Palin: It’s time to get tough with Iran

By Gov Sarah Palin, Op-Ed in USA Today

Ted Belman. I don’t like her beginning, “Iran continues to defy the international community…..”, because Israel is always being accused of the same. Palin should not be giving any credence to the idea that a nation has a legal or moral duty to accept the will of the international community.

Iran is proceeding in violation of international treaties which she has signed. Israel has not violated any treaties. Even the idea of “violation of international treaties” is a slippery slope. Normally we accept the rule of law and an independant unbiased legal system to determine if an obligation has been breached. But in international affairs, there is no rule of law or courts which can be trusted to deliver a just verdict. What passes as law is what the international community says is law or a violation. But as we know, Israel hasn’t broken any law that she is accused of.

So what distinguishes Iran from Israel? They are both accused.

Now they are both members of the United Nations whose function is to keep the peace. The UN Security Council can decide if a member’s actions are a threat to world peace and whether to use force to stop her. So the will of the international community is not adherred to. Only the unanimous agreement of the Permanant Members od the SC will decide to use force or sanctions. Thus the veto becomes all important. A small member must have a patron to protect her or she doesn’t stand a chance

Iran continues to defy the international community in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons. Arab leaders in the region rightly fear a nuclear-armed Iran. We suspected this before, but now we know for sure because of leaked diplomatic cables. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia “frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program,” according to these communications. Officials from Jordan said the Iranian nuclear program should be stopped by any means necessary. Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt saw Iran as evil, an “existential threat” and a sponsor of terrorism. If Iran isn’t stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons, it could trigger a regional nuclear arms race in which these countries would seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

That wouldn’t be the only catastrophic consequence for American interests in the Middle East. Our credibility and reputation would suffer a serious blow if Iran succeeds in producing its own nuclear weapons after we’ve been claiming for years that such an event could not and would not be tolerated. A nuclear-armed and violently anti-American Iran would be an enormous threat to us and to our allies. Israel in particular would face the gravest threat to its existence since its creation. Iran’s leaders have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction, and Iran already possesses missiles that can reach Israel. Once these missiles are armed with nuclear warheads, nothing could stop the mullahs from launching a second Holocaust. It’s only a matter of time before Iran develops missiles that could reach U.S. territory.

Even without nuclear weapons, Iran has provided arms used to kill American soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran is also the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. It has shielded al-Qaeda leaders, including one of Osama bin Laden‘s sons. Imagine how much worse it would be for us if this regime acquired nuclear weapons.

Toughen up

President Obama once said a nuclear-armed Iran would be “unacceptable.” Yet, Iran’s nuclear progress still continues unchecked. Russia continues to support Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactors. It also continues to sell arms to Iran — despite the Obama administration’s much-touted “reset” policy with Russia. The administration trumpets the United Nations sanctions passed earlier this year, but those sanctions are not the ” crippling” ones we were promised. Much more can be done, such as banning insurance for shipments to Iran, banning all military sales to Iran, ending all trade credits, banning all financial dealings with Iranian banks, limiting Iran’s access to international capital markets and banking services, closing air space and waters to Iran’s national air and shipping lines, and, especially, ending Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum. These would be truly “crippling” sanctions. They would work if implemented.

Some have said the Israelis should undertake military action on their own if they are convinced the Iranian program is approaching the point of no return. But Iran’s nuclear weapons program is not just Israel’s problem; it is the world’s problem. I agree with the former British prime minister Tony Blair, who said recently that the West must be willing to use force “if necessary” if that is the only alternative.

Standing with the people

But we also need to encourage a positive vision for Iran. Iran is not condemned to live under the totalitarian inheritance of the Ayatollah Khomeini forever. There is an alternative — an Iran where human rights are respected, where women are not subjugated, where terrorist groups are not supported and neighbors are not threatened. A peaceful, democratic Iran should be everyone’s goal. There are many hopeful signs inside Iran that reveal the Iranian people’s desire for this peaceful, democratic future. We must encourage their voices.

When the brave people of Iran take to the streets in defiance of their unelected dictatorship, they must know that we in the free world stand with them. When the women of Iran rise up to demand their rights, they must know that we women of the free world who enjoy the rights won for us by our suffragist foremothers stand with our sisters there. When Iranians demand freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom to simply live their lives as they choose without persecution, we in the free world must stand with them.

We can start by supporting them with diplomacy and things such as radio broadcasting, just as we did with those who suffered under the former Soviet Empire. Most of all, we should support them with confidence in the rightness of the ideals of liberty and justice.

Just as Ronald Reagan once denounced an “evil empire” and looked forward to a time when communism was left on the “ash heap of history,” we should look forward to a future where the twisted ideology and aggressive will to dominate of Khomeini and his successors are consigned to history’s dustbin.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008.

December 21, 2010 | 7 Comments »

Subscribe to Israpundit Daily Digest

Leave a Reply

7 Comments / 7 Comments

  1. HCQ writes:
    I generally can’t stand Palin, as she wants everyone to see her as such a warrior

    You can’t stand a “warrior”? You sound like someone who voted for Imam Obama. How does one go off “half cocked” against a threat that everyone has been tap dancing around for a decade or more? You want Iran “lit up” but object to someone who says the same thing? What are you smoking, with all due respect?

    What makes you think Sarah Palin is not a warrior? Did you know they called her Sarah the Barracuda in high school, and she has been kicking ass in everything she has done ever since? Did you know that she took down the most powerful oil barons and politicians in Alaska, some from her own party, on charges of cronyism and corruption when she was Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation, and even had some of them convicted? These were the kinds of people who would have crushed a less resolute person than Palin.

    Don’t let her drop-dead gorgeous exterior fool you. This is the real deal who will pull the trigger when necessary without dithering like Imam Obama who took EIGHT MONTHS to respond to a request for more troops in Afghanistan and then gave them fewer that they had asked for. That is a dangerous kind of leader, especially for the world’s only real superpower.

    This is the closest thing we have had as a warrior politician in America in a long time, and if she and Col. Allen “Kick Ass” West can hook up as a political team, we may see Iran returned to their pre-Persian civilization if they so desire.

  2. I generally can’t stand Palin, as she wants everyone to see her as such a warrior(read: way too much to prove and liable to go off half cocked)oh and I love the whole “international community” bit; even Reagan believed an enlightened humanity should better temper it’s desire to rush to destructive ends. That being said, I think the USA needs to light Iran up like a Xmas tree. I understand there are Iranians trapped inside that truly desire to overthrow their loony leadership, but my fear of a mushroom cloud over any part of Israel outweighs my sympathy for the Iranian population. A nuclear arms race in a region which hosts some of the world’s nuttiest residents also plays a part in my fear for the future safety of the Jewish state.

  3. Ted,

    UNO or no UNO, I am fairly certain nobody will actually go so far to try using armed force on a nation that has hundreds of nuclear and thermonuclear weapons, and which, if cornered, could in fact destroy a large part of what remains of the world’s oil supply. Remember what Sharon once said: “The Arabs have the oil, but we have the matches”.

    The North Koreans get away with such policies all the time, and South Korea is a hell of a lot more significant to the rest of the world than a bunch of hollering and gesticulating stateless Arabs in Gaza, Hebron and Tulkarem.

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI