The Road to
Congressman Judge Ted Poe (TX-02)
Washington, Jul 10, 2008
Itís official. Iran now
is capable of firing long-range missiles into southern Europe,
Israel, and at U.S. troops in the Middle East.
This story broke yesterday morning when news agencies all over the
world reported that Iran successfully test-fired nine medium- to
long-range missiles with ranges of 1,200 miles or more that could
carry nuclear weapons.
Iranian leaders say these
supposed to send a message to the United States and to Israel. The
message: Iran has no problem attacking if they so desire.
The world is threatened by North Korea, Syria, and Iran, all
developing nuclear capabilities while denying they have mischief in
mind. The most dangerous, of course, is Iran.
The administration claims that the U.S. is determined to prevent
Iran from threatening U.S. interests. But what does that mean? We
have heard that line before. We've heard it the last time the U.N.
imposed sanctions and told Iran to straighten up or else. And Iran
just ignored the U.N. and the United States.
It's pretty clear that Iran's aggressive weapons development is part
of a calculated plan to destroy their enemies. Unfortunately, the
U.S. and Israel are at the top of Iran's hate list.
The LA Times recently
reported that the little fellow from Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
said, ``The Zionist regime of Israel is about to die and will soon
be erased from the scene.'' And, ``The time for the fall of the
satanic power of the United States has come, and the countdown to
annihilation has started.''
The devil of the desert, Ahmadinejad, is preaching hate and murder,
which puts the rest of the world in danger as well. For those folks
who might be willing to give Iran the benefit of the doubt, let's
take a walk down memory lane and consider some of the recent facts.
In August of 2002, allegations were made that Iran was building a
uranium enrichment facility, a component necessary for nuclear
weapon technology. In December of 2002, satellite images confirmed
the site. Then, after being caught in 2003, Iran agreed to allow
U.N. inspectors in the country to inspect their facilities. But
shortly after the inspections, Iran removed the inspectors' cameras
and began nuclear development again.
In September of 2003, more enriched uranium was found. Caught again.
In October, Iran pledged that if they could develop peaceful,
civilian nuclear technology, they would suspend uranium enrichment
activities. However, less than a month later, we learned that Iran
didn't hold up to their end of the bargain. Big surprise! They lied
and were caught again.
In 2004, we learned from the United Nations inspectors that Iran
violated obligations under the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, and had
been doing so for 18 years. Then Iran refused to allow U.N.
inspectors back into their country. In 2005, Iran finally permitted
U.N. inspectors to conducted limited inspections and, only after
Iran had enough time to sanitize the facilities, were the inspectors
allowed in the country.
Then, at the end of 2005, an agreement to suspend uranium enrichment
was broken when Ahmadinejad became President. Iran started its
nuclear program once again. In 2006, the U.N. ordered Iran to
suspend enrichment. Iran did not comply. Later that year, the U.N.
issued another order demanding that Iran stop enrichment, and Iran
refused, and rejected even an incentive package.
The U.N. passed more resolutions demanding that Iran suspend its
enrichment, and all have basically been ignored. Not only has Iran's
dictator been stubbornly defiant in complying with these
international demands, he has openly mocked U.S. attempts to keep
Iran from developing nuclear technology through diplomacy.
In fact, just recently one of Iran's military commanders was quoted
as saying that Iran's, ``hands are always on the trigger and
missiles are always ready to be launched.'' Do those gunslingers
sound like the kind of people we can with reason with? How many more
United Nations resolutions have to be issued, how many more
sanctions imposed? How many more chances are we willing to give this
trigger-happy regime? It's pretty clear what we are doing now is not
So the question is: Does the United States have a plan to deal with
this crisis, or are we going to have to wait for Iran to deploy a
nuclear missile before we wake up and realize that we need a plan.
The U.S. intelligence community says that Iran can have nuclear
weapons as early as 2010. That is just 2 years away. We already know
Iran has long-range missile capability. Put those two together and
our world is in a rude awakening very soon.
Iran is not a joke. It's a threat to the whole world. The government
of Iran and, more importantly, the American people need to know what
the United States' position and plan is. We know what Ahmadinejad's
plan is. It's full of malice toward the United States and Israel and
his intentions are fatally bent on mischief.
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