Monday, May 01, 2006

Lefty Gathering

Sullivan summons some lefties "for bombing Iran."

I frankly don't like the form of argumentation (i.e., I'm a liberal, so I can't be accused of warmongering, or argument by status), but this Iran thing won't go away. We have to deal with them somehow.

Ideas, anyone?


At 9:30 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Well, gee, I know it's old-fashioned, but how about diplomacy?

Iran's ruled by Mullah's who are self-interested (hey, I'm noticing a pattern today) and have shown no signs of wanting to attack the U.S. Diplomacy with/through them to have them disarm the situation is an option that should be tried before conflict.

We've been doing that sort of thing for decades - getting in bed with the devil, so to speak.

This emphasis on the religious conservativism of the Iranian government frankly makes me arch a brow. Yes, their regime is "brutal" toward gays, jews and women. No doubt. But again, how is that justification tied to a real threat to us?

It's the "Saddam's a bastard" argument again, and while selfless global crusading for justice seems cool and exciting and ennobling, there are real limitations to our abilities, and real questions as to whether assuming this role is really in the best interests of our country.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Diplomacy? Well, good luck with that. Even the Europeans (not your typical warmongerers) have learned that it simply doesn't work. Worth the effort? Sure. Likely to be successful? When pigs can fly.

Meanwhile, of course they have shown signs of wanting to attack the U.S. They do it every day. A not insignificant number of roadside bombs are purportedly built in Iran:

They think it's in their self-interest to do so. And why not? With every death the constant drum-beat for "peace" gets louder and the American appetite to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons decreases.

Are they going to march down 5th Avenue in New York with an infantry division? No. But once again (and I feel like I'm repeating myself), all it takes to attack another country is to provide terrorists with the weapons to do the job. That's it.

How many soldiers have to be killed by Iranian roadside bombs before they are considered a threat?


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