Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Monday that "the president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map."
"Cowboy!" Well, not really. Mr. Peres is saying exactly what Iran must hear: You cannot scare a nation that does not care about the "international community." It does care to an extent, but that extent merely goes as far as Washington. It is no accident that the U.S. and Israel are united and the U.S. surely holds Israel back from truly defending itself, but it must be remembered Israel will indeed act in its self-interest when cornered. Mr. Peres continues:
"Teheran is making a mockery of the international community's efforts to solve the crisis surrounding Iran's nuclear program," Peres told Reuters, adding that "Iran presents a danger to the entire world, not just to us."
What is the "mockery?" I thought it was pretty clear, with the ignored sanctions in regard to Saddam's Iraq, the genocide in Rwanda and Sudan, the UN makes a mockery of the international community. Iran is merely doing what it can do to secure its own security and regional supremacy. Of course, the question is when will truly political nations-Israel and the United States-again act in the best interests of themselves and the world?