Friday, May 05, 2006

Iran Is

Atlas has a post up this morning about President Bush's statement of "unshakable faith":

America will never desert the state of Israel, President Bush said last night, sending an unambiguous signal to the ruling mullahs in Iran - who are developing a nuclear weapon capability in the teeth of international pressure - that their threats to destroy Israel will be fiercely resisted.

"America's commitment to Israel's security is strong, enduring, and unshakable," Mr. Bush said in a speech to the American Jewish Committee, which was celebrating its centennial at Washington's National Building Museum, and while sitting alongside the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

He said America and Israel were "natural allies and these ties will never be broken."In his first major foreign policy speech for some time, Mr. Bush made clear his words were intended to be heeded by the Tehran regime and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who declared in October that the Jewish state should be "wiped off the map."

America would be unflinching in its commitment to defend Israel's right to exist and to ensure that the mullahs would not gain possession of a nuclear weapon. Iran already has obtained missile technology from the North Korean communists capable of reaching the capitals of Europe.

Mr. Bush said he was concerned by the direction Iran is heading. "We are concerned because the Iranian regime is repressing its people, sponsoring terrorists, destabilizing the region, threatening Israel, and defying the world with its ambitions for nuclear weapons," he said.

"America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats."The president also reiterated his determination not to deal with terrorists, including the Palestinian Arab government dominated by the Hamas terrorist group. New York Sun

At the same time as America is expressing "unshakable faith" in Israel, Israel seems to be losing faith in itself. The plan to divide Jerusalem strikes me as a frightening turn of events.

Reminds me of the Roman centurions who cast lot for Christ's clothes as he hung on the cross. I wouldn't want to carry such Karma, but Olmert seems to think he can bear it.