Bush: Now Is The Time To Take On Iran

By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent
Sun Jan 13, 3:01 PM ET

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – President Bush gently nudged authoritarian Arab allies Sunday to satisfy frustrated desires for democracy in the Mideast and saved his harshest criticism for Iran, branding it “the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror.”

Speaking in this Persian Gulf country, about 150 miles from the shores of Iran, Bush said Tehran threatens nations everywhere and that the United States was “rallying friends around the world to confront this danger before it is too late.”

The warning about Iran was much tougher than Bush’s admonition about spreading democracy in the Middle East, which had been billed as the central theme of his speech.

In a region of autocratic rulers, Bush did not single out any country for criticism. He spoke about democracy in a deeply undemocratic country, the United Arab Emirates, where an elite of royal rulers makes virtually all the decisions. Large numbers of foreign resident workers have few legal or human rights, including no right to protest working conditions.

“To the people of the Middle East: We hear your cries for justice,” Bush said. “We share your desire for a free and prosperous future. And as you struggle to find your voice and make your way in this world, the United States will stand with you.”
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