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Even if Mr. Obama gets Congress‘ approval for a limited strike, not only will it do little to change the game on the ground, but with America and the West openly showing that they are weary of war, our enemies will continue to test our resolve.

This brings us to the gravest threat in the region, which could possibly destabilize not only world peace, but the global economy: Iran’s illicit nuclear program. More than 10,000 centrifuges are enriching uranium daily while a heavy-water plant capable of producing plutonium as a second path to nuclear weapons is moving toward completion — and this when the regime has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the region.

The recent show of weakness by America and the West over Mr. Assad’s alleged chemical attack on his own people has the Iranian regime’s tyrants thinking that their path to nuclear weapons is guaranteed.

Imagine what life will look like after nuclear weapons are in the hands of the radicals and then those arms proliferate to Hezbollah, Mr. Assad and others. America must not let this happen.

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of “A Time to Betray” (Simon & Schuster, 2010).