Noah Beck Writes at the American Thinker: Israel’s deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon recently declared that the (nearly decade-long) diplomatic efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program have failed. Last Friday, Iranian President Ahmadinejad called Israel a “tumor” that will soon be destroyed — the latest of many bellicose statements underscoring the seriousness of the Iranian threat. There is little time left to avoid another Middle East conflict that could spin disastrously out of control, leave many dead, and send oil prices skyrocketing. But the U.S. can still resolve this explosive crisis by using much bigger carrots and sticks to convince Iran to change course before it’s too late.
Only a truly credible threat of overwhelming force against Iran will peacefully prevent a potential doomsday scenario from becoming reality, and only the U.S. can deliver such a threat. Paradoxically, if Iran believes that the U.S. is about to launch a massive attack, it will back down, and no force will be needed. But if Iran doubts American resolve, it will continue to develop an independent nuclear capability and could even purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan, making it impossible for any power to stop Iran from becoming another nuclear proliferator. The Iranian regime must understand that it faces devastating consequences if it attempts — by any means — to acquire nuclear weapons.