Thursday, April 13, 2006
The Line In The Sand
Today the MSM and both sides of the Blogosphere are replete with analysis and commentary regarding Iran's growing nuclear ambition. Look around and you'll see every position on the issue from those who advocate patience to those who advocate turning Iran into a glass covered radioactive hole in the ground.
First we go to what the Islamofacist Murdering Thug Caucus currently running the show in Iran. Their view was summed up by Armed Forces Joint-Chief of Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi:
When a people master nuclear technology and nuclear fuel, nothing can be done against them. The West can do nothing and is obliged to extend to us the hand of friendship.Not to be out done by a lowly general, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad added:
Our answer to those who are angry about Iran achieving the full nuclear fuel cycle is just one phrase. We say: Be angry at us and die of this anger. We won't hold talks with anyone about the right of the Iranian nation (to enrich uranium). Today, our situation has changed completely. We are a nuclear country and speak to others from the position of a nuclear country.This from a man who has also declared that the State of Israel needs to be wiped off the map.
Tell me, dear readers, are there any among you who honestly believe diplomatic negotiations are going to bear fruit with people like this at the table? Is there anyone in favor of attempting to appease these thugs? I'm sure there are - most likely the same people who thought a diplomatic solution could be reached with Kim Jong "Mentally" Il in North Korea.
Memo to Madeline: In case you're wondering, yes, that was a shot at you.
So, despite Rick Moran's request to relax, I respectfully reiterate the position that Iran cannot be allowed to enter the nuclear clubhouse. Bill Kristol quoted a W speech from 2002 in which the proper strategy for this situation is outlined:
States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic. . . . We'll be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons. . . . We can't stop short. If we stop now--leaving terror camps intact and terror states unchecked--our sense of security would be false and temporary. (Emphasis added)Blogfather Hugh said much the same thing, which lends more proof to the theory that Bill and Hugh are actually the same person.
Years ago I penned the post On Preemption. I won't rehash the arguments made there, all of which I believe are still true today. I don't believe the world will be a safer place if we are to rely on a diplomatic solution. If you need numbers and statistics to convince you, I offer you Captain Ed's analysis:
So how long before Iran can produce enough highly-enriched uranium? Even with the 3,000-centrifuge cascade the Iranians plan to implement immediately, they could produce enough fissile material within 271 days of its completion. We have only months before Teheran can put a nuke on top of its Shahab-3 ballistic missile and threaten the entire Middle East and most of Europe. If the Iranians develop their 54,000-unit cascade, they could produce two nukes every month, making them capable of developing an inventory of nuclear weapons that will quickly escape accounting -- and enough excess capacity to supply its proxies with smaller, portable devices that could cross borders and strike anywhere around the world.Months, not years until Iran gains the power to indiscriminately lay waste to any nation according to the dictates of their Islamofacist Murdering Thug mentality.
Can you say "Clear and Present Danger"?
Here endeth the lesson.