It seems that most Americans are coming round to the view that the world cannot afford to allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
Messianic Iran is not the Soviet Union. If the Islamic fundamentalists of Iran get nuclear weapons, they may very well use them – either directly or by giving a dirty bomb to one of the terror groups they sponsor, such as Hezbollah or Hamas.
This report is from one of Japan’s leading papers: 52% of Americans support military strike against IranBy Takeo MiyazakiYomiuri Shimbun
October 31, 2007
More than half of likely voters in the United States would support a U.S. military strike against Iran to prevent it from building a nuclear weapon, according to a poll released Monday.
The poll found 53 percent of Americans believe it is likely the United States will be involved in a military strike against Iran before the November 2008 presidential election.
The nationwide telephone survey, conducted by polling firm Zogby International*, found 52 percent of U.S. adults interviewed would support such a strike.
In the months leading up to the United States’ imposition of fresh sanctions against Iran on Oct. 25, top officials of the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney, have issued a series of harsh remarks. Cheney said last week Iran will face “serious consequences,” if “it stays on its present course.”
* (Zogby, for those who don’t know, is one of America’s most trusted polling organizations.)
Meanwhile, the Sunday Times (of London) reports:
“The [British] Foreign Office has cleared dozens of Iranians to enter British universities to study advanced nuclear physics and other subjects with the potential to be applied to weapons of mass destruction.
“In the past nine months about 60 Iranians have been admitted to study postgraduate courses deemed ‘proliferation-sensitive’ by the security services. The disciplines range from nuclear physics to some areas of electrical and chemical engineering and microbiology.
“Additionally, figures obtained by David Willetts, the shadow secretary for innovation, universities and skills, show that in 2005-6, 30 Iranians were doing postgraduate degrees in subjects covering nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.”
So while the British government claims to be concerned about the Iranian nuclear threat, are they actually going to do anything to stop it?