While the West dithers and buries its collective head in the sand, Iran is making its intentions clear:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, state-media reported.

In a speech during an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Malaysia, Ahmadinejad also called for an immediate cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and the Iranian-backed group Hizbullah.

During that very same meeting there were calls to investigate Israel for violating international law in Lebanon–a war that Iran started via a proxy army, the entire existence of which is in violation of international law.

“Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented,” Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site Thursday.

Well okay big boy, tell your terrorist army to stop launching rockets at Israeli cities and you’ll get that cease-fire.

I just heard Sen. Lindsay Graham on Fox, addressing this issue. He thinks the solution is to slap economic sanctions on Iran. When have sanctions ever worked?

Iran will not care about sanctions. It doesn’t fear the UN, or the Security Council, or even the United States. If it did, it wouldn’t have let Hezbollah start this war. It’s clear to me that Iran unleashed Hezbollah in a bid to test Israel, test the US and the West, and to re-take Lebanon for jihadism. So far, one must conclude that though Israel is fighting the good fight, and it has the backing of the US for now, the rest of the West is failing miserably. All of the calls for a cease-fire and the Western criticism of Israel and its tactics play right into the hands of the very determined and clear-thinking Iranian leaders. They know what they want and what they’re fighting for. Do we?