Hamilton — The Iran deal: The boa constrictor won
Those who have read all 159 pages of President Obama’s executive agreement with Iran should understand the agreement paves the way for Iran to become a nuclear power within 10 years or less. The agreement frees over $100 billion of impounded funds for Iran to give to Shia Islamic terrorist groups and/or to purchase additional nuclear technology and equipment. And without the bother of those pesky unannounced inspections and without those crippling arms embargoes of conventional weapons.
The agreement met with cries of joy in the streets of Iran and by the gnashing of teeth by members of Congress of both political parties who feel their concerns and those of Israel were ignored by President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and by President Obama’s personal adviser on Iran, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett. But Iran has not prevailed in these negotiations with the lightning strike of a king cobra. Instead, Iran has maneuvered more like a boa constrictor.
Biting with poisonous fangs is not the only way that some snakes can kill human and other forms of animal life. Boa constrictors, for example, wrap themselves around their prey. Each time its victim takes a breath that reduces the circumference of its chest; the snake reduces the circumference of its encircling grip as well.
Like a trucker’s transport-tightening-knot or device you use to strap your boat to a trailer, the boa constrictor slowly crushes its victim’s chest so it can no longer breathe, leaving the snake with a perfectly edible animal to consume at its leisure.
The recently initialed agreement in Vienna between a handful of European powers and the United States with the government of Iran bears a striking resemblance to how a boa constrictor crushes its prey and then consumes it at its leisure. You see, if Iran takes the long view of history, Iran does not need to extinguish the life of Israel with the king cobra-like strike of an atomic bomb. Over the next 10 years or even less, the certain prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran will slowly crush the economic and political life out of Israel.
For example, let’s say you are a recently married Israel couple looking forward to raising a family. Are you going to raise a child inside Israel knowing the child’s 10th birthday is likely to coincide with a nuclear Holocaust? Let’s say you have money to invest in the kind of high technology for which Israel is deservedly world famous. Are you going to invest your money in a land that may be a smoking and uninhabitable ruin within 10 short years?
More likely, the Damocles Sword of a nuclear Iran hanging over the Land of Israel is going to cause a slow but continuous out-migration of ethnic Jews from the Holy Land and the cutting off of in-flows of investment capital. Eventually, Muslims will outnumber Jews in the Knesset and the Knesset will enact Sharia Law, leaving the Jews with three choices: Convert to Islam, or pay the Dhimmitude Tax, or die. Voila, Iran and radical Shia will have achieved a bloodless coup. No smoking irradiated terrain. Instead, possession of the Middle East’s only lush land of milk and honey.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame, and is a recipient of the University of Nebraska 2015 Alumni Achievement Award. He was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.
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