If the Iranian Mullahs persist, they must be destroyed… utterly. After all, as Winston Spencer Churchill observed over 100 years ago, this is because they are terrorist war criminals whose underlying belief system is incompatible with civilized behaviour, and this by any and all measures, which truth was captured by the assessment penned in 1899:
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism [Islam] lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine— must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die: but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”[i]
Concomitantly true is Sherman’s astute observation during the Civil War, which precluded all mealy mouth legalisms. It remains true now and always and ought to guide us without deflection:
“In accepting war, it should be “pure and simple” as applied to the belligerents. I would keep it so, till all traces of the war are effaced; till those who appealed to it are sick and tired of it, and come to the emblem of our nation, and sue for peace. I would not coax them, or even meet them half-way, but make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it.”[ii]
Finally, and entirely: “In war there is no substitute for victory.”[iii] The Mullahs have been warned.
[i] The River War, Volume II, by Winston Spencer Churchill, Longman Greens and Co., 89 Paternoster Row, London, New York, and Bombay 1899, Page 248.
[ii] Sherman, Memoirs, by William Tecumseh Sherman, The Library of America, ©1990 by Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., New York, NY, Page 365.
[iii] General Douglas MacArthur.