The Tehran regime is offering “peace in our time” – for a price. Is the West willing to pay it? Professor Ze’ev Maghen, Chair of The Department of Middle Eastern History at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, explores this question in a new essay published in Commentary Magazine.
“What is true for Nazi storm troopers and al-Qaeda operatives is true for today’s fundamentalist Shiites. It is not their genuine, vehement hatred that we have to fear; it is their endless, drone-like training. Their militant hostility to Israel is no more a function of immediate, genuine, blood-boiling rage than it is the result of some heinous act or other performed by the Jewish state, however frequently such purported crimes are exploited as triggers of ‘popular’ protest. The hostility is, unfortunately, something far more durable and deeply implanted.
That Israel is the devil, the root of all evil, a criminal cancer that must be excised from the Muslim body politic – these propositions are not ephemeral feelings for most Iranian Muslims, but rather eternal truths that gradually, through endless, tantra-like repetition, have cloyed in the conscious mind while simultaneously installing themselves beneath the level of immediate emotion and awareness, in the place where basic instincts, automatic assumptions, and ontological verities reside. There they have taken root, to remain dormant until circumstances require their activation. When the time is right – and the rulers of Iran have made no secret of their conviction that the time is drawing ever nearer – decades of propaganda will serve the same function for them that centuries of Christian anti-Semitism in Europe performed for the Nazis.”