CALIFORNIA, January 16, 2013 – Leadership at the national level is a high stakes game; particularly when nuclear weapons are involved.
Scripture reminds us that ultimate trust should only be placed in God, and never in a man or government (Psalm 118:8-9; Proverbs 3:4-5). It goes without saying, therefore, that the amount of trust to place in the initial “agreement” on Iran’s nuclear program comes down to the amount of confidence to have with either side of the negotiations.
Normally, a deal to curtail a rogue nation’s nuclear program would be welcome news. But this agreement has two major problems: a self-centered, smooth-talking President disconnected from reality; and a radicalized Islamic regime committed to the destruction of Israel and the United States.
The Shiite theocracy of Iran has sponsored terrorism for decades. A sampling includes: the hostage crisis of 1979 to 1981; support of Hezbollah in the 1983 bombings of the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Lebanon; and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. More recently, Iran actively supports insurgency throughout Iraq and a relentless proxy war against Israel.
Given her track record, should Iran be believed when they claim no intention of building nuclear weapons? The obvious answer is “No”, particularly since Iran has invested enormous amounts of resources to produce highly enriched Uranium that are only useful for weapons purposes.
Also, Iran doesn’t need nuclear power; it sits on enough natural gas and oil deposits to meet its energy needs for hundreds of years. Any other peaceful uses of radioactive material could be easily supplied through normal commerce without need for a nuclear enrichment program.
But in this diplomatic slight-of-hand, Iran agrees to limited inspections and a promise to dilute its stockpile of highly enriched Uranium. In return, Iran gains: legitimacy to her nuclear program; retention of resources able to highly enrich Uranium, and a guaranteed weakening of economic sanctions against her.
Unfortunately, Iran has not been required to denounce all past, present or future terrorist activities, or agree to take steps to temper its aggressive Jihad intentions. Without that, or any agreement to provide complete transparency to its nuclear program there’s no reason to trust any public deal. In fact, Shiite belief in taqiyya makes any agreement between Islamic regimes and Infidels immediately suspect unless there’s overwhelming evidence to back it up.
But what about our side; can we trust our President to be truthful and negotiate in our best interests? Consider first domestic policies.
Obama clearly deceived the nation about the known consequences of Obamacare. He’s also shown a disturbing ambivalence and unconvincing cluelessness about IRS and NSA abuses of power. This pattern is also present in the lack of transparency concerning the ill conceived Fast and Furious gun running debacle. In fact, even a simple matter of whether Obama had ever met his uncle Omar becomes a failed test of credibility.
But what about foreign affairs?
Who has confidence in Obama’s handling of Benghazi? In fact, how can anyone trust this President’s honesty and judgment when he falsely blames this tragedy on an obscure video?
What about reneging on promised military action if a chemical weapon “red line” was crossed by Assad? What about Obama’s naiveté towards the Israel-Palestinian conflict; or his misguided support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; or his leading from behind in Libya, then leaving it to fall into chaos?
Do these examples justify trust in Obama’s claim that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are being contained?
Like it or not, Iran remains a dangerous regime that must be forced to renounce religious Jihad; demonstrate a changed attitude towards the West; and dismantle its entire nuclear enrichment program and weapons grade materials. Demanding anything less is either wishful thinking or gross incompetence.
For whatever reason, Obama has given Iran time to pursue most of its interests with impunity while ignoring its ability to reconstitute its nuclear enrichment program. Also, the pattern is now set for Iran to be in a stronger negotiation position in the future to eliminate more economic sanctions by giving some concession, no matter how trivial.
Obama may claim a diplomatic victory in this lopsided agreement, but in reality the only success may be in pushing the inevitable clash with Iran into an uncertain future someone else may have to worry about.
The Bible says we can know one’s true character by observing their fruit (Matthew 7:18-20). It’s sad to say, but by their actions neither Iran nor our feckless President deserves our trust. As a consequence, we may soon become painfully aware of the cost of selecting unworthy leadership to protect our interests.
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