Remove Iranian Nuclear Threat Before It’s Too Late

Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 11:29 AM

By Tawfik Hamid

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Iran is getting closer to developing nuclear capability that may allow it to develop a nuclear bomb. Such a development not only will threaten the Middle East but also will have grave consequences for the security and the stability of the entire world.

The U.S. and European approach is failing; using economic sanctions and engaging Iran via diplomacy did not halt the nuclear ambitions of Tehran.

Time is crucial — and as it passes, it works to the benefit of the Iranian regime and increases Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear bomb. Unless we improve our strategy, we will awake one day soon to ominous headlines.

A nuclear bomb in the hands of civilized nations that respect the value of human life is vastly different from one in the hands of a theocratic Islamic regime that shows no such respect for human life.

The Iranian theocratic regimen continues to justify the brutal killing of people if they convert from Islam to another faith or for having sex outside marriage or for having a different sexual orientation — and it should not be entrusted with having a nuclear weapon.

Many may believe that the Iranians will need years to develop long-range missiles to be able to reach the United States and Europe and that our strong anti-missile system will be able to protect us from this threat. But the Iranians are likely to use another but more destructive tactic to paralyze the free world.

The Iranians simply can focus on smuggling nuclear bombs to the major cities in the West and inform the Western countries that Iranian nuclear bombs are already inside major cities.

In this scenario, these bombs will be like a cancer ready to spread all over the world. The panic and paralysis would be unimaginable. The Iranians could demand anything from the West, and Western governments would be in a very difficult position to refuse any of these demands as it will put them at a risk of massive loss of life.

Retaliating against Iran would be futile.

We need to look no further than successful drug smugglers to realize our porous borders (and those of European countries) provide the means for smuggling nuclear weapons into major cities.

Then there is the fear factor: Once the Iranian regimen develops a nuclear bomb, mere rumors that it could smuggle atomic bombs inside some of the key cities in the world such as New York City, Washington D.C., or London can have a major psychological impact that can result in devastating economic consequences.

Similarly, smuggling nuclear bombs into areas of oil production in Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries can cause chaos in the world’s markets and economy. The Iranians could use this psychological warfare and threaten to explode such bombs at any time to paralyze the free world and create a situation where the Iranian mullahs impose their will on others.

It is well known in medicine that attacking the primary cancer before it metastasizes is much more effective than trying to treat it after it metastasizes. Waiting for the Iranian nuclear cancer to metastasize is simply bad judgment that can ruin the future of the world.

Surgical strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities are likely the best way to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, especially after the proven failure of other approaches. We must protect the world from a global catastrophe.


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