Monday, April 17, 2006

While We Blither Away

When Iran begins blackmailing the world with its nuclear weapons, do not say you were not warned:

The perfect summation of the Iranian approach to negotiations came in this gem of a sentence from the New York Times on July 13 last year:
"Iran will resume uranium enrichment if the European Union does not recognize its right to do so, two Iranian nuclear negotiators said in an interview published Thursday."
Got that? If we don't let Iran go nuclear, they'll go nuclear. That position might tax even the nuanced detecting skills of John Kerry.


At 9:13 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Speaking only for myself, I'm a little tired/offended by the notion that the left is somehow "ignoring" Iran.

Wanting to explore options other than the continued expansion of our Middle Eastern campaign isn't a desire to ignore a problem. It's a desire to find solutions that don't require the commitment of billions more dollars and thousands of lives to a cause that some of us find morally/practically questionable.

Namely: the idea of the United States as global enforcer.

Not to be a wet blanket, but where's the money going to come from? Where are the troops going to come from?

I respect your decision not to enlist, but if you're suggesting that not militarily engaging Iran is stupid/ignorant, then we have to ask how deployment of more troops/spreading present troops over more territory is going to a) benefit the safety of us at home and b) remain practically effective for combat/strength purposes?

At 9:14 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Since the internet makes intent/emotion notoriously hard to interpret, I'd just like to point out that all of the above is said calmly, reasonably, and in the interest of having a discussion.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I appreciate the calm, reasonable, discussion, but don't really think this is one of those areas where there's that much to say.

This is one of those postings that was less for the purposes of futhering discussion (although that's always good) than reminding of the danger.

Every day Iran gets closer to obtaining nuclear weapons. Aside from the United States (global enforcer or not), no one can stop Iran from doing so. When and if Iran obtains a critical mass of material and knowhow, we should not look back and say that we didn't do everything within our power now to stop it, before it's too late.

If anyone thinks that Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is going to benefit the safety of us at home, I would respectfully suggest that is a shortsighted view of the potential consequences at stake.

Meanwhile, I am not suggesting that not militarily engaging Iran at this point is stupid or ignorant. What I am saying is that at some point we're going to have to deal with this, militarily or otherwise.

And the questions you've posed, how we are going to pay for a potential military strike, and where we are going to get the soldiers, are the questions we may start considering asking ourselves...unfortunately.


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