Skip to comments.Bush: Threat of World War III if Iran goes nuclear
Posted on 10/17/2007 2:00:08 PM PDT by 300magnum
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush warned on Wednesday a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to World War III as he tried to shore up international opposition to Tehran amid Russian skepticism over its nuclear ambitions.
Bush was speaking a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has resisted Western pressure to toughen his stance over Iran's nuclear program, made clear on a visit to Tehran that Russia would not accept any military action against Iran.
At a White House news conference, Bush expressed hope Putin would brief him on his talks in Tehran and said he would ask him to clarify recent remarks on Iran's nuclear activities.
Putin said last week that Russia, which is building Iran's first atomic power plant, would "proceed from the position" that Tehran had no plans to develop nuclear weapons but he shared international concerns that its nuclear programs "should be as transparent as possible."
"The thing I'm interested in is whether or not he continues to harbor the same concerns that I do," Bush said. "When we were in Australia (in September), he reconfirmed to me that he recognizes it's not in the world's interest for Iran to have the capacity to make a nuclear weapon."
Bush, who has insisted he wants a diplomatic solution to the Iranian issue, is pushing for a third round of U.N. sanctions against Iran.
Russia, a veto-holding member of the Security Council, backed two sets of limited U.N. sanctions against Iran but has resisted any tough new measures.
Stepping up his rhetoric, Bush said a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a "dangerous threat to world peace."
"We've got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel," he said. "So I've told people that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."
PUTIN'S "SPECIAL MESSAGE"
Iran rejects accusations it is seeking to develop a nuclear bomb, saying it wants nuclear technology for peaceful civilian purposes such as power generation, and has refused to heed U.N. Security Council demands to halt sensitive uranium enrichment.
Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was quoted by Iran's official IRNA news agency on Wednesday as saying that Putin had delivered a "special message" on its atomic program and other issues. No other details were given.
Putin's visit on Tuesday was watched closely because of Moscow's possible leverage in the Islamic Republic's nuclear standoff with the West. It was the first time a Kremlin chief went to Iran since Josef Stalin in 1943.
Asked about Putin's "special message," U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said he was not aware of any deal or offer put forward by Moscow to Tehran over the nuclear program.
On Russian opposition to Caspian Sea states being used to launch attacks against Iran, Casey reiterated that Bush kept all his options on the table but that the United States was committed to the diplomatic path with Tehran.
(Additional reporting by Frederick Dahl in Tehran and Sue Pleming in Washington)
Spoken like someone who truly has no clue what’s going on over there.
“Actually a student of history would instantly recognize that the war went well. The peacekeeping operation in Iraq has gone moderately OK as well by historical standards.”
The problem with your analysis is that it is correct, and half of America and the entire Democratic leadership, and its MSM enablers, think it is heresy.
Putin is not your friend.
"V'hinei, tzfir ha-izzim ba min ha-ma'arav al pnei kal ha-aretz..."
It must be taken out.
Mr. President, World War III lasted from 1946-1991. We lost over 110,000 men in that fight.
The War against (Islamic) Terror is World War IV.
Whether the world gets on board or not, it is time for the bombing to begin. Soon it will be too late.
And if someone smuggles a nuclear weapon across the southern border and detonates it in one of our cities, all hell will break loose. Count on it.
I could have thought Four myself. What am I missing?
Well it appears some people have trouble with their counting. There hasn’t been a WWIII ... yet.
World War III was the Cold War.
praise the ford!
will bush bot send a fleet of starships to pick us up?
And IV? How does one define IV in such a way that the described "V" would be distinct from it?
Just riffing off the Podhoretz book — if WW4 is already underway, a new war would be 5.
So you are expecting IV would end before Iran deploys its nukes?
If you consider IV to be underway now, I would expect it would most likely still be underway when Iran steps things up.
“Again I ask - How do you fit all of the armies of the kings into this small area?”
give them blue helmets and make them an international force... representatives of each king...
then keep sending them... wave upon wave.
Praise GOD that...
President BUSH has promised...
Freedom’s return to:
Communist North Korea
..as well as..
Freedom’s arrival to:
All the Countries of the Middle East
...as America’s own best self defense against future terrorist attacks here at home.
BUSH = TRUMAN
Does this qualify for the End Times Ping List?
I’ll ping them and they can decide if it’s worth their time.
imho, it’s sure worth prayer.
WOULD ALSO APPRECIATE PRAYER FOR MY BODY . . . fighting off something—fever, aches, . . .
