Michael Gerson: Iran's genocidal rhetoric toward Israel shouldn't be glossed over

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  • bricha lehi, ut
    April 9, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    The Real Maverick,

    So what about North Korea, do we let them flatten South Korea w/out provocation. Or The serbs and Kosovo, or China and Japan. We can argue wether Israel should be a US ally all day long. And maybe come to the conclusion that we should not, but while they are our ally, and while we have pledged support I think we should help them defend themselves. Just like we would with South Korea, Kosovo, or Japan.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 6, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    @mg Scott

    And once again do you think that the small number of people that are sadly the victims of the type of crimes you did ripe are really comparable to the scale of death that would occurs during a war?

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 6, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    Re: cjb

    You kind of missed the point. It isn't about odds, it is about the fact that people who should not have been here, were. And they caused damage that would not have happened if the government were doing its job and enforcing the very immigration laws that it is supposed to in order to protect American citizens.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    April 6, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    Where in the constitution is it written that we have to defend Israel?

    I don't understand where all this pro war mantra is coming from! Is it coming from am radio? Isn't it funny how folks who have never been to war and whose children will never fight in one, are the first and most eager to send others to war?

    Lets obey the constitution. If Iran hasn't invaded/attacked our country then we have no business attacking them.

  • Mickey Kovars Tampa, FL
    April 6, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Iran's use of genocidal rhetoric against Israel and Jews ought to be raised in the United Nations -- constantly. There is no reason to conclude that this kind of talk is just for domestic political purposes. Certainly we learned that much from the Nazis.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 6, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    Re mgscott

    A lot of people have been killed by people here legally.

    Having people here illegally does not increase the odds of any one person being killed.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 6, 2013 5:45 a.m.

    People in the world aren't glossing over Iran's threats to Israel. This is why Iran is being told with threat of war, that it can't enrich uranium.

    It remains to be seen if there will be follow through, but Iran's threats haven't been ignored.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 5, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    Don't agree with you all the time Joe Blow, but I do agree with this point. No party wants to do much about the immigration issue. To politically dangerous.

    Re: Tolstoy, you do realize that many American citizens have in fact been killed or injured by illegals who drive drunk, or get involved in gang crime, ect. If those illegals had not been here, which they shouldn't have been, then a lot of American citizens would not have been victoms.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 5, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    @Michael Gerson
    Who exactly is "glossing" it over and what exactly do you propose we do differently?

    @Chris B
    So you really think that our government risking starting a violent war that could not only kill tens of thousands of Israeli and Iranian people but also send many of our US citizens to their graves is the same as allowing illegal immigrants to migrate into the US? Seems like a bit of a stretch to me.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 5, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    Chris B.

    It is easy to blame the democrats today because they are 2/3 in power.

    However there were many years that the GOP controlled the Presidency (bush) the house and the senate.

    Care to tell me what they proposed in the way of immigration legislation to combat the problem?

    You can blame the "liberals" all you want, but the reality is that neither party really wants to tackle the problem.

    The GOP is making noise now, knowing that they dont have the power. When they DO have the power, they pretty much do what is being done today, which is not much.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2013 12:51 p.m.


    I wish liberals would take the same attitude with illegal immigrants and Mexico. If Mexico is terrible, its their problem. Let them help their people. Why should I be forced to pay for the education, healthcare, and taxes of Mexicans?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 5, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Sounds like Israel's problem, not ours. Why do US politicians feel the need to send other people's children to be shot at for some other country's problem?

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    April 5, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Can't we just stay out of this? Let them have WW3 for all I care. I hate foreign wars and will only support war when the enemy is launching an invasion on our own land.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 5, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    Mr Gerson is big on detailing out the problem, but short on solutions.

    I believe that we are handling it correctly. Let Iran know that they will never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons and that we will do everything and anything to stop that from happening.

    War should be a last option and we should make everyone share in the cost, if it comes to war. Tell Israel and other nations that they can also borrow money but that the US will not foot the whole bill.

    And if war breaks out, immediately make plans to fund it by either cutting spending elsewhere and raising taxes. Let ALL Americans share in the sacrifice, not just our military and our children.

    War is very expensive. If it is necessary today, lets pay for it today.

    There may have never been a war in Iraq if Americans had to PAY for it TODAY rather than letting it add to the debt.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    April 5, 2013 12:44 a.m.

    No need to get in a panic when Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks about wiping Israel off the map. He is a man of little importance in setting policy. He justs talks with absolutely no real power.

    The power resides with Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Although Khamenei may say "stuff", he's not stupid and is saying these things more for internal consumption than anything else. It's a may to maintain control in that despotic state.

    More importantly, Israel and the United States needs to work with the international community and not respond irrationally to rhetoric. This is much like the current situation with North Korea: standard anti-Western talk with no substance. Iran knows that its position in the world is tenuous.

    Any military attack on Israel will result in massive retaliation with Iran becoming a burned-out cinder on the surface of the earth. Although the Israeli government doesn't advertise the fact, Israel possess more nuclear capability than Iran even wants to think about.

    This situation only reminds people of China four decades ago when it was doing the same thing. And we all know what happened there.