Monday, 09 June 2008

President Bush Targets Iran and Syria at Mideast Summit

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Iran mapIs President Bush planning a military strike against Iran (and perhaps Syria too) before leaving office? The administration’s internationalist neoconservative advisers continue to push for it, as does the neocon talk-radio chorus. The president gave some telling nods in that direction during his recent Middle East trip.

Speaking to the Israeli Knesset on May 15, President Bush declared: “America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. Permitting the world’s leading sponsor of terror to possess the world’s deadliest weapons would be an unforgivable betrayal for future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”

On May 18, Bush repeated the message in his speech to the leaders of business and government attending the World Economic Forum at Egypt’s Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheihk. “We must stand with the good and decent people of Iran and Syria, who deserve so much better than the life they have today,” said President Bush. “Every peaceful nation in the region has an interest in stopping these nations from supporting terrorism. And every peaceful nation in the region has an interest in opposing Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. To allow the world’s leading sponsor of terror to gain the world’s deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”

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