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Deterring Tehran

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Submitted by Dan Rusen (Canada), May 9, 2006 at 14:40

I am afraid that this is starting to sound a lot like the liberal appeasers who like to think that some sort of statesmanship or sanctions will have an effect on the Islamofascists that run Iran. Nothing could be further from the reality. Iran is a wealthy nation and it is hardly short of supporting voices around the world.

After dismissing the airstrike option Dr. Pipes closes by saying that Iranians should somehow be convinced of the "terrible repercussions for them of defying international consensus". This is a cop out. What terrible repercussions? The hatefilled monsters who rule over there have scant respect for 'economic sanctions', let alone empty gestures served up by the UN. It is another rerun of the appeasement process that democracies always seek to employ before taking seriously threats by our sworn enemies...after they begin to implement their horrifying agendas.

The removal of the nuclear threat ( which could be done by giving advance warning of the attack and thus without harming any humans) is a grand gesture which would serve notice to the rest of our Islamic enemies that we are serious about protecting our way of life. If America and the West have to take arms against an intractable enemy for years to come, so be it.

Dr. Pipes has been stunningly brilliant in his ability to ferret out the plans, names, and devices of our Islamic enemies; but never has he followed up with a call to arms against these, our own international and domestic enemies, the way he has encouraged Israel to do. Dr. Pipes, the time for that clarion call has come.

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