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You Dropped A Bomb On Mullah

Alex Massie responds to Elliot Abrams’ belief that the Iranians would turn on their theocratic masters if we went to war:

Abrams clearly cannot imagine how an Iranian might be both opposed to the regime and proud that Iran had a nuclear capability. Yet it is not difficult to imagine how such feelings might exist. Equally, Abrams’ lack of empathy makes it impossible for him to imagine how an Iranian might hear the “good messaging” about “why we ae not against the people of Iran” and see these messengers dropping bombs on Iranian territory and conclude that perhaps the Americans do indeed have something against the Iranian people. This is elementary.

Part of the reason the Soviet Union survived for as long as it did was because its people, while they may have chafed under Communist rule, were proud of their country’s military and space achievements. The Iranians, while many of them may be more rebellious in spirit, feel the same way about nuclear power. Andrew Sullivan (boo, hiss, yeah, I know) fisks the Israeli argument for military action against Iran. Netanyahu has some valid concerns about an Iranian nuke. But there are equally valid reasons for concern over how to go after targets that are reportedly buried deep underground in heavily populated areas, radioactive fallout spreading across the region, and so forth. It should also be noted that Israel’s current policy is being partly driven by the same Messianic elements that wanted to declare a holy war against Lebanon.

Do we want an Iran with nukes? No. Is the idea of having another splendid little war in the Middle East the answer? Only to those who can’t accept that the neocon era is over.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 03/31/09 at 04:18 PM (Discuss this in the forums)


Posted by on 03/31/09 at 11:09 PM from United States

Andrew Sullivan (boo, hiss, yeah, I know)


Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/01/09 at 02:34 AM from United States

I didn’t think that much of Sullivan’s fisking.  I disagree with Netanyahu and don’t think we should bomb Iran.  BUt the points he raised were legitimate.

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