published Monday, December 5th, 2011

Will the U.S. and Israel act to stop Iranian nukes?

It is understandable, in a time of high unemployment, that the attention of the American people is focused on our floundering economy.

But an even greater potential threat to our nation than high joblessness or the depressed housing market may be brewing in Iran.

Evidence has mounted -- particularly in recent weeks -- that radical Iran is building nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently concluded what the world really already knew: that Iran has been involved in activities "specific to nuclear weapons," not just peaceful nuclear energy production.

That might not be so alarming if we were dealing with almost any country besides Iran. But Iran has proved by its words and its deeds over a period of decades that its radical Islamic government has violent aims.

Iran's sponsorship of terrorism -- including a recently uncovered plot to kill Saudi diplomats on U.S. soil -- is extensively documented.

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has made repeated remarks about destroying Israel. And Iran recently said it was planning to deploy missile-armed ships near the coast of the United States.

"[W]e will have a powerful presence near the U.S. sea borders," the head of Iran's Navy declared.

That creates the frightening possibility that if Iran does develop a nuclear weapon, it will be able to get close enough to the United States to target our nation -- something it may not have the technology to do from distant Iran.

So what do the United States and Israel, both of which are threatened by Iran, do to head off the possibility of nuclear attack by Iran?

Dare we rely on the U.N. or the "international community" to stop Iran's development of nukes?

Decide for yourself. The New York Times recently noted that "[G]lobal powers meeting in Vienna criticized Tehran" on its nuclear program. But that criticism "fell far short of threatening further pressure or actions to curb Iran's" nuclear program.

So the international community cannot even agree on whether to "threaten" additional "pressure" on Iran to stop it from building nukes. Does that give you any confidence?

The Obama administration, meanwhile, is imposing more economic sanctions on Iran -- though previous sanctions have failed.

So what is the answer? Should the United States or Israel launch military strikes to take out Iran's nuclear sites, as Israel did previously against Iraq and Syria?

We would surely be condemned by many nations if we did so. But it is we -- and not the critics in other nations -- who are responsible for protecting the lives of more than 300 million Americans.

Every reasonable diplomatic effort should be made to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons.

But ultimately, the United States, Israel or both nations may have to act to prevent Iran from being armed with nukes.

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nucanuck said...

The above editorial has to be the words of a thoughtless warmonger.

No sentient rational human could believe that Iran, or any country for that matter, would launch a nuclear attack against another country and not expect an overwhelming and devastating counter-attack. Iran, unlike the US, has no history of starting wars. The US has been intervening in Iranian internal affairs for at least sixty years, often with unanticipated consequences. That has to stop.

The current drumbeat for war against Iran is an American desease that should be resisted by us all. For six decades we have made foreign policy blunders at the behest of Israel that have destabilized the region and drained the US treasury. Gunboat diplomacy alienates the world and diminishes the US.

No one wants to see the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the only hope of moving in that direction would be by leading by example with a long term plan to eventually become a nuclear weapons-free country.

Can America lead again or are we just an angry loser nation on our way down from world leadership? We get to decide who we want to be.

December 5, 2011 at 12:56 a.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

The U.N. is a worthless body of anti-semites and America haters who just LOVE BO for his speeches putting down the U.S. Mr. Nucanuck, you're a naive ex-patriot. Not only is Israel scared of Iran, as they damn well should be, so is Saudi Arabia and many of the other Muslim nations. Nothing worse than a lefty ex-patriot putting down America from Canada.

December 5, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
librul said...

Have no fear, Nuc, Arnold and his AIPAC horde are all puffed up because Israel is living on borrowed time. He and his ilk point across the pond in all directions trying to whip up war frenzy against any sovereign nation that resists Amerika and is a threat to Tel Aviv. The threat is always from "over there" somewhere. But the people "over there" are not the ones with 762 military bases around the globe. They are not the ones with black ops forces assassinating people and fomenting political unrest in dozens of countries. They are not the ones who have undercut self-determination for millions of people while preaching about democracy. They are not the ones indescrminiately killing people with robots. They are not the ones who drum up war hysteria against countries they call dictatorships while attacking their own people with militarized police for exercising their "guaranteed" constitutional rights of free speech and assembly. They are not the ones who have stood idly by while the rich elites of the world have amassed huge wealth and cast a pall of poverty over millions while extolling the virtues of capitalism to the gullible. The truth is out, Arnold. The empire is naked. Crawl back under your slimy rock.

