The hour is growing late, and the time has come for the world to stand up and be counted before it is too late. Iran is dangerously close to developing a nuclear weapon. Talk is cheap, and someone needs to put the money where the mouth is. Who will it be?
Russia, France, Spain, Japan, China, England and many other countries have publicly stated their concerns over a nuclear-equipped Iran. The U.N Security Council has passed resolutions demanding the immediate halt of Iran's uranium enrichment programs. The world seems resolute in not allowing Iran to acquire nukes. Will they now join the United States and Israel in drawing the line in the sand and stating without reservation, Iran must stop?
To do less will result in Iran meeting its goal. They will have at their disposal a nuclear device, which placed into the hands of Iran's terrorist friends like Hezbollah, Hamas and al-Qaida, will forever change the world. To quote my dear friend and co-author Dr. Jerome Corsi, "terrorists do not stop pile nuclear weapons; they use them." Don't think for a moment Iran will stockpile nukes for defensive purposes. Mr. Ahmadinejad has made it clear he wants to destroy Israel and America. Give him a nuke, and he can cause a lot of damage acting on his delusion.
The world today needs to unite to stop Iran. Sanctions and resolutions are great, but Iran must hear one message from the world. One voice united informing Iran that a coalition of the willing, stretching from Beijing to Bakersfield, is prepared to send a military force into Iran to stop the enrichment programs if they continue. Iran is no match for a world coalition. And in the aftermath, the world will collectively take responsibility. Not Israel and America alone.
The liberals on the left want negotiations. Iran wants nukes. The world wants stability. Who is going to achieve their goal? Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. What is it going to take to get that fact through the heads of all those who are operating in the fantasy that Iran will negotiate in good faith?
So what will it be Mr. Putin? You say an atomic Iran is unacceptable. Are you willing to send in Russian troops to disarm the pipsqueak in Tehran? How about it Wen Jiabao? Are you willing to send a few soldiers from your hundred million-man Army in China? How about the royal Saudi family? Are they willing to send money to finance the operation?
America, Israel and Great Britain, along with our list of allies fighting the war on terror, are willing to stop terrorism wherever it may be. If the world is serious about fighting terrorism and stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons into the hand of terrorists, they need to sign on and make it clear to Iran, Syria and any other supporter of terrorism that the time has come for them to stop or be stopped.
If anyone in the world balks at getting involved, it is clear they are not serious about fighting terrorism. Our president made it clear Jan. 29, 2002, in his State of the Union address. He laid it out in very specific terms: "Our nation will continue to be steadfast and patient and persistent in the pursuit of two great objectives. First, we will shut down terrorist camps, disrupt terrorist plans and bring terrorists to justice. And, second, we must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek chemical, biological or nuclear weapons from threatening the United States and the world."
He went on to add, "My hope is that all nations will heed our call, and eliminate the terrorist parasites who threaten their countries and our own. Many nations are acting forcefully. Pakistan is now cracking down on terror, and I admire the strong leadership of President Musharraf. But some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will."
President Bush made it clear where we stand as a nation. Democrat and Republican alike supported the president and his clear position against the terrorists. I didn't see Harry Reid, Biden, Durbin, Pelosi or anyone on the Democrat side disagreeing with the president. Do they still agree, or have they changed?
If they have changed, then they should stand up and be counted. Otherwise, step aside for the dirty job of ridding the world of vermin terrorists must move forward.
I didn't hear anyone from Russia, China or Europe taking issue with our stand on terrorism. So today is the day and now is the time. Is the world going to stop Iran? The world knows where we stand. Our president, despite the attacks from politically motivated and power-hungry critics, has not changed his position since Jan. 29, 2002. The stench of the burning rumble at Ground Zero has never left the nostrils of our president. He remembers the images of people jumping to their death to avoid being consumed by terrorist-ignited flames.
So where are the nations on the greatest threat the world has faced since Adolph Hitler? President Bush made it crystal clear in his address to a joint session of Congress and the American people Sept. 20, 2001. Nine days after we tasted the true intention of Islamic terrorism. The rubble was still smoldering when he said, "Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. â€¦ This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom." "An attack on one is an attack on all. â€¦ The civilized world is rallying to America's side. They understand that if this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be next. Terror, unanswered, can not only bring down buildings; it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments. And you know what â€“ we're not going to allow it."
So what will it be? Will it take buildings falling in Moscow and Tokyo? The world knows where Mr. Bush stands. They know where Israel stands. They know where I stand. The only unanswered question is where does the rest of the world stand â€¦ and, oh yes, the Democrats.
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