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What's to be Done about Iran?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Updated: Jan 18, 2006

What's to be Done about Iran?

January 12, 2006

Something must be done about Iran…and soon. The country’s president has said Israel should be wiped off the map and the holocaust is a myth. He has nullified Iran’s agreement not to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran is known to be developing a long range missile capable of striking Israel. If it is allowed to launch such a weapon with nuclear warheads, the result would be a catastrophe. Surely a nuclear armed Israel would respond in kind and there would be the potential for millions to be killed. Arab nations, of course, would blame Israel, even if it engaged in self defense.

Will the UN do something? Will the International Atomic Energy Agency declare Iran in violation of international law and agreements and refer the matter to the security council for immediate action? Probably not. The IAEA’s Nobel peace prize-winning chief, Mohammed el Baradai says only that the “international community” is “running out of patience.” Will Iran tremble at such words? Hardly.

Iran is making a serious mistake, but it calculates the West will either do nothing, or the something it does will benefit the fundamentalist revolution. Tough choices, but a choice must be made.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.

What's to be Done about Iran?