Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Demands Strength in Dealing with Iran

April 2009

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) congratulates the US government for its speed in showing a strong backbone in its recent dealing with Somali pirates.

The United States did not negotiate with the pirates, nor did our government offer a ransom; rather we employed the full force of the US Navy and the skill of US Navy Seals to free Captain Phillips from the pirates, while killing three of the pirates and taking the fourth pirate into custody to face charges.

The United States must now show similar backbone in dealing with the government of Iran, which announced that it will continue to develop its nuclear program and which definitely poses an imminent danger to all countries in the Middle East, but most especially to Israel, Iraq and the Sunni nations.

Recently, the same administration that deployed this heroic response to a threat from Somali pirates announced that it is considering dropping preconditions to join with its European allies in talks with Iran.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad wasted no time in taunting this US willingness to drop previous demands that Iran halt its nuclear program as a precondition for talks by saying, "We tell that you know yourself that you [the US] are in a position of weakness and you can't achieve anything."

Today, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni echoed these taunts in an address at Imam Hossein University, by saying, "The recommendation to return to the global order is the same thing as capitulating to the bullying powers and accepting the unjust world order."

In the meantime, Ahmajinedad is making it known that he will only talk to the Western nations on his terms, and that he will take his time in letting the world know what his conditions are before joining the talks.

It is imperative that the United States and its allies stand up to these threats from Iran and deal from a position of strength, not of weakness. We must not give in to this bully. Only when Iran knows that the West will not cave to his intimidation can we make progress in dealing with this rogue nation.

We do not need to find ourselves in a replay of President Carter's 444-day wimpout action in the freeing of hostages held by Iran. After such a lapse in time, it was the Canadians who accomplished what President Carter couldn't or wouldn't do to protect America's citizens.


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