With the Denver and Minnesota conventions around the corner, the 2008 presidential challengers should trade their potshots for perspicacity on an uphill battle to convince voters that national security is not just their campaign footnote.
The threat of Iran’s atomic energy program is becoming a hazardous reality as the rogue nation edges nearer to inking the Free World’s autopsy report.
Hillary Clinton brags about using deadly force against the Persian Gulf nation, and Barack Obama favors “opening dialogue” with its murderous ranks, but, either way, the future president of the United States will have no choice but to address, if not fully reconcile, one of the world’s most fanatical regimes.
Emotionally volatile, socially regressive and morally bankrupt, Iran is a gloomy anachronism and paradox of its illustrious past, reviling freedom, eschewing change and lacking diplomacy. It is a canker sore waiting to erupt as it stealthily perfects its destructive capabilities and amplifies its nuclear arsenal – a point that has not been capitalized upon by Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama nor John McCain, who near dismiss it as a jutting thorn in the distant horizon.
Iran possesses key nuclear facilities: Bushehr on the southwestern coast, in the making since 1974. abandoned during the Islamic revolution, revived in the 1990s and now under re-construction with the aid of Moscow, which began supplying it with canisters of enriched uranium last December.
The Nuclear Technology Center Technology in Iran’s third largest city of Esfahan, is the epicenter of the national nuclear weapons program to manufacture uranium ore into three forms: uranium oxide to fuel reactors (reportedly not the type Iran is building); hexafluoride gas utilized in gas centrifuges; and metal, frequently used as the heart for nuclear bombs. The metal conversion alarms the International Atomic Energy Agency because Iran’s reactors do not need it as fuel.
Arak, located 150 miles south of Tehran in Central Iran, is a heavy water facility, whose secret existence was unearthed in August 2002 by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and confirmed four months later by satellite images from the US-based Institute for Science and International Security; heavy water is an agent used to produce plutonium for nuclear bombs.
Natanz, 150 miles south of Tehran, boasts uranium enrichment operations capable of producing nuclear weapons, and enjoyed a hermit’s existence until 2002 when its location was disclosed by Iranian exiles. This may just be the tip of the dangerous iceberg.
Hostile to freedom, Iran continues to flout international law and advance, largely unchecked, towards amassing and wielding ultimate power in the Middle East, leaving the Free World grasping at straws to dam the huge potential for peril.
Clinton states without confidence about “obliterating” Iran if the need arrives. Obama delicately theorizes about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: “We can trace, track down and take out terrorists while ensuring that our actions are subject to vigorous oversight.”
Neither sanctions nor carrots have thwarted Iran’s atomic dreams into becoming a planetary nightmare. That task falls squarely on the shoulders of mainstream Muslims, who should stop being led through the nose and start kicking up their heels at their thugs.
In the meantime, whoever lays claim to the world’s most influential office for the next four years should remain mindful that Iran is atoms away from manufacturing and making good on its malice. Let the cramming begin for Hill, Bam and Mac on an extremist nation that consorts with our enemies, chants, “Death to America” in its parliament and smears Israel as a “disgraceful blot” that should be “wiped off the map.”
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