December 5, 2011 at 8:14 a.m.
conservative said...

I recently watched my friend's little meek and humble mother cat go after a very large dog when it came near her babies. Israel may be small but she will protect her young even if abandoned by Obamination. The UN ( useless notion ), is just that. They hate Israel just as much as America.

December 5, 2011 at 8:37 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Israel has a relatively short window to find a way to exist within her neighborhood or she will become a memory. The US military might will wane over the coming years without an economic/growth turn-around that depends on cheap energy...ain't gonna happen. Without US backing, Israel will be slowly squeezed by the unreality that her creation imposed in the Middle East.

That Arnold, is the longer term reality.

December 5, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
acerigger said...

As the Middle East threatens to explode and the crisis between Iran and the West escalates, one question which policy makers in London and Washington do not seem to ask themselves is: What lies behind Iran’s deep suspicion of the West? Writing in the Independent, Robert Fisk reminds us of the essential answer. A country humiliated and pushed again and again is a country radicalized and distrustful.

Iranians have been repeatedly humiliated, their resources stolen and they blame the West. In 1941, the British and Soviet armies invaded the country for oil and a supply line to the Allied forces in the Second World War. Then a plot by the British intelligence agency MI6 and the American CIA overthrew Iran’s elected government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq in 1953.

For more than a quarter century thereafter, the West enabled Shah Reza Pahlavi to rule the country with an iron fist. He was finally deposed in the 1979 Islamic revolution. The West then helped Iraq’s Saddam Hussain, who invaded Iran, in a war in which as many as a million Iranians died or were wounded and chemical weapons were used by the Iraqi army on Iranian troops. cont.

December 5, 2011 at 4:21 p.m.
acerigger said...

More than two decades on, we know where the recent sanctions are coming from. Killings of scientists and academics and mysterious explosions in different parts of Iran are much more difficult to explain. In Britain, the regulators have threatened Iran’s Press TV broadcasts with closure whereas the Chinese and Russian channels operate freely. Iran’s national character has been shaped by many traumatic experiences for which the country holds the West responsible.

Explosive drivers in international relations such as these have a high price tag. Many diplomats seem to know it, politicians do not. The world after the Cold War is driven by crises largely because skilled diplomacy has been sidelined by rough politics. We live in a world where leaders are many, but leadership is scarce. Having spent their moral and material capital, war is an increasingly desperate option for declining powers. History of savage conflicts follows an all too familiar pattern. Leaders who do not heed what happened before is to guarantee childish decision making.;Deepak Tripathi

December 5, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
LibDem said...

The good news is that coming off the incredible success of the Iraq and Afghan wars, we are ready to go. "Should the United States or Israel launch military strikes to take out Iran's nuclear sites?" Somehow this sound so familiar. Deja vu all over again.

December 5, 2011 at 5:10 p.m.
conservative said...

CONnuck--

Don't you know that Israel will not be destroyed or defeated? Don't you know that the borders of Israel will one day be enlarged according to God's word? Don't you know that Christ will one day return,set up his promised kingdom and that Israel will co-rule over the nations?

December 5, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.
librul said...

Whup! - SILENCE, Conservathug is holding a seance!!!

December 5, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.

Response to nucanuk, saying that Iran would not bomb the United States or any other country is about the same as saying terrorist would not ever strike them as well. Wait do you remember 9/11, it is that same mentality that is running Iran now. If you do not like protecting our country by any means necessary I am sure you would be loved there.

December 5, 2011 at 10:10 p.m.
nucanuck said...

l or l,

9/11 wasn't pulled off by a country and had it been, that country would have been quickly and thoroughly anihilated. Even if Iran had a bomb and could deliver it, they have no ability to invade the US.

The US is destabilizing the Middle East, not the local leaders that we love to demonize.

December 6, 2011 at 1:37 a.m.

No but it was pulled of by men supported by a country and it's leaders. The same fools that are now leading Iran who support terrorism. Like I said if you hate it so bad then please leave.>

December 6, 2011 at 1:40 a.m.
acerigger said...

lovetheusaorleave said...

"No but it was pulled of by men supported by a country and it's leaders" And that country happens to be Saudi Arabia,not Iran!

December 6, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.

I did not say it was Iran said it was the same type of leaders that are now in place in Iran and they do support and finance terrorism!!

December 6, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder. We are in their neighborhood and have been there for a long, long time. How should a culture respond to the virtual occupation by another culture?

Think about it.

December 6, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.
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