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January 14, 2006
Coming To A Head On Iran

The day of reckoning with Teheran comes ever closer, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refuses to stop their nuclear research even when facing the threat of UN sanction:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday painted the United States and other Western nations as bullies with "a medieval view of the world" and insisted his nation has the right to conduct nuclear research.

"A few Western states ... have nuclear arsenals, they have chemical weapons. They have microbiological weapons. And every year they establish tens of new nuclear power plants. Now they are criticizing the Iranian nation ... because they think that they are powerful," Ahmadinejad said, apparently referring to the United States and the EU-3 -- Britain, France and Germany.

Talks between the EU-3 and Iran stalled last year, and Iran on Tuesday resumed research at its Natanz uranium enrichment plant -- an act viewed with suspicion by the United States and EU-3, which fear the country may be planning to produce a nuclear weapon.

"Our nation does not need a nuclear weapon," Ahmadinejad said. "We are a civilized and cultured nation. We have logic, we have civilization ... Nuclear weapons are only needed for people who want to solve everything through use of force."

Now would be the time for Western nations to stand together in a show of unity to demand Iranian compliance or face the imposition of a tough sanctions regime. Unfortunately, the new government of Germany took the occasion of their first visit to the US to launch the new version of appeasement they want to use:

Germany's deputy foreign minister, in comments from an interview to be broadcast Sunday on German radio, said that imposing economic sanctions on Iran would be a "very dangerous path" and would hurt both sides, according to Reuters. He favored imposing travel restrictions on Iran.

This indicates that the US will shortly face the same conundrum we did with Iraq -- a major security issue on which the UNSC refused to take any action to resolve, opting instead for the illusion of status quo. That illusion will result in a nuclear-armed Iran within months, and the US cannot afford to allow that to happen. If the UNSC refuses to act responsibly in facing down the mullahs of Iran, then we either will have to take action among nations willing to ensure that Islamofascists don't get nuclear weapons -- or prepare to face a nightmare scenario where suicidally psychotic states and organizations have ready access to nuclear bombs and the missiles that can deliver them.

We need to force the UNSC to make its decision on this ASAP, so we can have the rest of our options open to us in time to stop the Iranians from getting the bomb.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 14, 2006 11:49 AM

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