George Will: The choices we have on Iran
In September 2012, the Senate voted 90-1 for a nonbinding resolution "ruling out any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat." The implication was that containment is a tepid and passive policy.
But if a nuclear Iran is for Israel unthinkable because it is uncontainable, Israel's only self-reliant recourse - a nuclear attack on Iran's nuclear infrastructure - is unthinkable. And, Pollack thinks, unnecessary. The existence of Israel's nuclear arsenal is a sufficient deterrent: The Iranian leadership is "aggressive, anti-American, anti-status quo, anti-Semitic, duplicitous, and murderous, but it is not irrational, and overall, it is not imprudent."
For many decades prior to 1989, humanity was haunted by the possibility that facets of modernity - bureaucracy and propaganda technologies - could produce permanent tyrannies impervious to change. (See Hannah Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism.") In "Nineteen Eighty-Four," George Orwell wrote, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever." Since 1989, however, tyrannies seem more brittle. And Pollack believes "the basic ingredients of regime change exist in Iran," which "today is a land of labor protests and political demonstrations."
George Will is a columnist for Newsweek in Washington, D.C.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Drew Cline: Rand Paul's coalition vs. Ted Cruz's army - 4
- Another View -- Jeff Goley and Will Infantine: Time for an increase in weekly benefits for NH unemployed - 3
- George Will: Understanding our divisions - 0
- Jonah Goldberg: Attorney General Eric Holder's race card - 0
- Another View -- Bobby Jindal: NH should trust parents to choose schools - 13
- Charles Arlinghaus: A $400 million hole was just blown in the state budget - 5
- Thomas Sowell: Fraudulent stats behind 'equal pay' claims - 1
- Jonah Goldberg: The left's arrogant groupthink - 0
- Rep. Adam Schroadter: Penalties for marijuana use in NH should fit the crime - 10
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Another View -- Marilinda Garcia: Ann Kuster loves Obamacare but won't pay for it - 7
- 2 officers, Weare face civil suit over 2012 burglary arrest - 8
- Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Central the early surprise in baseball ranks - 0
- Death & justice: Officer Briggs is not forgotten - 0
- Decency displayed: Havenstein's nice start - 3
- P-Bruins in fight to finish - 0
- NHIAA Roundup: Dubois' homer lifts BG girls over Exeter - 0
- Sox rally in ninth to win - 0
- Fisher Cats' hitters can't solve Binghamton hurlers - 0
Portsmouth arrests 2 for heroin sales
Decency displayed: Havenstein's nice start
Manchester superintendent kills controversial redistricting plan following parental opposition
Sen. Odell won't seek re-election