The free world is currently being tested by the countries that are threatened by Iran.
FM Livni meets with US Defense Secretary Gates – 19 April 2007
"The free world is currently being tested by the countries that are threatened by Iran. These are predominantly Iran’s Arab and Moslem neighbors. Vacillation is perceived as weakness, which may create a desire to appease Iran. Only the determination of the international community will keep the ‘moderate camp’ on the same side.
We live in a neighborhood in which a projected image is very meaningful. If the impression is that the world is loosing to the ‘neighborhood bully’, the will want to join him.