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Iran Celebrates "National Nuclear Day"

By Michael Freund
4/10/2007, 12:00 AM

by the end of this year, the ayatollahs could very well have their hands on the ultimate weapon of mass destruction
This past Monday, April 9th, may just go down as a turning point in the history of the Middle East.

Just as he had been promising for months, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced a dramatic expansion of Teheran's ability to enrich uranium, triumphantly declaring the operation of 3,000 centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran.

Centrifuges – which spin and purify uranium gas – produce enriched uranium which can be used to build a nuclear weapon.

A few months ago, the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies estimated that once the 3,000 centrifuges become operational, it would take possibly as little as nine months for Iranian scientists to produce enough enriched uranium to make an atomic bomb.

And so, by the end of this year, the ayatollahs could very well have their hands on the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

No wonder that Monday was celebrated across Iran as "national nuclear day."

This cannot and must not be allowed to happen. Israel and the US simply can not stand by and watch as Tehran goes nuclear and threatens the entire civilized world.

The would-be Hitler of Persia has made clear that his goal is the destruction of the Jewish state and bringing the West to its knees. The only way to stop this march toward insanity is with military action – fast, furious and fierce. And soon.

Let's hope and pray that the leaders of Israel and the West have the courage and foresight to do what needs to be done, and to do it as quickly and as effectively as possible – before it is too late.