Iran's Nuclear Ambition

One of my favorite Web sites — Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) — is featuring a hot new item about the Iranians, who, as you know, are trying to get the nuke bomb.

MEMRI quotes the Iranian negotiator who is handling discussions with the U.S. and the European Union (search) about Iran's nuclear ambitions. This Iranian official said, according to MEMRI, and I quote, "The U.S. and the E.U. should get used to the idea of a nuclear Iran."

Now a nuclear Iran would have the ability to lob nuke bombs into Tel Aviv, Berlin and Paris the day the bomb was ready. That's because they've already got the missiles from North Korea that would make those world capitals in range. A little juice on the rockets and London might be on the possible list of targets.

Now I ask you, is that something the U.S. and the E.U. should "just get used to?"

Iran is, after all, the country that sponsors Hezbollah and other terror organizations. Iran is the country that thinks state-sponsored terrorism is a legitimate weapon and is, after all, a founding member of the Axis of Evil.

Yes, I do know we think quite highly of the Iranian people and we would like them to escape the domination of the mullahs. And, ultimately, a democratic Iran may be more protection for us in the West than anything else we're doing to keep the mullahs from getting the bomb.

But hoping the future turns out well is not a good strategy for right now.

We do have to do some things to keep Iran from getting the bomb and, obviously, I hope no one in the government is "just getting used to a nuclear Iran."

I can understand the Iranians saying that, but I wonder if they would understand us saying the Iranians might "just have to get used to" glowing in the dark.

There are some things neither of us wants to get used to. I don't know what their limits are, but I know I'm not ready to get used to mullahs threatening us with nuclear terrorism.

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