to King Abbas in Ramallah.