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Jewish World Review
Jan. 31, 2006
/ 2 Shevat, 5766
Sanction — before it's too late
Richard Z. Chesnoff
The Mideast mess just gets messier. Last week's Palestinian election win by the Islamist terrorist party Hamas was bad
enough. Now we face a growing nuclear threat from the Islamo-facist regime in Iran.
Let's not make any mistakes here. The Mad Mullahs of Tehran want a nuclear weapon and despite a flood of international
objections, they continue investing mega-millions of their oil money in developing and building one. Once a nuclear bomb is in
their hands, Iran will use it — or the threat to use it — to advance its radical agenda.
That includes recent promises by Iran's new inflammatory President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "to wipe Israel off the map" and
"to produce a world without America," something this thug/politician swears is both "attainable, and surely can be achieved."
The Iranian leader's "intelligence adviser," Hassan Abbassi, has obliged us with more specifics. A stunning new policy paper
from the Washington-based anti-terrorism Committee on the Present Danger, includes quotes from Abbassi detailing "a
strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." The committee, which is led by the likes of Sen. Joe
Lieberman, former Secretary of State George Schultz and former CIA head James Woolsey, says Abbassi boasts that "we
must make use of everything we have on hand to strike at this front by means of our suicide operations or by means of our
To ignore such blatant threats would be as foolish as ignoring Adolf Hitler's threats when he first published "Mein Kampf."
So what can be done? Pleas from the UN, the United States, the European Union and even China for Iran to limit its nuclear
activities have gone unheeded. Even a proposal by Russia to accommodate Iranian energy ambitions by having Moscow
monitor Iranian nuclear waste so it can't be used for weapons development has been rejected by Tehran up until now.
Some believe that only military action will stop the Iranian nuclear march. Rest assured, contingency plans have already been
drawn up in more than one world capital — Israel's included.
But there are other options. One, suggested by the Committee on the Present Danger's policy paper includes a series of smart
sanctions — economic embargos and restrictions that target the Iranian leaders, not the Iranian people.
For example: some 35% of Iran's lucrative import-export business is directly controlled by corrupt mullahs and their crooked
minions who've grown fat on oil and business profits. Put the squeeze on them.
Another would be to create an international tribunal that would gather evidence and begin to try the mullahs for human rights
offenses against their own people, not to mention their ongoing open support of terrorism.
The Iranians have begun moving government funds out of Western financial institutions. But they can't hide them everywhere.
There is also a desperate need to increase open support for legitimate Iranian opposition groups. The global fight with Iran is with its government, not its long suffering people. Iran doesn't need war. It needs a regime change.
The din of the alarm is deafening. Putting our fingers in our ears would be a tragic mistake, one we could all live to regret — if we survive.
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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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