Friday, April 21, 2006

We Have a Reason to be Nervous

Mark Steyn in The Wall Street Journal on Iranian Nukes:

What's the difference between a hothead and a moderate? Well, the extremist Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map," while the moderate Rafsanjani has declared that Israel is "the most hideous occurrence in history," which the Muslim world "will vomit out from its midst" in one blast, because "a single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel, while an Israeli counter-strike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world." Evidently wiping Israel off the map seems to be one of those rare points of bipartisan consensus in Tehran, the Iranian equivalent of a prescription drug plan for seniors: we're just arguing over the details.

The core of the problem is not that another country might acquire nuclear arms. If Norway got the bomb we wouldn't be happy, but I doubt anyone would be kept up at night worrying about them wiping Sweden off the map. And I really don't think it's particularly an issue of a Muslim country getting the bomb, but I can't think of a Norwegian equivalent in the Muslim world. It's an issue of this country, Iran, getting the bomb because of what they say and how they behave.

Like Steyn says, there are only bad options and worse options, but the problem is not going away. Read the whole thing if you have a few minutes, it's good analysis of the situation.



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