"Ahmedinejad believes that he was sent to bring the Hidden Imam. He is not insane but he is devout and is supported by the spiritual leaders."
We are experiencing a period of strategic changes throughout the world. This is a year of resolution of choosing between terror and a nuclear arms race on one hand and peace and stability on the other.
Iran is the primary source of problems in the Middle East today. This stems from the fact that it is involved in a nuclear arms program as well as in terror. A nuclear Iran will pose a threat not only to Israel but to the entire world, as it will spur a nuclear arms race in the entire region. The foot-dragging of the international community and the weakening of the moderate Arab bloc's stance towards Iran pose a threat to global peace.
There is agreement in the Western world that Iran is poised at the threshold of obtaining the necessary technology, this is the nuclear threat. UN Resolution 1737, and in particular its inclusion of Article 7 of the UN Convention (which allows sanctions against a state), marks an achievement. But this is an only an initial stage. The international community must take an array of steps: economically (including the realm of the Iranian oil industry), legally, and in other areas. The necessary means are available to do it.
Iran is currently the Archimedes point of the Middle East. It has dispatched satellites and produced a quartet of an Axis of Evil, which includes Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Iran is the world's number one exporter of terror.
In the arena of Palestine, Iran has bolstered the status of Hamas and of Islamic Jihad by providing financial backing and guidance. Iran's goal, as far as the territories are concerned, is to transfer to there the model of Hezbollah. Iran precludes the Palestinians' chance for achieving peace and prosperity, and we call upon them to disengage from the country.
In the arena of Lebanon, Iran supports Hezbollah's efforts against Siniora and the moderates, all the while tightening its grip on the country. Israeli intelligence officials who managed to construct an intelligence image of the arena over the past years report that large amounts of weapons are being transferred to Lebanon. UN Resolution 1701 has not been implemented according to its terms: the kidnapped soldiers have not been returned and there is no effective apparatus to halt the arming of Hezbollah.
There is a bloc of moderate Arab nations facing Iran. They are acting towards the reinforcement of Siniora but they still leave a large and dangerous vacuum. They must act quickly to change the situation. There are also domestic Iranian organizations that oppose Ahmedinejad. This is evident in the Iranian media and in the recent municipal elections.
Ahmedinejad believes that he was sent to bring the Hidden Imam. He is not insane but he is devout and is supported by the spiritual leaders. He was elected on a platform of hatred and of solving poverty. Denial of the Holocaust serves his ideology as well as Iran's popularity in the foreign arena (among the nations of the Axis of Evil) and in the domestic arena. Because of all this, the day Iran obtains a nuclear bomb is the day it will use it.
In conclusion, it can be said that the world cannot be apathetic. We, and the world, do not have the privilege of saying "We didn't know." There is a need for action. The potential to respond exists. The free world must unite and bring to an end to the threat.
Regarding the resignation of the Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz, it should be said that he acted with responsibility. The IDF is the strongest military in the Middle East, and no one is better than IDF soldiers