On a September morning in 490 B.C., 9,000 free Athenians watched 26,000 Persians disembarking their ships that were beached beside the plain of Marathon. On the bluffs above, their general, Militiades, saw that the archers, who could flood the sky with arrows, were not ready. He commanded his men to run across the open mile of field and to attack. They drove the Persians back into the sea.
Many historians consider the battle of Marathon the most influential in human history, believing it to mark the beginning of the ascendancy of the West over the East, others believing that without the Greeks’ victory, there may not have been a Western civilization.
Jerome Corsi, in his new book, Atomic Iran, makes the case that the West is again poised with Persia for a confrontation of the ages. And like the men who fought at Marathon, we cannot afford to wait for Persia to attack.
Co-author of Unfit for Command (Regnery—a Human Events sister company), a book that undeniably influenced the presidential election in favor of George W. Bush, Corsi’s current book has a two-part central thesis: First, Iran is extremely close to having all the components necessary to launch a nuclear-tipped missile at Tel Aviv or to develop and detonate a modular nuclear device in the center of Manhattan or both. Second, because the Mullahs ruling Iran are themselves of the same mindset as the suicide terrorists they fund and deploy, they are likely to use those weapons sooner rather than later. Corsi’s mission is even more messianic than influencing a U.S. presidential election. It is nothing less than the jump-starting of a populist revolution in Iran.
Atomic Iran is also a useful compendium of the contributing events and themes that have influenced this current buildup to the new cold war with militant Islam and its looming 21st Century version of the Cuban missile crisis. For example, he convincingly contends that the United States is already at war with the entire Islamic terror network, including Hamas and Hezbollah and their financier, Iran. After first taking American hostages during the Carter Administration, Iran has been conclusively linked to the murder of American military personnel in the Beirut bombing in 1983, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and today in Iraq.
Another important theme developed in Atomic Iran is that the American left generally, and the Democratic Party specifically, has shown itself to have continuously fallen prey to the same appeasement philosophy as Neville Chamberlain, and in so doing, has hastened not only the Iranian but also the North Korean nuclear threat. Corsi exposes all too clearly for the timid the mundane symmetry present in the Democrats’ handling of the two rogue states.
The second element of Corsi’s central thesis is more alarming than the first. Not only is Iran extremely close to the point of no return in their drive to obtain nuclear weapons—thanks in part to our own American left—but the religious fanaticism of the ruling Mullahs will make them susceptible to using their weapons and or providing them to terrorist groups. Iran is a state that invented car bombing and vest-bombing methodologies, often sacrificing their own children or those of their surrogates. Unlike our past enemy, the men who ran the Soviet Union, Iran is a terrorist regime deeply enamored with sanctity of suicide, enraptured by religious martyrdom.