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A Flawed Assumption

Reader comment on item: Today's Iran Debate Misses the Point

Submitted by John (United States), Apr 14, 2015 at 08:30

If one assumes, as one should, that the Iranian leadership is determined to build a nuclear arsenal and the means to deliver it, then the economic issues (sanctions, boycotts, embargoes) that drive the P5+1 negotiations are tangential. They affect the speed, cost, and difficulty of building an arsenal, but do not impede its ultimate realization.

The assumption the use of force, especially if it involves only the use of aerial bombardment, will actually stop Iranian determination is as flawed as the the administration's belief in sanctions. Destruction of a nuclear facility will affect the speed, cost and difficulty, but will not ultimately stop the pursuit of a weapon and the means to deliver it.

It would serve only to solidify the leaderships hold on the country as a new threat to Iranian national security is manifest.

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For an informed discussion of this issue that agrees with my position, see http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/105886/why-the-u-s-could-bomb-iran

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