The Nov. 27 “Talk Beats War: Give the Iranian Deal a Chance” column by PG associate editor Dan Simpson is an odd exercise in naivete and a barely disguised antipathy toward Israel.
The accord with Iran, already beginning to unravel, is a joke. In return for repairing its tattered economy from sanctions, Iran is allowed to continue enriching uranium and continue to operate its plutonium plant at Arak at any time. This virtually ensures that Iran will get the bomb it wants and will likely lead to, rather than prevent, war. Lest one think that this terrorist nation, vowing to destroy another country one-tenth its size will be responsible with its nuclear program, consider that the North Koreans attempted to sell a reactor to Syria shortly after they themselves cheated on an accord. The Israelis fortunately destroyed it in 2007 with barely a whimper from anyone. Think of Bashar Assad with an atomic bomb!
The Iranians will almost certainly transfer their atomic secrets to their terrorist proxies, if not menace the area and the world with nuclear blackmail itself. Given the inevitable subterfuge of the mullahs, it is worth recalling Churchill’s words after Munich, which this “deal” actually does resemble: “ ‘Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.’ ” and “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”