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September 10, 2006

Time to send message to Iran

Topics: Iran

Jules Crittenden and the Boston Herald welcome Former Iranian President Khatami to Boston, with a message for Iran:

... On the occasion of your speech at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and considering your advocacy for an Islamic bomb, terrorism and the destruction of Israel, let us consider our nation's policy toward Iran.

... For four decades, we opposed the Soviet Union with a policy of "Mutual Assured Destruction." Both sides knew that if one side dared use its nukes, the resulting conflagration would destroy the world. For four decades, that nightmarish prospect kept us alive.

... The United States has not ruled out military action, but with our ground forces fully extended in Iraq and elsewhere, do we want to invade Iran? No. You know that, and believe we won't do more than throw some missiles at your scattered and dug-in nuclear facilities. You believe the United States poses no real military threat to you. The world's greatest power seems hamstrung by assymetrical warfare: suicidal guerrillas with homemade bombs, rifles and rockets, bleeding our will to fight.

... But now you want to introduce some symmetry, with your quest for nukes. You want to play on our field. This is interesting. As Iran toys with the world, the message President Bush needs to send, as discreetly as he cares to, but very plainly, is this:

... We are reasonable people, so if you persist we will start with economic sanctions. An embargo: Nothing will get in or out of your country. The destruction of your oil fields: These assets finance terrorism and an unacceptable nuclear program. Until you dismantle your program, we will work our way down the list. Highways. Bridges. Power plants. Government buildings. Telecommunications centers. The religious centers where hatred is taught.

... And if, God forbid, a nuclear weapon is detonated, we will obliterate Tehran. This is mad, some critics will say. Tehran is full of innocent people. Well, so are Tel Aviv, London and New York.

... This is your choice. You may want to apply your terrorist and intelligence network to seeking out illicit nukes. Because if one goes off, we will assume it was yours, or North Korea's, and both of you will get it.

Continue reading, "Time to send message to Iran."

Crittenden is right about the Iraq connection to a lack of interest in a military response to Iran's nuclear plans - at this time! (circumstances and conditions do change). However, the real reason lies with the fact that the Bush administration does not have political support for launching a strike against Iran's nuclear sites right now - "America is stuck in Iraq and cannot go after Iran militarily" not because a lack of resources - but a lack of political support. The time is fast approaching when the president and the Democratic Left is going to have to decide what is more important - preventing the nation from being incinerated by an Islamic regime that believes being dead for Allah is an honor, or alternatively, putting aside political agendas and put the security of our nation and the survival of the West, first.

As pointed out in the JP, "The only way, besides military action, to stop Iran is through tough economic sanctions, But the only way to do that is for the US to overcome Russian opposition in the Security Council and to pass a resolution calling for sanctions against Iran." And we all know that's not going to happen - the Russian government places money well ahead of the Russian people and their right to survive and live a peaceful life - and to not have to go to Friday prayers whether they want to or not.

Posted by Richard at September 10, 2006 12:32 AM



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