A day after he nearly busted a gut laughing in Bush's face over the President's request that Israel stop expanding into Arab territory (it's not clear whether Bush winked when he asked), the shameless Sharon asked the President to bomb Iran. Sure, the term is "pressure," but without the clear threat of violence there is no "pressure." Sharon is quite right to have zero confidence in the European "powers" - not just because they're impotent militarily, but they have no real reason to fear Iranian nuclear power - the ayatollahs aren't going to bomb Lyon. Our interest in keeping Iran nuke-free is in limiting its leverage. Having a bomb will give Iran quite a diplomatic boost. But we have no real reason to fear them - they can't hurt us with a bomb, and even if they could, they know that doing so would be absolute suicide. And they probably know that using it against Israel would be suicide as well. So let us hope that Bush takes Sharon's request no more seriously than Sharon did Bush's.