November 20, 2006
Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran
WE MUST bomb Iran. That’s the opinion of Joshua Muravchik at the LA Times.
It has been four years since that country's secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere.I doubt we will bomb Iran. It’s not really a very good idea. Bombing without boots on the ground accomplishes little more than making a big mess.
First, we agreed to our allies' requests that we offer Tehran a string of concessions, which it spurned. Then, Britain, France and Germany wanted to impose a batch of extremely weak sanctions. For instance, Iranians known to be involved in nuclear activities would have been barred from foreign travel — except for humanitarian or religious reasons — and outside countries would have been required to refrain from aiding some, but not all, Iranian nuclear projects.
So if sanctions won't work, what's left? The overthrow of the current Iranian regime might offer a silver bullet, but with hard-liners firmly in the saddle in Tehran, any such prospect seems even more remote today than it did a decade ago, when students were demonstrating and reformers were ascendant. Meanwhile, the completion of Iran's bomb grows nearer every day.
If you are not willing to put a couple million boots on the ground and win the right way, then the Iranians would probably rally and rather than weaken the Mullah’s control it would probably do the opposite.
I feel the proper action is to ignore the nuclear issue. What? Yes ignore the nuclear issue at least in public. The nuclear issue is a card they play to distract from their oppressive totalitarian regime.
We should make some sort of mad type policy. If a nuclear bomb is used that traces back to Iran, Iran becomes a giant glowstick night light for the middle east. If Iran attempts to "wipe Israel from the face of the earth", we will wipe Iran from the face of the earth. A sweet and simple policy that I’m sure even Ameninutijhad can grasp.
Afterward we point out all the other things, like the oppression of the Iranian people and press. The oppression of women. Point out the terrible economic problems and lack of upward mobility.
Iran is a nation with plenty of oil that has to import gasoline. While the regime plays, glow in the dark, with nuclear power the nation still cannot refine it’s own oil in sufficient quantities.
Yes the leadership of Iran has its priorities all F^cked up. It focuses on external issues to draw attention from its failings. We need to undermine the Mullahs support with the truth and settle in for a long cold war with Iran.
If not we should….
There's never been such a vile, violent, racist, mannichean enemy in our past, so it can't happen in our future.One more thought. The best ckeck we have against Iranian power is to hang tought in Iraq and Afghanistan. And should war with Iran ever occur those two nations are indespenseable, no matter how long it takes.
Except... the one problem is... it did happen before. And it's not exactly a secret. There have been like five or six books written about it and everything.
And that war didn't stop until more than sixty million people were dead.
An atomic weapons were only invented at the end of that war.