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With a Whimper, Not a Bang

By on 1.12.06 | 8:26AM

T.S. Eliot was wrong when he wrote, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.” The whimper precedes the bang, as it now does regarding Iran. The Iranians this week removed the seals the IAEA placed on its Natanz nuclear facility, vowing to resume immediately their “research” into nuclear technology. And the best the leaders of the west can do is vow to sometime soon perhaps think about bringing Iran before the UN Security Council to seek economic sanctions to compel the most dangerous terrorist nation in the world to see the error of its ways.

This pallid response of timorous men would be laughable were the threat not so serious, or the time to deal with it not so short. Before the Security Council can take up any resolution on Iran, there will be many debates about what it should accuse Iran of, what sanctions can best be imposed without inconveniencing any “innocent” nations that may be its trading partners (i.e., Russia and China) and just what will the Arab nations do if ever a vote is taken? When the Security Council takes up any resolution on Iran, Russia and China will take turns denuding the resolution’s terms of any meaning. That each has a veto prevents any serious action. And that’s before

France weighs in with its poetic narcissism. The UN will never take action, far less effective action, to deny the Iranian terrorist regime nuclear weapons.

We have as little as six months to deal with Iran to preclude its nuclear armament campaign, and as much as two years. In truth, no one except the Iranians (well, perhaps the Russians and the Chinese) know how long it will be before Iran has nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them as far as Western Europe. The EUnuchs will not defend themselves. Which leaves it to us, or to Israel.

But Israel, lacking stealth aircraft, cannot get past the double-digit SAMs the Russians are selling Iran. The TOR-M1 phased array radar includes the Gauntlet SA-15 missile. Only B-2s and F-117s can survive attack missions where TOR-M1 is in play. Unless one wants to resort to ICBMs. So what is left?

America is left, holding the bag as usual. We have heard the president say again and again that we will not permit Iran to have nuclear weapons. But they will soon, unless we act sooner. And when they do, the world will be safe only for Islamic terrorism. 

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