Wednesday, July 07, 2010

UAE Ambassador: Containment Won't Work--Bomb Iran

The ambassador from the United Arab Emirates on why trying to contain Iran will not work:
The ambassador also said that “talk of containment and deterrence really concerns me and makes me very nervous.”

He said Iran has not been deterred from supporting terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah now, when it doesn’t have a nuclear arsenal. So why, he asked rhetorically, would Iran be more cautious in its support for terrorism if it did.

“Why should I be led to believe that deterrence and containment will work?” he asked.[emphasis added]
According to Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba, although his country does close to $12 billion in trade, it is still preferable to stop Iran's nuclear program--even with all of the backlash and consequences--rather than try diplomacy and sanctions.

Perhaps the UAE ambassador is trying to send Obama a not-so-subtle hint.
If so, we can only hope that Obama gets it.

Hat tip: Hot Air

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