This is the Weblog of Mike from FreeRepublic.com, the head of the Christian Supporters of Israel list there. Just another rower down in the hold of the juggernaut which is the American Evangelical Christian support of Israel.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Justifying An Israeli Preemption Against Iran Under International Law: Osiraq And 'Anticipatory Self-Defense'

"International law is not a suicide pact. Under long-standing customary international law, every state is entitled to strike first when the danger posed is “instant, overwhelming, leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation.” With respect to the openly genocidal regime currently ruling in Tehran, this right for Israel is now clear and incontestable. Well within the range of Iranian missiles, Israel could be obliterated by only one or two nuclear warheads. As to the western democracies, they are always quick to condemn Iran’s nuclearization, but are once again loath to actually do anything meaningful."

Three articles I read in quick succession in recent months capture the sense of urgency and threat by the Jewish people living in Israel from Iran. Caroline Glick in Jews Wake Up!, Sara Yoheved Rigler in Israel's Vital First Strike, and surprisingly, the very low-key Daniel Gordis in, This Place Called Hope. All represent a cross section of Israeli life.

All this being further evidence of the need for Israel to defend itself should the U.S. go wobbly in the war against Islamic terrorism and drop the ball in seeking to disarm Iran.



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