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Submitted by David (United States), Feb 5, 2022 at 22:43

I don't disagree with the commentary. I'm merely wondering if I might ask the author a question, and if I may try, without abusing his hospitality, to make a suggestion. Yes, Islamism in the West is a concern. It's good that people be vigilant to it, and particularly that immigration policies be tightened. The question I have relates to something else. I wonder if the author observes what I have noticed, which is an almost complete indifference at the moment to the implications of the nuclearization of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

From the usual suspects (the large press outlets, the Democratic party) this is not a surprise. What is surprising is to note the general indifference to the subject from some organizations that have been stalwart fighters against Islamism within the United States in particular. I don't know to what extent the author is personally familiar with these people, but the proprietors of FrontPageMag come to mind as a notable example. Almost nowhere to be found, on their website, is any mention of this subject. Instead there is, indeed, some focus on the same subject noted here. As well as a misguided focus, in my own personal opinion, on KSA, which seems 15 years out of date given the changes that the Kingdom has undergone in the last few years and the prospects for even more profound changes should MbS assume the throne. Of course the traditional "Israel lobby" in Washington is silent, having been largely weakened to the point of insignificance in the second Obama term. But what is more striking is the silence of the aforementioned people, who have never been ones to temper their rhetoric out of fear. What explains this? The same phenomenon appears to be afflicting Frank Gaffney, whom I suspect the author may know. He's doing plenty of work appropriately warning about (and perhaps sometimes exaggerating) the threat from the PRC. Not a word anymore about the Ayatollahs. Even though the danger they pose is now greater than at any point since the Iranian Revolution, and the administration's course of action, if not stopped, will nuclearize the entire Mideast, and with it, eviscerate Israel's national security doctrine. What explains the apparent blithe indifference?

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"I wonder if the author observes what I have noticed, which is an almost complete indifference at the moment to the implications of the nuclearization of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

You are right. It's a matter of technical aspects about talks going nowhere in Vienna. The stark terror of a nuclear Iran is hardly mentioned.

Perhaps there is a widespread assumption that the Israelis will make sure this never happens? After all, they've done this twice before.

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