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Apr 18, 2006 1:18 pm


OUR OPTIONS ON IRAN



The front page of the Financial Times has a picture of young Iranians signing up to become suicide bombers.

Amir Taheri, an Iranian emigre journalist, points out the obvious, "Dithering Won't stop Iran's Nukes." You could have fooled me. Bill Clinton said he used to ask if he can bomb them tomorrow and when told he could, he waited for tomorrow. 9/11 was the result. Here are the real options:

The Middle East is passing through the most decisive moment in is history since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The options are clear. One is to let the Khomeinist regime dominate the region and use it as the nucleus of an Islamic superpower which would then seek global domination. The other is to go for regime change in Tehran as a strategic goal. (A third option - creating an Irano-American co-dominium in the region - might not be acceptable to the Arabs and Turkey, let alone Israel.)

All three options are hard to contemplate, especially for the United States and its European allies - powers that wish to set the global agenda but are reluctant to fight for it. The problem is that by refusing to stand up against the Khomeinist regime now, the Americans and Europeans (and their allies in the Arab world) may later have to fight an even bigger and costlier war against a nuclear-armed foe.

You wish to know how some fifth guard Islamists living amongst us feel? click here.




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