From the Jerusalem Post:
Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Monday that "the president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map."
"Teheran is making a mockery of the international community's efforts to solve the crisis surrounding Iran's nuclear program," Peres told Reuters, adding that "Iran presents a danger to the entire world, not just to us."
Peres urged China and Russia to join Western efforts to impose sanctions on Iran. The two countries have been reluctant to back such proposals in the UN Security Council. If all world powers are united against Iran, military action can be avoided, Peres said.
"We can prevent all of this threat, without weapons, if there will be unity," Peres said, adding that the Security Council had to act on the matter. "If the crucial moment comes and they are incapable of taking [action] or making a policy...then they endanger their existence as an important world body," he said.
Look, Iran not only has China and Iran over a barrel (pun intended), it has the whole world hostage. All of us, including the U.S. will suffer if Iran makes good on its threat to send oil prices even higher than they already are. But wouldn't it be worth it if the world could unite, just this once, and call their bluffs? Wouldn't you be willing to pay a little more at the pumps to avoid nuclear war?
The Saudis and other oil producers could (for once) show some guts and offer to step up production, if Iran were to cut off sales to countries that vote for sanctions. They say they do not want Iran to have nukes, but if they are sincere, let them do something to help. It won't completely neutralize the effects, but it will ease the situation, a little.
Bottom Line: If the world will step up and unite on this one, nobody will need to be blown off of the map.
Hat tip on this article goes to Drudge.