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It’s time to get tough with Iran (By Sarah Palin) ^ | December 21, 2010 | Sarah Palin

Posted on 12/21/2010 4:28:02 PM PST by Clyde5445

Iran continues to defy the international community in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons. Arab leaders in the region rightly fear a nuclear-armed Iran. We suspected this before, but now we know for sure because of leaked diplomatic cables. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia "frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program," according to these communications. Officials from Jordan said the Iranian nuclear program should be stopped by any means necessary. Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt saw Iran as evil, an "existential threat" and a sponsor of terrorism. If Iran isn't stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons, it could trigger a regional nuclear arms race in which these countries would seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

That wouldn't be the only catastrophic consequence for American interests in the Middle East. Our credibility and reputation would suffer a serious blow if Iran succeeds in producing its own nuclear weapons after we've been claiming for years that such an event could not and would not be tolerated. A nuclear-armed and violently anti-American Iran would be an enormous threat to us and to our allies. Israel in particular would face the gravest threat to its existence since its creation. Iran's leaders have repeatedly called for Israel's destruction, and Iran already possesses missiles that can reach Israel. Once these missiles are armed with nuclear warheads, nothing could stop the mullahs from launching a second Holocaust. It's only a matter of time before Iran develops missiles that could reach U.S. territory.

Even without nuclear weapons, Iran has provided arms used to kill American soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran is also the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. It has shielded al-Qaeda leaders, including one ofOsama bin Laden's sons. Imagine how much worse it would be for us if this regime acquired nuclear weapons.

Toughen up

President Obama once said a nuclear-armed Iran would be "unacceptable." Yet, Iran's nuclear progress still continues unchecked. Russia continues to support Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors. It also continues to sell arms to Iran — despite the Obama administration's much-touted "reset" policy with Russia. The administration trumpets the United Nations sanctions passed earlier this year, but those sanctions are not the " crippling" ones we were promised. Much more can be done, such as banning insurance for shipments to Iran, banning all military sales to Iran, ending all trade credits, banning all financial dealings with Iranian banks, limiting Iran's access to international capital markets and banking services, closing air space and waters to Iran's national air and shipping lines, and, especially, ending Iran's ability to import refined petroleum. These would be truly "crippling" sanctions. They would work if implemented.

Some have said the Israelis should undertake military action on their own if they are convinced the Iranian program is approaching the point of no return. But Iran's nuclear weapons program is not just Israel's problem; it is the world's problem. I agree with the former British prime minister Tony Blair, who said recently that the West must be willing to use force "if necessary" if that is the only alternative.

Standing with the people

But we also need to encourage a positive vision for Iran. Iran is not condemned to live under the totalitarian inheritance of the Ayatollah Khomeini forever. There is an alternative — an Iran where human rights are respected, where women are not subjugated, where terrorist groups are not supported and neighbors are not threatened. A peaceful, democratic Iran should be everyone's goal. There are many hopeful signs inside Iran that reveal the Iranian people's desire for this peaceful, democratic future. We must encourage their voices.

When the brave people of Iran take to the streets in defiance of their unelected dictatorship, they must know that we in the free world stand with them. When the women of Iran rise up to demand their rights, they must know that we women of the free world who enjoy the rights won for us by our suffragist foremothers stand with our sisters there. When Iranians demand freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom to simply live their lives as they choose without persecution, we in the free world must stand with them.

We can start by supporting them with diplomacy and things such as radio broadcasting, just as we did with those who suffered under the former Soviet Empire. Most of all, we should support them with confidence in the rightness of the ideals of liberty and justice.

Just as Ronald Reagan once denounced an "evil empire" and looked forward to a time when communism was left on the "ash heap of history," we should look forward to a future where the twisted ideology and aggressive will to dominate of Khomeini and his successors are consigned to history's dustbin.

- Sarah Palin

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
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To: I_Like_Spam
Unfortunately, with Obama at the helm, I think war is inevitable.

Yeah but probably not with Iran. Something a little closer to home.

21 posted on 12/21/2010 6:28:23 PM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: M-cubed

Sarah will have numerous challenges upon taking office in 2013. Not the least being military aggression from barbaric nation-states that underestimate the ability of a red blooded American woman who stands for what she believes in. Pity the mullahs and the fools that follow them.

22 posted on 12/21/2010 6:34:39 PM PST by Robert Teesdale
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To: Republic
I believe we are already paying a huge price for the ineptness and immaturity and cowardice of our very own ‘Toom Tabard’.

You will get no argument here.

23 posted on 12/21/2010 6:34:52 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Clyde5445
Without China and Russia aboard, the only solution is a military solution.

However, China and Russia must be told that if we have to go military, Iran will become an exclusion zone for US financial interests.

That said, there's a side of me than can see Chinese and Russian points of view. Namely, Iran is the only state of the Persian Gulf that is not fully aligned with the US or under it's direct military control and complete dependent upon the US financial and military infrastructure.

Same issue exists in east Asia...we have complete alignment with Korea, Japan, the Pacific Islands, Philippines, Taiwan and Australia.

Then again, they ARE commies...

24 posted on 12/21/2010 6:35:02 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: Clyde5445
"King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia "frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program," according to these communications."

Ok Abdullah, why don't YOU do something about it? Oh yeah, I forgot that you Saudis are Wahabbi's; you see America as the Great Satan as well. So why should YOU take control of the Middle East when you can get the infidels to do it? It's not like you don't have the military or the money not to do SOMETHING!

25 posted on 12/22/2010 5:06:47 AM PST by misharu (I am an Independent Conservative who caucuses with the Republicans (for now).)
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To: Clyde5445

Just to be curious, I fed Sarah’s speech through a website giving me the grade level of her writing. The results: 9th grade.

I then ran Obama’s speech on 31 August about Iraq through the same website. The results: 8th grade.

It’s interesting that the smartest man in the world speaks at an eighth grade level. Just sayin’.

26 posted on 12/22/2010 3:32:52 PM PST by redpoll
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