Friday, January 20, 2006

Terrorist Attack in Tel Aviv Traced to Iran and Syria

And so it begins! The first signs of cooperation between Iran and Syria against Israel were yesterday’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, and it won’t be the last. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bashar Al-Assad released a joint press statement saying: “Continuing the resistance is the only way to restore the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation and put an end to the occupation of holy Islamic lands.” Not exactly comforting words, huh?

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz indicated that “Damascus is the only place where the Iranian president is still welcomed.” While that may be true today, don’t bet on it being true tomorrow. The Iranian nuclear program, and the potential of an Iranian nuclear bomb, significantly elevates the image of Iran in the Middle East. This power will make Ahmadinejad a welcome guest in any Islamic nation.

Every day that the US and other Western powers show their potential weakness in Iraq is a day that Iran grows stronger in the eyes of the other Islamic nations. The thought of an Islamic country that has the power to directly combat the Western nations is the dream in the Middle East. And the stronger Iran is perceived to be, the more chance that Islamic countries will ally with the vastly-fundamentalist nation.

This is only the beginning. Between our futile efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and our lack of effort to cease the Iranian nuclear program, we are heading towards a very dangerous situation. Bush has to find a way to stop this now, and change the direction we are heading, before the situation gets out of control.

Posted by Scottage at 11:21 AM / | |