Squeezing Iran

[Wall Street Journal, 12Jan07] Editorial - The United States has known for years that Syria and Iran are supporting Sunni insurgents and Shiite radicals in Iraq - support that has taken a heavy toll in American lives. On Wednesday, President Bush finally suggested he'll do something about it. "We will disrupt the attacks on our forces," Mr. Bush said. "We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq." We wouldn't rule out incursions into either country, if military circumstances warrant. This does not mean another invasion, but Predator strikes or special forces raids against terror camps in either country are surely justified to protect American lives and help the new Iraqi government succeed. Syria's Assad family has a long history of meddling in the affairs of its neighbors - not just Iraq but also Israel, Turkey and Lebanon. But the Assads also understand the language of force, as when they swiftly shut down the anti-Turkish terrorist PKK operations after Turkey threatened to invade in 1998. Iran is also susceptible to U.S. pressure, both military and non-military.

2007-01-12 01:00:00

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