Iran Can't Have its Yellow Cake
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of November 6, 2006
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Thank goodness, the elections are behind us.
Too much mudslinging. Not enough serious talk about the big challenges we face in the new century.
One of the biggest is Iran.
Iran has rejected the international community's demands to stop its nuclear weapons program.
Instead, it watched North Korea cross the nuclear threshold. It wants to follow suit.
It flaunts the missiles it's developing to threaten neighboring countries.
Moreover, it's the leading state sponsor of terrorism, involved in attacks from the Middle East to Argentina.
And it squashes the rights of reformist politicians, activist students, independent journalists and secular teachers.
Iran feels strong these days because-guess what?-it's got oil and thinks it has the world over a barrel.
So, yes, these elections are over, but the challenges aren't.
It's high time to face our dangerous energy dependence squarely. And we'll need to continue working closely with other nations to let the Iranians know they can't have their yellow cake and eat it too.
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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.