Saturday, December 18, 2004

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: A snapshot of Iran, before the difficult decisions

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: "A snapshot of Iran, before the difficult decisions
Sun-Gazette Editor
At some point in time the United States may have to confront Iran, because of that hardline regime’s apparently implacable hatred of America. When and if that happens — and we pray that it does not — claims no doubt will be made that Iran posed no threat to the United States.
But Iran’s radical Islamist rulers have made it clear that they support terrorism. More evidence was provided recently, when about 200 masked young people, both men and women, gathered at a Tehran cemetery to whip each other into suicidal frenzies. Those present pledged to be willing at any time to carry out suicide bomb attacks against Americans in Iraq and against Israelis.
Iranian officials claimed that they have no link with the terrorist organization that sponsored the gathering to form the “first suicide commando unit.” But official denials ring very hollow in Iran, where no such organization could exist for long without official sanction or at least tolerance. The fact that, on the same day, a 6-foot stone column honoring terrorists who killed 241 U.S. Marines in a 1983 bombing attack in Lebanon was unveiled also confirms the Iranian government’s support of terrorism.
Clearly Iran, which at this moment is working to develop nuclear weapons, is a threat to peace in the Middle East. Events in Tehran prove that there is a very definite link between Iran and terrorism.

Section: Editorial Date Posted: 12/18/2004
As appearing in Saturday - December 18, 2004 edition of The Sun-Gazette"

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