Wednesday, May 20, 2009
News Talk Online May 20, 2009: Iran Missile Launch Unnerves Many
Nuclear plant in Iran
Iran's missile launch, on the heels of President Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has many wondering about the timing. And concerned that, if Iran is successful in developing nuclear weapons, that it now has the capability to launch a nuclear missile that could reach Israel or southern Europe.
Coincidentally, a team of U.S. and Russian scientists are predicting that Iran will, if not otherwise impeded, create a nuclear warhead within the next five years.
There's an ever-increasing chorus among some Israelis, Americans and others to take preemptive action against Iran. And perhaps that will be necessary, sooner than some may have previously expected.
But, hopefully, President Obama's plan for diplomacy and sanctions will work. If he is successful in uniting the Arab world against Iran - and is able, with its help - to take the Palestinian issue, which Tehran has been exploiting, off the table, he may be successful. Imagine both a Middle East peace and an isolated Iran!
The president should be encouraged to continue pursuing this dream. But he needs to be pragmatic, as well, about the possibility that it may have to be someday abandoned for a military approach. Waiting too long, and letting Iran develop a nuclear weapon, is a mistake that the world cannot, and should not, accept.
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