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October 28, 2005

Blair delivers blunt 'action' warning to Iran

Topics: Iran
"If they carry on like this, the question people are going to ask me is, 'when are you going to do something about this?'" - Tony Blair
iran_protests1_children.jpg [Image - Oct. 8: Iranian school boys shoot toy guns at an Israeli flag during an anti-Israeli rally.(FoxNews)]

As tens of thousands of Iranians staged anti-Israel demonstrations across Iran on Friday, repeating calls by their ultraconservative president for the destruction of the Jewish state, Tony Blair, a clear military threat to Iran, predicted he will face calls to take action on Iran.

And the "facing calls to take action" should occur sooner rather than later, as twin events appear to fuel a need to finally recognize, and deal with, both the Islamic Republic's clearly stated objectives for the destruction of Israel and the West, and it's goal to establish world domination by Islamists.

On the one hand we have the Iranian message:

Iranians chanting "death to Israel" and "death to America", converged from nine points in the Iranian capital for a rally attended by most of Iran's top officials. Some protesters set fire to or trampled on Israeli and U.S. flags.

Ahmadinejad took a short walk in the crowd, rallying in support of his comments that the Islamic world could not tolerate the Jewish state in its heartland. He said Western criticism carried no weight.

"My words are the Iranian nation's words," he told the official IRNA news agency, when asked if he had a message for the world.

"Westerners are free to comment, but their reactions are invalid."

The Islamic Republic has never acknowledged Israel's right to exist.

And on the other, the inklings of a West gradually awakening to the realities of the Islamic Republic's threat to Western civilization:

(...) Departing sharply from Britain's previous cautious stance, the Prime Minister expressed his fury at the president of Iran's call for Israel to be "wiped from the face of the Earth".

(...) The president's comments, following growing unease over Iran's continued nuclear programme, its defiance of a UN inspection regime and its alleged interference in Iraq, have sharply increased international tensions.

(...) Speaking after the European Union leaders' meeting at Hampton Court outside London yesterday, Mr Blair declared that Iran would be making "a very big mistake" if it believed Iraq will distract European and US leaders.

(...) Admitting that he has previously come under pressure to rule out military action against Iran, Mr Blair predicted that in the wake of the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments on Israel, he will now face calls to consider that very option.

(...) "If they carry on like this, people are going to believe they are a real threat to world stability," Mr Blair said. "If they carry on like this, the question people are going to ask me is, 'When are you going to do something about this?'"

(...) Describing himself as "very angry" and Mr Ahmadinejad's comments as "a disgrace," the Prime Minister said he held very little hope of Iran changing course without some form of international intervention.

(...) "What they have to do is alter their basic attitude, but the fact that it's being expressed by the president of the country, it doesn't give you a lot of confidence," Mr Blair said. Britain will discuss a response to Iran's "unacceptable" attitude with allies over the weekend.

(...) Despite repeated warnings from the US, Tehran has persisted with its nuclear energy programme, which Washington says is a cover for atomic weapons research. Until recently, the US has been willing to allow European diplomats to take the lead on the issue, hoping a more emollient approach would pay off.

(...) In recent weeks, however, European patience with Iran has been eroded, both over the nuclear issue and Iraq.

(...) Last month, Britain finally went public with allegations that Iran is training and equipping insurgent forces in southern Iraq, in effect accusing Tehran of colluding in the deaths of UK troops.

Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community," the 25 leaders said in a statement.

And it's this last excerpt that provides the key to both the Iranian problem, and the solution to the Iranian problem - "Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community."

The Islamic Republic of Iran is not a mature and responsible member of the international community, it is fully capable of immature and irresponsible actions, it supports, gives credecnce to, and facilitates the beliefs and agenda of fundamentalist Islam, and must be dealt with accordingly, now not later. A nuclear Iran is inherently more dangerous than one without nuclear weapons - weapons that would be in the hands of a Islamic terrorist state, and that would be used by terrorists to destroy Western civilization and replace it with an Islamic caliphate. Experience has proven that a "make-a-deal" approach to the Islamic regime is not going to save us from the rapidly increasing threat. And a threat dealt with while it's small(er) is better dealt with then a much greater one, later.

The solution "begins" with: To Destroy Iran's Nuclear Bomb Program, 350 Targets Must Be Hit.

Posted by Richard at October 28, 2005 9:45 AM

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