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To Help Pakistan, Fight Iran

The Question: After Benazir Bhutto's assassination on Thursday, what's next for Pakistan?

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is yet another brutal peek into the world's future if the jihad threat is not confronted and defeated. Just as Syria routinely assassinates its democratic opponents in Lebanon, and just as Iraqi politicians and citizens fear for their lives while trying to escape a legacy of tyranny, we see how Islamo-fascists will stop at nothing to destroy their archenemies: democracy and freedom. We also see that no country or faith is safe from the jihadis and their favorite weapon, the suicide bomber, since they have no compunction at slaughtering fellow Muslims in a Muslim country.

The problem of Pakistan cannot be viewed in isolation, but rather in the continuum of West's battle to defend itself against jihad. What Pakistan does illustrate is that the Muslim world itself is a primary target of the jihadis, who see it as the springboard for confronting the West. The most important thing the West can do to help Pakistan and all other Muslim countries, themselves torn between battling and appeasing the jihadis, is to stand up to jihadi central: Iran.

The holy grail of the entire jihadi front, including Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and even the Taliban, is the protection of Iranian nuclear umbrella. As we have seen in the deepening alliance between Sunni Hamas and Shiite Iran, the vaunted Sunni-Shiite divide is no obstacle to cooperation between jihadis. All of them will benefit, directly or indirectly, from a nuclear Iran. Accordingly, the key Western objective must be to drastically tighten sanctions against Iran. The sense of inevitability surrounding an Iranian bomb must be broken, or struggles and tragedies like that of Pakistan will multiply in both the Muslim world and the West.

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