Tuesday, November 20, 2007

On war with Iran
Contrary to the repeated assertions by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an endless series of threats emanating from Washington is not diplomacy.

Powerful lobbying groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) continue to resist talks and urge a military resolution.

Traditional Republican conservatives and foreign policy realists believe above all that war should genuinely be a last resort, not a first option, and that war must absolutely be in response to unambiguous threats to a vital national interest.

Far from an extreme or radical position, positive and comprehensive diplomatic engagement with Iran was a key recommendation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and was also endorsed recently by Efraim Halevy, the former head of Israel's Mossad intelligence service. Conservatives should also eschew the demonization and disinformation campaign against Iran, which has muddied the waters and made negotiations more difficult. Iran has a legitimate, elected government, like it or not, and it should be treated with respect.

Conservatives who believe that there must be a
"casus belli" to justify a conflict or who are practicing Christians and believe a war must be "just" should particularly note the lack of evidence suggesting that Iran is preparing to attack anyone.

Iran has a vested interest in stabilizing both Iraq and Afghanistan, and the accounts of Tehran's involvement in both countries, most recently described as "conducting operations in our battle space" in Iraq, have been grossly overstated and frequently based on dubious intelligence.
Like not only the Iraq war (‘WMD! Drone planes of death! Saddam, Osama, whoever... you all look alike anyway...’) but the Germans’ excuse to invade Poland (‘They attacked us!’) and the second, imaginary Tonkin Gulf attack in 1964 that was the excuse for overt war in Vietnam (a liberal imperial war).
Finally, conservatives should believe that America comes first. They should insist that the United States' interaction with Iran be based on our national interests, not Israel's, Saudi Arabia's, or any of the other countries' in the region.
Hi. Remember where most of the 9/11 hijackers came from? A country that persecutes Christians unlike Baathist Iraq? (I’m not saying invade them, only pointing out those facts.)

From antiwar.com via Joshua Snyder.

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