Why Iran Nuclear Program Must Stop

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Someone recently asked me: Why the concern about Iran's nuclear program?

After all, he said, other countries have nuclear weapons, so what's the big deal?

In fact, it's a very big deal.

An Iranian bomb changes the equation.

First, it could trigger a Middle East arms race. Other countries wouldn't sit by.

If they could, they'd try to match it.  And if they couldn't, they might fall under Iran's sway.

Second, Iran might share its know-how with kindred spirits – from Hamas and Hezbollah to Venezuela.

Third, no one can be certain if Iran would use the bomb. 

Are Iran's leaders, fueled by messianic Shiite fervor and the quest for so- called martyrdom, rational actors?

That's why Iran poses today's biggest foreign policy challenge.

It is U.S. policy to stop Iran from getting the bomb.

To date, though, we haven't found the way.

Time is not our friend.

With Washington's leadership, we must find the way.

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This is David Harris of AJC.
Date: 5/14/2010
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