Russia, Iran and the Bomb: What Should the Bush Administration Do?
Recorded on June 27, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
News & World Report calls Joel C. Rosenberg a "modern
Nostradamus" for his uncanny track record of writing novels that
seem to come true. In his newest political thriller, The Ezekiel Option -
launching nationwide on June 27th- the New York Times best-selling
novelist takes readers inside a nightmare scenario: the rise of a
Russian dictator in Moscow hell-bent on building a nuclear alliance
with the mullahs of Iran.
Though a work of
fiction, The Ezekiel
Option raises a number of serious and urgent questions
for policymakers in Washington. Among them: If Russian President
Vladimir Putin is truly a partner for peace, why is Russia selling nuclear technology to the most
dangerous state sponsor of terrorism on the planet? What exactly
are Mr. Putin's goals vis-à-vis Iran? How close is Tehran to building or buying a nuclear bomb?
Will Israel attack Iran to stop their nuclear program? What
should the Bush administration do?
Rosenberg, a former
Heritage Foundation staffer (1990-1993), has served as a senior
advisor to a number of U.S.and Israeli political leaders,
including U.S.presidential candidate Steve Forbes,
former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky. In doing research
for The Ezekiel
Option, he met with senior Russian, Israeli and American
officials in Moscow, Jerusalem and Washington, and will describe what he learned in
this first speech of his summer book tour.
novel, The Last
Jihad, opened with a kamikaze attack on an American city
that led to war with Iraq over terrorism and weapons of mass
destruction - but it was all written before 9/11 and published 6
months before the actual war with Iraq. Rosenberg's second novel, The Last Days, opened with
the death of Yasser Arafat and an American president pushing for
peace and democracy in Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza - but it was published 13 months before
Arafat's actual death. The two novels have spent 15 weeks on the
New York Times
bestseller list, 22 weeks on the USA Today bestseller list,
and have nearly one million copies in print.
Copies of The Ezekiel Option will be
available for purchase.