To end Iran standoff, plan for war
Ahmadinejad will remain militantly defiant until he believes war to be imminent.
Talk is cheap, and so are sanctions.
“Six world powers are preparing to draft U.N. sanctions against Iran given the failure of high level talks so far to yield an Iranian promise to halt sensitive atomic work,” Reuters reports.
Actions speak louder than words, especially when backed up by threat of force.
If a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear problem is to be found, it is time for Washington to plan for war. Diplomats cannot break the current impasse simply by trying more aggressive diplomacy. Tehran will only change course if it believes it faces a credible threat for defying the will of the world.
Think about it. In recent months, as international diplomatic deadlines have come and gone – and the threat of sanctions has remained a possibility – Iran has only been emboldened. At the UN last month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Secretary General Kofi Annan that “Britain and America won the last world war, but they wouldn’t win the next one, Iran would.” …
… The truth is, war preparation is itself a form of diplomacy.
… The Iranian leadership’s misreading of Washington could prove just as disastrous. With the U.S. Army tied down in Iraq, Iranian officials believe the U.S. military is hamstrung. But the U.S. Navy and Air Force are not hamstrung.
Perhaps it is time to stage war games and exercises in the Persian Gulf and on Iran’s borders. The Iranian government should know what it is up against. Only the threat of force, and not the threat of UN finger-wagging, can persuade Tehran to stop spinning its centrifuges.