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Another Reason to Bomb Iran

By Michael Freund
11/14/2006, 12:00 AM

While everyone has been focused, and rightly so, on the danger that a nuclear Iran would pose to the future of Israel and the West, there is another side effect of the international community's ongoing inaction that has been largely overlooked.

And that is the arms race that will inevitably result throughout the Persian Gulf, and the entire Middle East, should Tehran be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.

Indeed, the first signs of it have already begun to appear.

Iran_nuclear_poJust yesterday, at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, six Arab states - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates – all declared that they too now have atomic ambitions, and would like to obtain the technology necessary to start producing nuclear energy.

Of course, they were quick to insist that it would be for "peaceful purposes" only, but no one can really take this claim very seriously.

Why the sudden interest in nuclear research? Well, it really isn't too hard to guess the answer: all six of the countries involved live within range of Iran, which is busily speeding forward with impunity towards joining the nuclear club.

In other words, by allowing Iran to go nuclear, the world is setting the stage for a mad arms race throughout the entire region, as country after country seeks to protect itself from the threat posed by atomic ayatollahs.

It should be clear what this would mean – not only for the safety and security of Israel, but for that of the entire Western world.

Just one more reason why it is time for the US and/or Israel to bomb Iran, sooner rather than later…..