Belgravia Dispatch buys into the leftish mantra that Bush is the worst president ever and cites Wolf’s piece approvingly. Wolf writes:

First, the aims of foreign policy go far beyond the misnamed “war on terror”. The Islamist terrorists with which the world should, indeed, be concerned do not even pose the same existential threat as the cold war’s competition among superpowers. Equally important are maintenance of a prosperous world economy, management of the rise of new great powers, economic development, not least in the Islamic world, and management of the global commons.

The Soviet Union could be and was deterred by the threat of mutually assured destruction. Radical Islam is not deterred by that threat. Let’s quote a moderate Muslim leader, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president. In 2001, He said that on the day the Muslim world gets nuclear weapons the Israeli question will be settled forever “since a single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel, while an Israeli counter-strike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world.” It doesn’t look like he believes in the doctrine of mutually assured destruction. Rafsanjani is apparently willing to destroy Israel, even if it costs Islam countless millions of dead. Iran’s current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says that Israel should be “wiped off the map.” According to Mark Steyn,

the Daily Telegraph in London reported: “Iran’s hardline spiritual leaders have issued an unprecedented new fatwa, or holy order, sanctioning the use of atomic weapons against its enemies.”

What would happen if Iran carried out its threat to wipe Israel off the map? How would Wolf’s “prosperous world economy” respond to full scale nuclear war breaking out in the Middle East? Not very well, I would suggest. Yet, Bush is the one Western leader who is trying to confront that threat. He’s tried European style-diplomacy (a.k.a. bribery and appeasement) and that is failing. Teheran continues its march towards nuclear martydom. Can we trust Iran to act responsibly when it acquires nuclear weapons and the means to use them? Could we have trusted Saddam Hussein with nuclear weapons? All those WMD deniers forget that Saddam could have gotten nukes as easily as Libya nearly did once the sanctions regime collapsed under French and Russian pressure. So, Wolf is dead wrong on thinking that radical Islam is not a major threat. And, if he wrong on that how can we trust him to get anything else right?

It is too soon to judge Bush. However, if Iran gets and uses nuclear weapons, Bush will go down in history as the worst US president ever.

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