is leading the defense of those regimes against radical movements. Those countries have beenconcerned with Iranian nuclearization, which would mean Iranian hegemony, coupled with thedeclared Iranian policy of exporting its revolution. If America and the West cannot protectthem, they might go along with Iran. Think of a world where Iran and its allies have such aninfluence over the price of oil.Out of the 1.4 billion Muslims, the vast majority want, like every human being, a good life andstability, although not necessarily democracy. Yet in all these societies there are minoritygroups that want to destabilize this way of life and create something new and more religiouslyobservant, as they understand it. They are fighting a battle against Western ideas, such asequality of women, and against basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech. All of them arelooking at the Iran-America conflict to see who will win. A victory for Iran is a victory for allthese groups. Think of how arrogant Hizbullah may become if Iran wins over America. Think of how arrogant Hamas will be vis-à-vis the PLO.Iran has added the religious element to the conflict in a very detrimental way, playing its handthrough the proxies it has in this area. Hizbullah is a unique phenomenon, a Lebanese partythat is also Syrian and Iranian. Hizbullah leader Nasrallah calls himself the personal emissary of
Iran’s Supreme Leader. Here you see more evidence of a change from a national to a religious
identification. Nasrallah is an Arab and Lebanese by nationality, and a close friend and militaryally of a non-Arab, non-Lebanese, Persian Iranian called Ahmadinejad, fighting against otherArabs and Lebanese. This is because Nasrallah and his followers are first and foremost Shiites,which is more important to them than all the other components.Iran and Syria support Hizbullah with weapons systems, intelligence, training, and an ideologyof delegitimizing and liquidating Israel. Hizbullah has 50,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israelfrom the north, more than any other country in the world. Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza,which are Sunni, have more than 5,000 rockets aimed at Israel, some of them from Iran andSyria.
Preventing Iranian Hegemony
What is the exact point at which we say that Iran is nuclear? Every day of enrichment, Iran getscloser to its goal. Every day in which they build more missiles with which to launch warheads,they get closer. Every day they proceed with the weaponization process, they get closer. It hasnot happened as quickly and as successfully as they wanted it to happen, but the world needsto act so that the world order is not totally undermined by an Iranian nuclear capability as wellas its possible hegemony within the Muslim world.This ongoing battle between America and its allies and Iran is of major importance to all of us.We should not ask others to fight for us. However, if there is real world interest in stoppingIranian hegemony and its nuclear capability, then they may do something about it in time.As the Iranians continue with their nuclear plans, they defy the West, the UN, and theInternational Atomic Energy Agency. Iran is an ancient nation with a proud history and culture.