Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Will Not
Back Down

The State of the Union Address tonight offered some clues for those who are wondering whether Bush will back down in response to Hamas, or Iran:

... the leaders of Hamas must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace.

The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people. The regime in that country sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon and that must come to an end. The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats. And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.