The World Cannot Live with the Threat of a Nuclear Iran

[U.S. News] Mortimer Zuckerman - Iran is making fools of everyone. Even as it lies about how close it is to acquiring nuclear missiles, it continues to menace the political order throughout the Middle East, pressing on with rocketry and rearming Hamas and Hizbullah. And that mischief is nothing to what it will do if it is allowed to become a nuclear power. A nuclear Iran will be a threat to U.S. national security, worldwide energy security, the efficacy of multilateralism, and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It will be emboldened to use terrorism to threaten or subvert others in the area - especially those who might be inclined to pursue peace with Israel. If Iran succeeds in going nuclear, pro-Western Arab regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Gulf states may decide to join Iran rather than fight it. "Death to America!" has provoked the Iranian street for over a quarter of a century and is the venom upon which an entire generation of Iranians has been raised. The inescapable fact is that the U.S. just cannot take the risk of nuclear missiles in the hands of a clerical regime that preaches genocide. It is pathetic that appeasement continues to beguile.

2009-03-25 06:00:00

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