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The nuclear club has dues

Reader comment on item: White House Nonchalance toward the Middle East
in response to reader comment: Islamism and Nukes

Submitted by Pat (United States), Mar 21, 2006 at 16:37

Yet to some of us, well, maybe just one of us, Iran going nuclear is a far greater threat to America, and Israel, and all the Middle East, than Iraq - and accordingly, sadly, far more justifies pre-emptive military force.

After Iraq, not even a nuclear-armed Iran will justify pre-emptive military force. Not one more Coalition life should be sacrificed for the fecklessness of Europe and the UN and the Middle Eastern Muslim community.
It's obvious that Iran's neighbors are not bothered by its rhetoric and defiance of the world community. If they see nothing wrong, then why should we? If Iran's Muslim neighbors don't care that they will most likely suffer collateral damage in any attack by Iran, then why should we?

Would Iranians make the Middle East uninhabitable before making peace with Israel? Would they rather see Tehran destroyed than live in peace? Would they deliberately destroy the third holiest site in all of Islam? Would they willingly wipe out the Palestinians if it meant destroying Israel?

The answers to all those questions would seem to be "yes".

The US should not allow itself to be blackmailed or compelled to disarm Iran. Leave that to her MUSLIM neighbors or to Russia. Iran should realize, however, that being part of the nuclear club means you assume certain risks. Among them, is the safety and security of your armaments. You won't be able to evade responsibility by "losing" them to terrorists. Any attack anywhere in the world with an Iranian weapon of mass destruction might result in Iran's own destruction. If that doesn't bother you, then welcome to the club.

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