It appears that world is finally waking up to a reality some of us have recognized for a long time. Iran is a cancer we must now remove. A headline in the San Diego Union-Tribune (I was on vacation last week) read something like “Iran is years away from nuclear weapons”. It probably came from a New York Times article on 4/13. The claim is that the terrorist state is 5 to 10 years away from developing nuclear weapons. I’m sure the statement was meant to imply that we have time–time to procrastenate, time for more terrorist attacks, time to let Iran come up with better defenses. I read it as “there are only a few years to act before Iran uses nuclear weapons against us.” What if someone told you in 1993 not to worry, it would be years before the terrorists came up with a plan that would bring down the World Trade Center?
I’m afraid we’re in for a long slog–one of valueless debate in the U.N. But after that, we will likely see the unfolding of a scenario similar to the one in Iraq with one key difference. Iran will have no strong neighbor able to send terrorists across its border. If the Bush administration is sucessful with regime-change in Iran, it will be very hard for anyone to talk about Iraq being a failure.
When we’re through, let’s replace the Islamic Republic of Iran with the Republic of Persia.
Update: while I still believe the government in Iran is capable of creating a real tragedy, I have abandoned the idea that any government, including the United States, can do anything positive to prevent it. The idea of government ought to be buried in a garbage pit along with religion, slavery, war and all the other bad ideas of antiquity.
- Israel and the Existential Threat (middleeastatemporal.wordpress.com)
- As Arab Spring topples dictators, Iran’s influence grows (fullcomment.nationalpost.com)
- This Is A Dangerous Shift In The Middle Eastern Balance Of Power (businessinsider.com)
- Iran expels Britain’s ambassador over nuclear sanctions (telegraph.co.uk)
- How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Iranian Bomb (disquietreservations.blogspot.com)
- Poll: Half could support Iran attack (politico.com)