The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran could be a prelude to war. Sad, but true. John Kerry’s work to secure a nuclear deal (along with the unpublished side deals) with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which holds four American hostages, is laughable.

Ayatollah Khamenei said this recently after Obama secured the Senate votes required to effectively pass his nuclear deal:

“After nuclear negotiations, the Zionist regime said that it will not be worried about Iran in the next 25 years. I am telling you, first, you will not be around in 25 years’ time, and, God willing, there will be no Zionist regime in 25 years. Second, during this period, the spirit of fighting, heroism and jihad will keep you worried every moment.”

Wow. That’s subtle. Sounds vaguely like a call to genocide to me.

Some say that the ayatollah is spewing this rhetoric to appease hardliners in his country. I hope this is the case, but hope is not something for Israel to base its existence on.

The Israelis are strangely quiet. That’s unnerving. Or is it soothing? The Israelis will never allow their people to be victims of genocide again.

Of course, Israel’s government could be privy to information that the ayatollah is pandering to hardliners — thus their silence.

So we “hope” the ayatollah’s “Death to America,” “Death to Israel” is bluster.

If the Islamic Republic of Iran is not bluffing, and our government is “hoping” self-inspection will work better than the idea of self-deportation might with the immigration issue, we could be on course to war with Iran.

The one variable the Obama administration outwardly seems to be ignoring is the Israelis. If the Israelis feel an imminent threat as a result of this agreement, they might feel forced to launch a pre-emptive strike.

And we all know what that means for the United States. War with Iran.

Paul Culver

South Magnolia Street

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