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Seth Eisenberg
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As Israel and US focus on Gaza and Lebanon, Iran’s nuclear race continues

The West completely failed to prevent rogue North Korea from becoming a nuclear weapons state. While that failure was disastrous, it will be miniscule compared to a similar failure with Iran.

America and the entire West were blindsided when North Korea announced its possession of nuclear weapons in 2005 after many years of toying with the West. In retrospect, the signs were obvious for many years. Yet instead of recognizing there was no other practical use for North Korea’s nuclear program but the aspiration for nuclear weapons, the West was either willingly blinded or so adverse to conflict that one of the world’s most dangerous regimes became a nuclear state capable of striking America.

There’s good reason to believe North Korea has supplied that know how to Iran and that Iran is pursuing nearly the identical strategy that succeeded for North Korea. There’s equally good reason to believe that when Iran expelled key nuclear inspectors in September, they knew the events of 10/7 were coming, rightly predicted Israel, the United States, and the rest of the West would become preoccupied with Gaza, and that those circumstances would give them exactly the right conditions to cross the finish line.

Who can doubt that a nuclear armed Iran would supply weapons of mass destructions to Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen, and other partners in their axis of evil? If there’s one overarching conclusion to draw from the barbarism of 10/7, it’s that Iran and its proxies will strategically use whatever military power they have to kill their perceived enemies.

The events of 10/7 would pale in comparison to the impact of Iranian proxies such as Hamas-ISIS armed with nuclear weapons, yet, at least publicly, Israel and the West remain even more hesitant to act against Tehran. While analysts predict Hezbollah waits to fully engage Israel because of the fears for the impact on Lebanon, a more reasonable hypothesis is that they don’t want to give Israel or the U.S. any excuse to target Iran before the Mullahs reach their nuclear aspirations.

The West completely failed to prevent rogue North Korea from becoming a nuclear weapons state. While that failure was disastrous, it will be miniscule compared to a similar failure with Iran.

By all accounts, North Korea is primarily concerned with self-preservation. Iran has demonstrated time and again that they care little for their own people or the impact of their actions on Muslims in other nations. They care about destruction on the road to spreading their unique brand of Islamic fanaticism to every corner of the globe.

Despite the distractions from Hamas-ISIS, Hezbollah, and the Houthis, next week’s IAEA meeting must be a wake-up call to a Western world that will be directly threated by a nuclear armed Iran.

Iran has clearly demonstrated they will not be stopped by global sanctions alone. The upcoming IAEA revelations must result in a credible military threat against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Anything less will more than likely lead to Iran following North Korea’s example and “surprising” the world with an announcement that will impact all the world for generations.

About the Author
Seth Eisenberg is President of the PAIRS Foundation, a former At-Large chair of the National Writers Union, elected labor leader, and pro-Israel activist. He is an author of Instructions for Intimacy, The Laundry List of Relationship Mishaps, Knots and Double Binds, PAIRS Essentials, Warrior to Soul Mate, PAIRS for PEERS, and the SHALOM Workshop. He can be reached via LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/setheisenberg/.
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