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Facts and Logic About
the Middle East
P.O. Box 590359
San Francisco, CA 94159
May 18, 2005
Friend of FLAME:
As you know, Iran is governed by Islamic fundamentalists---people, like
Osama bin Laden, who believe the world should be governed by Islamic
theocracies. These Islamists have no problem killing countless numbers
of other people, including their own suicide jihadists, and utterly
destroying symbols of Western society (like the World Trade Center)
to accomplish their ends. For decades Iran has hidden its program for
developing weapons-grade nuclear material, but now theyve come
defiantly out in the open. The Germans, French and English have been
negotiating with Tehran in the hopes of persuading the Iranians to abandon
their headlong path to nuclear weaponry, but even the patient Europeans
are becoming frustrated at Irans recalcitrance. So what are the
stakes here? How bad could it be if Iran acquires nuclear weapons? The
answer is, unspeakably horrible. Indeed, there is no greater threat
to the worlds survival than a nuclear-armed Iran . . . and time
is growing short to prevent this eventuality.
The editorial below, from Israels leading newspaper, HaAretz,
lays out the stakes and the options. To get even more depth on this
frightening subject, I strongly recommend you review FLAMEs recent
hasbarah (clarifying message), Iran and Nuclear Weapons:
What does the world, what does Israel have to fear? at
One thing is clear: We must urge our leaders to proceed with an iron
will in the face of Irans nuclear intentions. This theocracy simply
cannot be allowed to develop weaponry capable of setting off a worldwide
nuclear holocaust . . . since of all the worlds bad actors, none
is more capable of sacrificing everything---all of civilization---in
the name of God. Its a risk we cannot take.
Editorial, HaAretz, May 15, 2005
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The revolutionary Islamic regime in Tehran is trying to
buy time. A few days, until the end of the month, when the conference
reviewing the state of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty disperses.
A few weeks, until the middle of next month, when presidential elections
take place in Iran. A few months until they obtain sufficient enriched
uranium-fissurable material required to produce nuclear bombs and warheads.
The Iranians are prepared to use any trick, say anything, pretend as
much as their interlocutors desire, so long as time passes and they
can, one dark day, announce, as a fait accompli, that they possess nuclear
It's possible that Iran's objectives are purely defensive, deterrence
or political, but its authorities are threatening Israelworking
outright for its annihilation and operating proxies against Israel in
Lebanon, in the territories and in distant arenas.
Israel defers its concerns regarding powerful militaries in the region,
such as Egypt's and Saudi Arabia's, because of the pro-Western orientation
of the regimes in Cairo and Riyadh. Tehran already fulfills one of two
negative conditionsa hostile regimebut lacks the destructive
force to implement its designs. Israel, therefore, must not treat the
Iranian nuclear threat with complacency, as though it did not exist,
or as though the problem can only be handled by another party.
By its very existence, the Iranian threat justifies Israeli preparations
to frustrate it. As far as tactics are concerned, the [Israeli] government's
approach is correctnot to lead the global efforts to thwart the
Iranian threat. Iran constitutes a challenge to the international system,
which is founded on voluntary membership in regional and global organizations
and adherence to the charters of these organizations.
In contrast to India, Pakistan and Israel, which chose to preserve their
freedom of operation even at the cost of forgoing benefits and remained
outside the nuclear nonproliferation treaty club, Iran tried to gain
nuclear assistance for peaceful purposes as a member of the club, while
flouting its obligation and clandestinely working to acquire nuclear
weapons. North Korea did the same, until it withdrew from the club.
International acquiescence to Iran's conduct would shatter the framework
for the nonproliferation campaign. Additional countries would be quick
to conclude that they wouldn't suffer should they follow in its footsteps.
In the Middle East, the effect would be even more immediate and severe.
Israel wouldn't be the only one to find it difficult to do nothing.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey would identify an Iranian threat, at
least in terms of regional supremacy. Just as Iran attacked the Iraqi
nuclear reactor in the fall of 1980 and drew pleasure from the fact
that, after its failure, Israel came along and destroyed the reactor
in June 1981, so, unless it is stopped, a nuclear Iran would overshadow
the entire region.
The three leading countries in the European UnionBritain, Germany
and Franceare close to despairing of Iran's antics. The next stage
is a report to the Security Council, which would consider sanctions.
Only after these have been exhausted would it be time to use force,
American or otherwise. This is essentially the correct course of action,
whose weakness lies in the fact that, meanwhile, time is passing - and
the Iranian clock may be running faster than the world clock.
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