And all this talk of talking with the bad guys has only served to encourage them still further.
What is needed now is decisive action, and fast, to slap them down and put the radicals back in their place.
A massive American air assault on Iranian nuclear installations would do just the trick. It would not only set back Teheran’s atomic ambitions for years to come, but also serve as a resounding display of US will and resolve.
A strike on Iran would amount to a reversal of the Shi’ite surge that is now taking place throughout the region. It would take the wind out of the Iranian leader’s apocalyptic sails, and it would have a noticeable impact on the sectarian violence now raging in Iraq, too.
Syria, Hizbullah and others would take notice, and America’s ostensible Arab allies – all of whom are Sunni – would certainly welcome a blow against the dangerous Iranian regime. Stopping Iran in its tracks is the great challenge of our day. For the sake of the entire Western world, and the future of the Jewish people, we can only hope and pray that President Bush will rise to the occasion and do what needs to be done.
“Had Britain stopped fighting in May 1940, Hitler would have won his war,” wrote historian John Lukacs in Five Days in London. “He was never closer to victory.” The same now holds true of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who may be just months, or even weeks away from crossing the nuclear point of no return.It was Churchill himself who once said, “I never worry about action, only inaction.” As a result, he led his nation and the civilized world to victory.
Mr. President, may that now become your motto too.
Such talk will give the appeasement press a collective heart attack. Freund’s blog is here: Fundamentally Freund.