Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Wolf Could Not Blow Down the House Made of Stone

Thirty years of negotiations with Iran and we are brought to the brink with a Nuclear armed Iran. Thugs are called thugs because they do not obey the laws of civilized behavior. We have had 3 decades of all kinds of governments appeasing Iran and what they did, in fact, was embolden Iran as they saw that the West was weak and ineffectual. Now, the danger we are in is that we a have a weak president who is not taking this existential threat seriously. Like the story of the Three Little Pigs and the wolf...the only house that withstood the assaults by the wolf was the one built of stone. We have a house built of 30 years of hot air and war can be the only outcome.

The Obama administration's talks with Iran—set to take place tomorrow in Geneva—are accompanied by an almost universally accepted misconception: that previous American administrations refused to negotiate with Iranian leaders. The truth, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last October at the National Defense University, is that "every administration since 1979 has reached out to the Iranians in one way or another and all have failed."

After the fall of the shah in February 1979, the Carter administration attempted to establish good relations with the revolutionary regime. We offered aid, arms and understanding. The Iranians demanded that the United States honor all arms deals with the shah, remain silent about human-rights abuses carried out by the new regime, and hand over Iranian "criminals" who had taken refuge in America. The talks ended with the seizure of the American Embassy in November.

The Reagan administration—driven by a ...

...Thirty years of negotiations and sanctions have failed to end the Iranian nuclear program and its war against the West. Why should anyone think they will work now? A change in Iran requires a change in government. Common sense and moral vision suggest we should support the courageous opposition movement, whose leaders have promised to end support for terrorism and provide total transparency regarding the nuclear program. READ at WSJ.

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