Thanks in advance.
cold wars don’t count as “world wars.” 40 million died in ww1. 70 million in ww2.
should have done it before today.
Thanks for the ping!
hey quix you got my prayers for your body. My daughters got a bit of a flu right now, too.
BTW Watched President Bush tonight on cspan....Prayers are needed.
Greatly appreciated on all counts.
Nostradamus said they wore blue turbans.
AND IS SHE PISSED!
I'm sure you have access to the Presidential briefings each day, the FBI, CIA and other intel. So I guess I'll have to take your characterization as fact. Thanks for your insight.
Your on my list Quix. Feel better soon.
No I don’t have access to this supposedly golden information provided by the agencies you cite. ButI do know from public sources that we’ve lost nearly 4,000 of our best young men and women, that thousands of others hve been maimed, that the most talented Iraqis have left the country, that this war will cost at least a trillion dollars, and that it has rendered the US dollar, the world’s reserve currency, increasingly worthless. All for what? To depose a worthless dictator who was no threat to the US and actually posed a bulwark to Iran? I don’t need a “presidential briefing” for any of this information; perhaps Mr. Bush and the “Bushbots” should take notice of a few publicly available facts.
He was wrong ... WWIII was fought with everything from pistols to physics and engineering laboratories. The USSR lost.
Thanks to your prayers and God’s Grace,
am feeling much better this morning. PRAISE THE LORD.
THANKS ENORMOUSLY. This is my three-hours-at-one-whack class day.
I think you are taking things far too literally.
There are dozens of locations cited in the Bible which have been discovered and verified in recent years.
Why “interpret” a Bible whose prophesiers have been fulfilled and will continue to be fulfilled.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel, or the Bible.
Well, I don’t see too many ‘Armies of Kings’ floating around in this day and age. So that tells me that you are indeed interpreting the Bible to mean something. So tell me who what you ‘interpret’ to be the ‘Armies of Kings’. Last I looked, America did not have a king, neither did Iran, Israel, Russia....etc. That would mean you are interpreting the Bible’s meaning a little bit.
Putty-put talks out of both sides of his mouth. Mr. Bush should never trust the Russians. He SHOULD know, if he reads his Bible as I believe he does, that Russia and Arab Nations will come against Israel to try and destroy her. But God will intervene. We need to be sure the US protects our sister nation.
Michelle I so glad to hear you think that way; when can I swear you, and your kids in? Or are you only pro-war if someone else does the fighting?
“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Albert Einstein
Actually, just a quick battle in WW IV.
Ammunition, vitamins, burn cream, canned food, water purification, bandages, antibiotics, windup radios (store in a wire mesh cage), shovels and picks...
Revelation. This has to pass, so we should not fear for rejoice! God’s plan is unraveling right before our eyes. Our Savior Jesus Christ will come. Iniquity is at its end. Satan seeks to destroy God’s creation by any means possible, only the devil would come up with something like scorched earth policy. When the world finally goes on nuclear war mode God will stop the destruction, and Judgment Day will take place. We should be happy to see the end of this system, an imperfect one that as time passes it turns more evil in the name of enlightenment. I pray I get to see Jesus our Lord come down from the Heavens.
Fair enough. But just so you know, Jesus does not actually want us to cut out our eyes.
Armageddon is where "decisive" battles were fought. So, when all the kings of the earth meet for the last decisive battle it refers to Armageddon figuratively. That is my understanding.
A lot of times when we are trying to describe an event to others we use something that paints a vivid picture. A good example of that would be your screen name.
Are you sure. His Father had people do some painful things in the OT. Are they leaps of faith?
Last time I checked, Jesus wasn’t a nit.
The cold war included:
bay of pigs
various central american civil wars and military actions
berlin air lift
and probably a few others I’m forgetting.
proxy armies fighting here and there and other low level conflicts don’t add up to a real world war. Otherwise you’d attribute world wars to Alexander, Napoleon and a lot of other people throughout history.
A real world war would be NATO vs Soviet Union directly. The best of the best vs the best of the best. That war would’ve been very costly and would’ve certainly involved the use of nukes.
I don’t even think this whole “war against islam” could be considered a world war. Iraq had the strongest army of all the arab/muslim countries and it didn’t take that long to fall.
What I am really concerned about is if North Korea and China somehow joined forces and declared war. They are the ones with the most developed military compared to any of the other bad guys (Syria, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, etc)