RUSH: James in New York City. James, nice to have you on the program, sir. Welcome.
CALLER: Thank you, sir. I mentioned to your screener that the message better go out to these other countries that think they’re going to harm the United States, that there are nuclear weapons in the United States, and it doesn’t take our Air Force or our Army to deliver them. And if they think that we’re going to sit back the first time they trigger something like that and just take it, they’re in for a big, big awakening. And on the other issue, I am a Jew, and my great-grandparents and grandparents were murdered by the Nazis. My parents got out by the skin of their teeth. If there was no Holocaust, where are my great aunts and my great uncles? Where are my grandparents that I have never been able to enjoy? What happened to them? They didn’t exist?
RUSH: Well, that’s what these people want people to believe. You know, it’s very serious. As to your first point about we have nukes, too, and the Iranians better realize it. Here’s what I think the Iranians are seeing, and this is what I think Al-Qaeda is seeing. And I think the ChiComs are taking their measure. They see us as not using the nukes. They see us as not really defending ourselves. I mean, even the way we’ve gone about it in Iraq is sort of half-baked. They see us as unwilling to take casualties. They see us as a passive population. Mahmoud has done his best to threaten and provoke, and all we do is respond with words, and all the civilized world does is respond with words. He sees a group of Americans put out this supposedly scholarly study that says, “We think, Mahmoud, we should talk to you about solving our problems in Iraq.”
Now, if I’m Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I only interpret this one way. I’m dealing with a bunch of wusses. I’m dealing with a bunch of people who can’t take it. He might be thinking, “I’m not going to nuke the United States. I don’t have the means to do it anyway, even if I got a nuke weapon next month or next year, I don’t have the transport system. Maybe I can do a suitcase nuke that nobody could trace back to me, could probably do that.” But I think they’re into the mode of intimidation, just claiming or threatening that they will do it, and the world’s not going to stop ’em from getting a nuke. That’s patently obvious. Why would the world stop them from using it? If the world’s not going to stop them from getting it, why would Mahmoud think that anybody’s going to make any effort to stop him from using it? Even if he does use it somewhere down the line, he’s probably thinking nobody’s going to retaliate because they won’t want to expand the conflict. He sees half the population of this country who are trying now to deny that 9/11 meant anything more than just an isolated crime. He sees an entire political party in this country and movement, the Democratic Party and the American left, doing its best to punish its own president and members of its own military for defending this country after that attack, Abu Ghraib, Club Gitmo, you name it.
If you put yourself in the shoes or the moccasins, whatever Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wears, I guarantee the only thing that threatens you, the only thing that might give you some pause about the United States of America is George W. Bush, who is going to be gone in a couple of years. So you bide your time, and you end up with a Barack Obama or a Hillary Clinton or a John Kerry or a John Edwards or a whoever, and that’s what they’ll be hoping for. He’s seeing that the whole country will become what half the country today is: pacifists, in denial, not wanting confrontation, not thinking it’s worth it, accommodating, bending over backwards to make our enemies like us. Bin Laden has seen it ever since Mogadishu. Ahmadinejad’s beginning to get his personal taste of it now. He does this “Holocaust didn’t happen” convention, and all he’s done is gin up more talk and conversation about it. Yeah, the predictable, “We are outraged by it,” has happened. But that’s about it.
So if I’m Ahmadinejad, I actually don’t think in a couple of years I’m going to be dealing with a president who would ever retaliate against me with a nuclear weapon if I use one of my own. And even if he’s wrong, he’s still got this belief that he’s presiding over the end of the infidels and the arrival of the 12th imam. A nuclear Holocaust, why, the way he reads the Koran, it may just be what’s in store the next two or three years. But of course we in America can’t condemn that because people are free to practice whatever religion they want. Our Constitution has become a suicide pact to way too many people.