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Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

Tensions with Iran have moved into a more palpably dangerous phase than the ill-defined stand-off that’s characterized the past few years. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been crowing about Iran’s official defiance of the West’s calls to end nuclear development and Israel is reportedly holding attack drills over the Mediterranean and Greek territories. For those in the West who consider Iran a regional problem of little concern to the U.S., consider that American and Canadian intelligence agencies are reporting that Hezbollah, working with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, have just activated sleeper cells in North America and dispatched terror operatives to the U.S. Canada and Africa. From the Jerusalem Post:

According to the officials, Hizbullah wants to avenge February’s assassination of its operations head Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus, for which the Shi’ite group holds Israel accountable.


"They want to kill as many people as they can, they want it to be a big splash," former CIA intelligence officer Bob Baer, who claimed he met with Hizbullah leaders in Beirut last month, was quoted by ABC as saying. "They cannot have an operation fail and I don’t think they will. They’re the A-team of terrorism."

Despite the claims of Barack Obama and other proponents of talk with Tehran, the failure of Washington’s Iran policy is not one of intolerance but indulgence. While Iranian forces directly and indirectly delivered death to Americans soldiers in Iraq, the U.S. permitted Iran’s president to travel to New York City and make his case at Columbia University. While Ahmadinejad issued daily threats to Israel, President Bush merely spoke of the need to halt Tehran’s nuclear plans. Now, while Ahmadinejad takes his victory lap, the West has got around to proposing a package of incentives.

American complacence has led us right into the deadly endgame we face. Iran is on track to go nuclear and the "A-team of terrorism" is breathing down our necks. If we rightly refuse to go through the farce of talking to Tehran and wrongly refuse to attack their nuclear sites, how can it be said that "all options are on the table"? Some months back, the Bush administration decided there were really only two options. Since the one chosen-the incentives package-is stillborn, we’ve come down to the second: to pray for the success of Israeli operations.

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