AJC Radio Message: Why Iran Nuclear Program Must Stop

May 17, 2010 -- New York – "Iran poses today's biggest foreign policy challenge," says AJC Executive Director David Harris in his national commentary on the CBS radio network. "With Washington's leadership, we must find the way
to stop Iran from getting the bomb." LISTEN.

All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

The full text of this week's commentary follows:

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.