George Will: The choices we have on Iran
In September 2012, the Senate voted 90-1 for a nonbinding resolution "ruling out any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat." The implication was that containment is a tepid and passive policy.
But if a nuclear Iran is for Israel unthinkable because it is uncontainable, Israel's only self-reliant recourse - a nuclear attack on Iran's nuclear infrastructure - is unthinkable. And, Pollack thinks, unnecessary. The existence of Israel's nuclear arsenal is a sufficient deterrent: The Iranian leadership is "aggressive, anti-American, anti-status quo, anti-Semitic, duplicitous, and murderous, but it is not irrational, and overall, it is not imprudent."
For many decades prior to 1989, humanity was haunted by the possibility that facets of modernity - bureaucracy and propaganda technologies - could produce permanent tyrannies impervious to change. (See Hannah Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism.") In "Nineteen Eighty-Four," George Orwell wrote, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever." Since 1989, however, tyrannies seem more brittle. And Pollack believes "the basic ingredients of regime change exist in Iran," which "today is a land of labor protests and political demonstrations."
George Will is a columnist for Newsweek in Washington, D.C.
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