Iran Wants the Bomb So It Can Use It

[Telegraph-UK] Daniel Hannan - I was the only editorial writer on this newspaper who argued against the Iraq war, because I didn't believe that Saddam had a weapons program. When it comes to Iran, though, there can be no doubt that the regime is developing a nuclear capability, and that it has the delivery mechanism: Shahab-3 missiles, with a range of 1,500 miles. Nor can there be much doubt that the reason the ayatollahs want the Bomb is so that they can use it. Look at what they are already doing. They have armed militias as far afield as the Balkans, the Caucasus and the old Silk Road Khanates. They have supplied their Lebanese proxy, Hizbullah, with rockets. They have been implicated in the bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina. What possible strategic interest can the mullahs have had in Argentina? The answer, surely, is that Teheran was flaunting its ability to strike wherever it wanted. That is what makes an Iranian bomb so frightening: we are not dealing, as we were in the Cold War, with a regime pursuing rational aims. The ayatollahs play by different rules. They advertised this with the very first act of their revolution: the seizure of the U.S. embassy.

2007-11-06 01:00:00

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