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John Edwards Talks Tough on Iran and Syria



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John Edwards… hawk? It appears that during a speech in Israel, he was temporarily possessed by the spirit of Michael Ledeen.

In his speech, Edwards criticised the United States’ previous indifference to the Iranian issue, saying they have not done enough to deal with the threat.

Hinting to possible military action, Edwards stressed that “in order to ensure Iran never gets nuclear weapons, all options must remain on table.”

On the recent UN Security Council’s resolution against Iran, Edwards said more serious political and economic steps should be taken. “Iran must know that the world won’t back down,” he said.

Addressing the second Lebanon war , Edwards accused the Islamic Republic of having a significant role, saying Hizbullah was an instrument of Iran, and Iranian rockets were what made the organization’s attack on Israel possible.

Edwards also discussed Syria’s recent calls for peace with Israel, saying that “talk is cheap,” and that Syria was not doing enough to prove it was serious.

The former senator also said that Syria has been a great source of destabilization in the area, from its support of Hizbullah and Hamas, to its relationship with Iran, and for this it should be held accountable.

And then the article says Edwards began his speech with generous praise for Ariel Sharon!

Refreshing to hear this from a Democratic presidential contender. I just wish we would hear more details on what those “serious political and economic steps” ought to be. And exactly how a President Edwards would hold Syria accountable.


Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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