Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Iran

Victor Davis Hanson has an excellent piece entitled The Folly of a Nuclear Iran. Read it all.

It will be fun over the coming months to hear liberals try to enunciate clear reasons why we shouldn't intervene militarily, even as Iran moves dangerously close to going nuclear. For some time now, they have been saying that Iran was always more of a threat to U.S. security than Iraq. (I believe this was just to be contrarian to President Bush; had he gone into Iran first, they would have said Saddam was the bigger threat). So as we inch towards a military solution in Iran, to hear leftists invent reasons why Iran wasn't really that much of a threat will be amusing, to say the least. Expect more left-wing complaints about North Korea or Syria.

It may be true that Iran was, has been, or is more of a threat to the U.S. than Iraq. I don't know, and at the end of the day, I don't think it will matter. Perhaps the Bush administration calculated that toppling a hostile Iran would be easier once Saddam was out of the way. Or perhaps they honestly believed Iraq was the higher priority. Maybe they expected that the Iranian people would rise up in revolt once they saw free elections taking place in Iraq.

It's unlikely we'll know exactly what Bush's reasoning was for quite some time. But rest assured that the Left will say "Bush lied in order to make money off an illegal war" or some similar nonsense.

As we deal with Iran, the Europeans and the U.N. will do what they always do: talking, appeasing, and negotiating with the mullahs. And Iran will do what it does, which is continue to develop nukes, all the while denying their true intentions. As the Reuters link above shows, we do not have much time to wait on feckless U.N. resolutions, drunk sanctions inspectors, and lengthy, multilateral negotiations.

UPDATE:Here's another site to add to your bookmarks, a very good repository for Iran news (hat tip, Hugh Hewitt).
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