A non-delegable duty

The Jerusalem Post reports that a high-ranking intelligence official of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has concluded that it is too late to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons through diplomacy. According to the IDF official, “The way it looks now, it is doubtful that the United Nations and the international efforts will succeed in stopping Iran.” Yet, in the next breath the same official says, “it is now time for a diplomatic process with sharp teeth,” meaning sanctions.

Caroline Glick provides a more realistic view. Whether we are talking about ordinary diplomacy or efforts to impose sanctions, the core problem is the same:

[T]he US has placed the responsibility for meeting what it has itself admitted is the greatest threat to global security in the hands of nations that do not share its assessment of Iran. By seeking Security Council action on Iran, the US has delegated the power for contending with the Iranian nuclear threat to China and Russia which have both assisted Iran in developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

This will not do. Now that Iran has thrown down the gauntlet, it’s time for the United States to take back control of its interest in preventing the world’s most dangerous regime from attaining the most dangerous weapons know to man.


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