Those of us who have a hard time believing that even the most irrational Iranian leader would actually sacrifice Persian civilization on the altar of anti-Zionism ought to pay attention to this story, about the tendency among Islamists toward national suicide.

And while I'm at it, Bradley Burston, one of my favorite columnists, has a real barn-burner up at Ha'aretz, a warning to the Palestinians about their self-destructive tendencies.

I've been writing recently about the existential threat that Israel will face if a Palestinian state isn't created. What I neglect to note is that the Palestinians already live in a state of national non-existence.