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To Stop Iran's Nuclear Program, West Must Join to Defend Israel
Iran and its resurgent nuclear program poses the most direct threat to the State of Israel, so in order to dissuade Tehran from going ahead with its enrichment activities, the West must first and foremost present a United front in defense of the Jewish State.
By Franco Venturini
August 8, 2005
For the West, two crucial issues increasingly
accompany discussions of how to fight Islamic terrorism and address apprehension
over new attacks. What is to be done with
The West’s uncertainty is well-founded,
but this should not paralyze us, especially after the electoral victory of
the hawkish [Iranian President] Mahmud Ahmadinejad. What is actually at stake
in the nuclear face-off with Tehran, even though the fact is often overlooked, is the
vital security of the state of
The second issue concerns the divisions within Islam, and how we should tackle them. Here, too, there is often confusion between Islamic communities in our societies and the nations of the Islamic world. On the former, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa has in this newspaper put forward a simple, effective formula. The dividing line between moderate immigrants, who should be integrated, and extremists, who should be rejected, mist lie exclusively in their compliance or non-compliance with the rules of communal living which we call laws, and which forbid the mere incitement to violence.
But is there a moderate Islam in this world?
Currently, the language of politics classifies as moderate Islamic States
that are not prejudicially anti-Western. If we adopt this definition, the
answer to the question is obviously “yes.” If anything, we have to hope that
Those who deny this are not just ignoring
the still-significant list of moderate Islamic countries. They are also implying,
Is this in the West’s interest? The prevailing opinion now appears to be no, after the dialogue-seeking initiatives of Tony Blair, and the American second thoughts [over troop reductions?], reported without denial in the Financial Times.
The greatest risk we face is that two opposing extremisms may feed on one another.