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Netanyahu: With bin Laden dead, Iran Supreme Leader is world's greatest threat

In interview with CNN, Prime Minister says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei effectively runs Iran, warning that if Iran 'gets atomic bombs, it will change history.'

By Haaretz Service

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei poses the greatest worldwide threat after the death of Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN on Thursday.

Claiming that Khamenei posed an even greater threat than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Netanyahu told CNN that the Supreme Leader "runs the country and he is infused with fanaticism."

Benjamin Netanyahu - AP - 1.5.2011

Benjamin Netanyahu attending the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Photo by: AP


If the Iranian regime gets atomic bombs, it will change history," the premier said, adding that the "future of the world -- the future of the Middle East -- is certainly at stake."   http://www.haaretz.com/news/di...test-threat-1.360021


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 The summer of Obama

Found@Haaretz.com as:

With bin Laden dead, Obama has to turn to the Mideast

If Obama does not stabilize the Middle East this summer, a regional avalanche will take place by summer’s end.

By Ari Shavit

Nothing will help the American right wing, the Israeli right wing or Fox News now; the assassination of Osama bin Laden has given U.S. President Barack Obama a decided boost.

Now that bin Laden is dead, Obama is seen not as a geek but as a killer, not as a softy but as a fairly tough leader. The young man has successfully completed his coming-of-age ceremony. Combined with the burgeoning recovery of the economy and the president’s movement toward the political center, bin Laden’s death has turned Obama into a strong and authoritative leader. If he doesn’t make any big mistakes in the coming year, chances are good that he’ll continue living in the White House until 2016.


But Obama insists on making big mistakes. His Middle East policy is inconsistent and incoherent. His guiding principles are obtuse and bizarre. He supported the removal of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak from office but grants immunity to Syria’s Bashar Assad. He went to war to avoid a bloodbath in Libya, but won’t raise a finger to stop the massacres in Syria.

Weak leadership and a lack of moral clarity continue to characterize Obama. Instead of leading the Arab world to a good place, he’s being dragged along with it to a bad one.

One problem is Iran. The Arab spring has caused a situation in which no Sunni power except for Saudi Arabia now stands in the way of the ayatollahs. The revolutions in Arab countries have also improved the economic situation in Tehran by pushing up the price of oil. Improved strategic and economic positioning allow Iran to rush toward a nuclear reactor and erode America’s hegemony in the region.  


 Rambo V

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Theatrics of bin Laden's killing can't replace real values

It is not Guantanamo Bay and Abbottabad that will make America the promised land; but it's serving as an example in Tunis, Benghazi and Cairo.

By Gideon Levy 

 Well done, Barack Obama. Kudos, Navy SEALs. Assassinating Osama bin Laden, code-named “Geronimo,” was a fairly impressive military operation. But that’s it. All the rest is sheer nonsense.

The waves of excitement and joy that swept the world, including Israel, are no more than a deceptive ripple of foam that will evaporate immediately. Just like last week’s wedding of the century, this week’s assassination celebration was no more than a Hollywood-style event blown out of proportion.

But while many people didn’t take the wedding festivities seriously, the celebrations of bin Laden’s death have created mountains of bombastic pathos signifying nothing. Among the troublesome questions, which almost nobody dares to utter, is why kill bin Laden rather than capture him alive and, primarily, why toss the body into the sea, keeping him from getting the burial that even a dog would.

It is important to note that the world hasn’t changed at all since the operation. A safer world? Of course not. A better, more moral world? Very doubtful. Bin Laden deserved to die. He was responsible for the deaths, not only of thousands of Americans and Europeans, but also of hundreds of thousands of Muslims who were killed in the abominable retaliation wars America waged in response to his acts. He gave a bad name to Muslims and spread hatred of them. Killing bin Laden was an act of primeval revenge, nothing more and nothing less.


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