The estimable Walid Phares skewers the short-sightedness and naivete of official Washington. Of course, much of this stems from officials’ unwillingness or inability to come to grips with the jihad ideology. “Expert: Iran Poised To Be ‘Mother of All World Threats,'” from NewsMax, with thanks to all who sent this in:
WASHINGTON — For anyone who still thinks the Israeli-Lebanon war is just a border scuffle, one Middle East expert shouts a dire warning:
“As soon as a cease fire occurs, the “˜Hezbollah Blitzkrieg’ will crumble the “˜Lebanese Republic of Weimar’ and install its own “˜Khumeinist Republic’ on the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The consequences of such a development are far beyond imagination for the region and the world. Hezbollah would have paved the way for Iran to create the mother of all world threats since Hitler.”
So cautions Professor Walid Phares, author of “Future Jihad,” a visiting fellow with the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels, and a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.
Phares argues that Washington and Brussels relied too much on a Lebanese cabinet which had been penetrated by Hezbollah.
“How can you have U.S. officials sitting with the Lebanese Cabinet in the presence of Hezbollah ministers and talk about the Lebanese Army disarming this organization? The naivetÃ©’ with which Hezbollah’s offensive was dealt with is stunning.”
Read it all.