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December 3, 2013

Our view: Nuclear deal with Iran is no guarantee of peace


What’s worrisome is that the deal talks about the right of Iran to engage in uranium enrichment, rather than demanding it shut down its nuclear program altogether.

In return for what appears to be no nuclear concession at all, Western nations will start to lift economic sanctions, beginning by unfreezing Iranian assets locked up overseas.

The short-sightedness of the signatories to this arrangement is clear: Iran gets what it wants on sanctions and will continue with its uranium enrichment ambitions while playing a game of “dodge the inspectors” until it either has the bomb-grade uranium it needs in hand or the technological ability to produce it in a short time.

And once the Iranians have the bombs they want, all deals will be off the table.

That bodes ill for Israel, which as the only stable, democratic nation in the Middle East ought to be able to count on solid U.S. support. Instead, the Obama administration has tossed Israel aside as it grasps at straws dangled by the clerics in Tehran. Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad promised to “wipe Israel off the map.” Ahmadinejad is gone, his promise unfulfilled. But the new regime offers little better. CNN reports that during the negotiations in Geneva, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei referred to Israeli officials as not even humans and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “the rabid dog of the region.”

While honest nations honor their agreements, rogue states like Iran feel no such compulsion. While the U.S. and its allies rejoice at the thought of “peace in our time,” the Iranians will continue their march toward the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

When Iran has The Bomb, its use will be determined not by a rational consideration of threats and consequences but by the fevered dreams of religious fanatics.

That prospect ought to send fear into the hearts of anyone who values peace.

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