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To: Molly Pitcher
The Russians and Chinese are already sending signals that they will allow Iran to endlessly drag out the process. Even if we do get sanctions imposed on Iran, they will undoubtedly be weak. And even if they are strong, the mullahs will not give up the glory and dominion (especially over the Arabs) that come with the bomb in exchange for a mess of pottage.



I take issue with Charlie's description of the run-up to the Iraq War and the whole cowboy/unilateralism/multilateralism thing. Caall me retarded or stupid or whaatever term you like, my recollection of the run-up to the start of the Iraq War was a wasted 6 months at the UN playing the multilateralism game to no avail. The UN wanted to continue issueing pointless resolution after pointless resolution. Bush saw that it was a waste of time and took necessary action.

I give Krauthammer credit with the quoted passage, however, I think he fails to clearly see the end game. China and Russia may be indicating that they won't wait forever, but the question is, if we wait on them, how long will they wait? The day after Iran uses a nuclear weapon to wipe out Tel Aviv, or Haifa, or Jerusalem, or Baghdad, or someplace else is too late. The multilateralism game only gets us in bed with weak-kneed "allies" who are more afraid of getting Iran and the rest of the ME mad at them, than the consequences of a nuclear attack by terrorists using an Iranian produced nuclear device. This is a poker game with very terrible stakes on the table. If the wrong player blinks, we are all in big trouble.

3 posted on 08/25/2006 5:08:15 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DustyMoment
The multilateralism game only gets us in bed with weak-kneed "allies" who are more afraid of getting Iran and the rest of the ME mad at them, than the consequences of a nuclear attack by terrorists using an Iranian produced nuclear device.

The weak-kneed "allies" have a considerably larger population of muslims in their countries and it could be difficult for them to suppress and internal uprising of these muslims with their troops elsewhere.

7 posted on 08/25/2006 7:47:42 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather?)
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