Because whatever our American ambitions — oil, influence — it is clear that to some large degree due to Christian conservative influence in the heartland, Americans are willing to act collectively on Israel’s perimeter and near frontier. And an attack on Iran today to remove its nuclear threat to Israel would be sustainable politically here now when it might not have been back then if Americans went alone or with Israel.

Obama might do this — Sarko says he is a weakling — but it seems counterintuitive that he will. As a personal matter of character I have no doubt that he can do it if he determines it to be the morally correct and historically inevitable path.

“Say he decided to declare war on Iran or decided to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel, which I would like him to do ... if he decided to tough it up ... I think people would perhaps shift their thinking a little bit and think maybe he’s a little tougher than he seems today,” Sarah Palin said recently to Chris Mathews.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, there has been a greater sense that the fate of Jerusalem is America’s fate. Obama should take on Iran with its nuclear ambitions and intense hatred of Israel because it is right and needs to be done and if he doesn’t, Mitt Romney will do it in 2012 as his first act as president. Or maybe not. He said he’d have to talk to his lawyers first. But Sarah Palin might.

When this action is successfully completed, discussion can begin about the centermost place and purpose of Israel, where Jews from everywhere in the world — after attempts to extinguish them throughout Europe (Germany, Vichy France, Poland, Russia) failed — were allowed in post-war to return on an inner journey to their cosmic beginnings, but unbelievably, forbidden to pray when they got to the vortex, the Temple Mount. “Every religious looking Jew who ascends the Temple Mount is accompanied by a Moslem wakf attendant and an Israeli policeman, who together, scrutinize his/her lips. A Jew who is suspected of praying is detained or immediately arrested,” Moshe Feiglin, of the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction in the Likud party, reports.

This is where the discussion will begin again or perhaps where real discussion will begin for the first time, at the “temple that does not exist,” the source from which the entirety of the Western world (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Muslim) awakened these past 2,000 years.

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