Ultima Thule

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Spengler -- Attack Iran -- sooner rather than later

By Aussiegirl

Spengler argues for a sooner rather than later policy when it comes to making war on Iran. He has his reasons and looks to history for his precedent. A worthwhile and thought-provoking read as always from the great Spengler.

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News, Iraq, Iran current affairs

Washington does not wish to fight but will if necessary. The Europeans, and even the Saudis, will fight rather than allow Iran to become a nuclear power, although they wish to fight much less than Washington.

If Washington were to deliver a military ultimatum to Iran tomorrow, the results would be a painful jump in oil prices, civil violence in Iraq, low-intensity war on Israel's northern border, and a wave of anti-Americanism in the Arab world - not an inviting picture.

But if Washington waits another year to deliver an ultimatum to Iran, the results will be civil war to the death in Iraq, the direct engagement of Israel in a regional war through Hezbollah and Hamas, and extensive terrorist action throughout the West, with extensive loss of American life. There are no good outcomes, only less terrible ones. The West will attack Iran, but only when such an attack will do the least good and the most harm.


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