- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

According to an editorial in The Washington Times, “An Iranian atomic bomb is imminent” (“Green light to bomb Iran,” Opinion, Tuesday). That being the case, the Israeli-Saudi Arabia detente is hardly surprising, given Tehran’s vow to wipe Israel off the map. The overfly deal will allow Israeli warplanes to attack nuclear facilities in Iran. If the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate is true — that Iran will have nuclear capability as early as next year — the Israelis are prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend their homeland.

As The Times puts it, “It’s a shame the United States once again is relying on Israel to be the chief agent for nuclear counterproliferation in the Middle East. But so long as Washington does not get in the way, that probably is the best option.” The Israeli destruction of the nuclear facilities in Iraq and Syria serves as a warning that Tehran’s nuclear ambitions may have serious consequences in the foreseeable future. There is a green light after all.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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