January 30, 2010
More than three weeks after and whistled past the deadline for to get serious in talks aimed at dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons program, spoke to the issue in his State of the Union address. He said:
“As Iran’s leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: They, too, will face growing consequences. That is a promise.”
A promise? Really? Then let’s make good on it.
The day after the speech, the Senate passed a bill that would impose gasoline sanctions on Iran. The House has passed similar legislation. Now Congress must reconcile the measures and send a final version to the President for his signature and tough enforcement.
The gist is that companies would, in effect, be barred from exporting gasoline to Iran or helping to expand the country’s oil-refining capacity. There would also be a broad ban on direct imports from and exports to Iran, exempting food and medicine.
In addition, the administration would be required to freeze the assets of Iranians who are active in weapons proliferation or terrorism. And the bill would prohibit the U.S. government from buying goods from foreign firms that do business in Iran’s energy sector.
Despite sitting on huge reserves of oil, Iran lacks gasoline refinement capacity. Cutting gasoline imports could severely crimp its economy, placing Ahmadinejad and Khamenei under intensifying domestic pressure.
The more the better, for these power-crazed, dissident-murdering, Jew-hating religious fanatics must finally suffer practical repercussions for their drive to dominate with the bomb.
They scorn world opinion. They dodge and they lie. They fund and terrorists with impunity. They yearn to threaten with something more than words. And it goes on and on as Obama and Secretary of State Clinton try to bring the likes of into a unified front on sanctions.
Sometimes you just have to go it alone. Now is one such time.
A week ago, Ahmadinejad vowed that he would soon deliver dramatic news about ‘s improved production of enriched uranium: “God willing, we will hear good news about the production of 20% [nuclear] fuel during the ‘Ten Days of Dawn.’”
The “Ten Days of Dawn,” which mark the 31st anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, begin Monday.
Assuming that Ahmadinejad has finally managed to stifle popular fury through hangings, brutality and imprisonments, he will make a defiant show of the event. He believes that he has nothing to fear, and he must be taught otherwise with a shut down of his gasoline supply.