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There are TWO Israeli Military Options

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Submitted by Alex (United States), Feb 25, 2014 at 19:17

I think that the "use of force" gets muddled in the debate over how to stop the Iranian nuclear program--in that it appears not to differentiate between diiferent military strategies, of which I think there are really two, for any country that decides to take armed action against the Iranian regimes nuclear buildup.

One option would be to perform targeted bombings from the air (or some special sabotage operations) against known Iranian nuclear facilities.

A second option would involve targeting key personnel--such the nuclear scientists (which Israel apparently is already doing), and the policy makers who would decide both how to weaponize and deliver Iran's nuclear materials and how to retaliate against an attack on them--and not just nuclear installations.

I favor option two, because it renders irrelevant the questions of how many and where are Iran's nuclear sites and of how harmful an Iranian response might be. In short, Israel can leave Bushehr untouched if it kills Khamenei.

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