Friday, January 13, 2006

Messy Choices on Iran

Dr Victor Davis Hanson lays out in stark detail the unpleasant set of choices raised by Iran's Islamist dictatorship and its pursuit of nuclear weapons:

When a supposedly unhinged Mr. Ahmadinejad threatens the destruction of Israel and then summarily proceeds to violate international protocols aimed at monitoring Iran’s nuclear industry, we all take note. Any country that burns off some of its natural gas at the wellhead while claiming that it needs nuclear power for domestic energy is simply lying. Terrorism, vast petroleum reserves, nuclear weapons, and boasts of wiping neighboring nations off the map are a bad combination.

So we all agree on the extent of the crisis, but not on the solutions, which can be summarized by four general options.

The Multilateral Moment?

As Dr. Hanson aptly concludes, "the public must be warned that dealing with a nuclear Iran is not a matter of a good versus a bad choice, but between a very bad one now and something far, far worse to come."


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