December 15, 2006
Hit Iran Where It Hurts - Strike Their Oil ProductionTopics: Iran
Arthur Herman, in his "Getting serious about Iran: a military option," at commentary Magazine.com has an academic version of what Jules Crittendon has written in tabloid fashion (Jules' own description): "Hit Iran where it hurts, in the oil production facilities." Both do a good job of refuting the wisdom (???) of Time's experts and of many other observers - that a military action against Iran is "unthinkable."
As Herman notes in his piece:
What has cost us prestige in the Middle East and around the world is not our 2003 invasion of Iraq but our lack of a clear record of success in its aftermath. Governments in and around the Persian Gulf region are waiting for someone to deal effectively and summarily with the Iranian menace. Saudis, Jordanians, Egyptians, and others--all feel the pinch of an encroaching power. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to stop the Iranian advance.That's another Hell no! Strike Iran now! After all, they themselves are saying that they are threat to "US." Why not take them at their word while we still can? Have our political leaders somehow forgotten that Iran has threatened the United States with "harm and pain" and to join Islam or die? What part of "Iran plans to kill us" are we having trouble understanding here?
In 1936, the French army could have halted Hitler's reoccupation of the Rhineland with a single division of troops, but chose to do nothing. In 1938, Britain and France could have joined forces with the well-armed and highly motivated Czech army to administer a crushing defeat to the German Wehrmacht and probably topple Hitler in the bargain. Instead they handed him the Sudetenland, setting in motion the process that in 1939 led to the most destructive war in world history. Do we intend to dither until suicide bombers blow up a supertanker off the Omani coast, or a mushroom cloud appears over Tel Aviv (edit: or the U.S.), before we decide it is finally time to get serious about Iran?
Posted by Richard at December 15, 2006 3:42 PM
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