Question asked of Jerusalem Post columnists: "After Bush and Ahmadinejad faced off at a distance at the UN General Assembly in New York, presenting their case to the world, can a winner be declared midway through this nuclear row?" For all replies, see "Burning Issues #2: Who is ahead, Bush or Ahmadinejad?"
What happens at the United Nations has little importance. As time passes and the lack of international solidarity becomes ever-more evident, negotiations over Iran's nuclear program become increasingly irrelevant.
Put differently, the Iranian regime wins every day that goes by in which no operational steps are taken to prevent it from preparing, building, and weaponizing nuclear armaments. We are heading to a point where the only real question is whether George W. Bush (or, perhaps, his successor) permit or prevent the Iranians to acquire the bomb. (September 21, 2006)