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Jewish World Review
Nov. 15, 2006
/ 24 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766
Mr. President, don't snooze on Iran again
Richard Z. Chesnoff
When they met Monday, President Bush reportedly urged Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to postpone any plans to launch a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities urging the Israelis to keep supporting a political solution, at least for now.
No doubt, plenty of people on Capitol Hill are nodding in agreement. In their newly found catbird seats, Democrats are repeating their calls for diplomatic "engagement" with Iran. That's a lesson they claim they've learned from the war in Iraq.
It's long past time everyone got their heads out of the sand and took a long, hard look at reality. Because practically speaking, all these calls for dialogue only give Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs more time to stall.
As it is, some intelligence experts believe that Iran may be as little as six months away from "the point of no return" the stage of nuclear know-how after which nothing can stop them from churning out A-bombs.
Iran recently began enriching uranium in a new, advanced network of centrifuges. And Iranian television proudly announced that Iran had test-fired missiles including the long-range Shihab-3, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead more than 1,000 miles enough to hit U.S. troops.
Remember, this country is led by a man who openly and brazenly calls for the annihilation of the state of Israel.
Don't fear-monger, the Democrats suggest. Just get "the world community" to ratchet up pressure. Roll out a tough new sanctions regime. But France, China and Russia all of whom have strong economic ties to Iran keep doing all they can to block serious sanctions. Russia is even building an Iranian nuclear plant at the Persian Gulf city of Bushehr and defending its major sale of "defensive" weapons to Tehran.
I guess it's come to this. People who are in the business of dialogue senators and diplomats will call for dialogue. And as long as they do, people who are in the business of making atomic bombs Ahmadinejad and his friends will keep doing their thing.
It's understandable that the U.S. isn't eager to risk a new military endeavor in the Middle East. But in the end, we may have to support one by the Israelis. That would not, by itself, snuff out Iran's nuclear potential. But at least it would show them the free world means business.
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The Arrogance of the French
This book will open your eyes!
Why do the French hate America? Richard Chesnoff has figured it out and informs us with entertaining clarity.
France sucks, but this book doesn't.
Michael Barone, Co-author, The Almanac of American Politics
Americans-and the French-will learn a lot from this book.
Clifford D. May, President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Richard Z. Chesnoff insightfully-and entertainingly-explores America's most dysfunctional relationship with America's least reliable ally.
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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff is a contributing correspondent at US News & World Report, a columnist at the NY Daily News and a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Demoracies. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. His latest book, is "The Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us & Why The Feeling Is Mutual". (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR. )
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