The Jewish World’s lead article (Jan. 9) on the successful U.S. strike that killed Iran’s top general foresaw the possibility it would lead to full scale war between the U.S. and Iran and to terror attacks on American, Israeli and Jewish sites. But Iran’s feeble reaction has been only to lob a few missiles at U.S. bases after giving warnings that insured no one would be killed.
More significant, Iranians are demonstrating against their own government and calling for the resignation of the Ayatollah Khamenei. Iranian crowds pointedly refused to step on the American and Israeli flags painted in the street. Ordinary Iranians have long been angry the hundreds of billions of dollars Iran received from the U.S. as a result of the nuclear pact was used only to support the Iranian Quds force and Iranian proxy campaigns against Israel. Iranians are furious about the presumably unintentional downing by Iran of a civilian airliner with over 150 passengers and crew.
It was widely anticipated the U.S. strike would isolate the U.S. diplomatically Instead, Europe has sided with the U.S. by formally accusing Iran of violating the nuclear deal—a step toward placing new sanctions on Iran. British Prime Minister Johnson is calling for renegotiating the nuclear deal, which deal was vehemently opposed by Israel and AIPAC, and was so controversial at the time it was not submitted as a treaty to the U.S. Senate.
We ought to be celebrating the death of Iran’s top general, which has destabilized Iran. Far from worrying about Iran’s desire for vengeance we should think about the deterrent effect on Iran’s top brass of the realization their own lives are now at risk.