Iran Now Presents the Greater Danger
By David Holcberg (Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2004)
In regard to your June 14 editorial "Coddling the Mullahs": Iran presents a much greater danger to the United States' security than did Iraq and Afghanistan.
Iran--as acknowledged even by the terrorist appeasers at the State Department--is the most active sponsor of terrorism in the world, supporting terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad. Moreover, Iran, alongside with Saudi Arabia, is the main source of Islamic fundamentalism and thus the principal ideological enemy of the U.S. and the free world.
Iran is openly developing a nuclear weapons program, and has gone as far as threatening to use its soon-to-be-produced nuclear weapons against Israel, America's only true friend in the region. If Iran's mad mullahs are willing to strike Israel, the "Small Satan," they would not hesitate to strike their arch-enemy, America, the "Great Satan."
President Bush was right when he said in his State of the Union Address in 2002 that "time is not on our side." He told the country and the world that he would not "wait on events, while dangers gather." But dangers have gathered and time is running out. President Bush should keep the promise he made in a speech at West Point two years ago: "The United States will, if necessary, act preemptively."
Reprinted with permission of The Wall Street Journal © 2004 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.