The mullahs that have led Iran for the last 26 years are implementing a campaign aimed at preventing all kinds of dissidence and supporting terrorism. International efforts to prevent Iran from having an atomic programme failed during the last weeks. Therefore, the United States will have to deal with a nuclear crisis if it does not act quickly. Today’s Iran is characterized by the huge differences between the hostile-to-the-world leading class and a people that want to join the international community. However, Iranians’ wish of freedom has not prevented their leaders from building a terrifying arsenal.
Iran has missiles capable of hitting Israel, part of Europe and the American troops in the Middle East, already. World democracies are aware of the danger an Iran with nuclear weapons can represent for the Middle East, but the International Atomic Energy Agency->] (IAEA) has not reached a final agreement on this issue for, undoubtedly, some members fear Teheran could abandon the Non Proliferation Treaty. The Bush administration has not presented the Iranian issue to the UN Security Council yet because Russia and China are not willing to incriminate Teheran.
Negotiations with our allies must be made to ask them to support trade sanctions against Iran. An international embargo on all technologies Iran might use for its nuclear programme must be established. If this is not effective, the embargo could be extended to arms sales and those who don’t follow the rules could be penalized.
If sanctions are not imposed, theocrats won’t negotiate.

Los Angeles Times (United States)

Reining in Iran”, by Bill Frist, Los Angeles Times, December 26, 2005.