The Heterodox Liberal

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bush does not read this blog...

He still doesn't get it. From the SOTU:

The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people. The regime in that country sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon -- and that must come to an end. The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions -- and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats. And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.


No! George! Read my previous post. The chances are, the terrorists are supported by the people. We can't just claim that it's the regime, and that the people, absent the regime, would be sending flowers instead of bombs.

That being said, we may legitimately need to use some military force against Iran in the near future. If they're developing nuclear capabilities -- and their own actions suggest they are -- their research sites, at a minimum, ought to be bombed to smithereens. Here, the WMDs are potentially real.

But if we do that, lets not pretend we're doing it to liberate the peaceful and happy Iranian people. Lets be honest and say that we don't want a bunch of people who hate us playing with fissile material.

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