George F. Will: The choices we have on Iran

Published: Sunday, Dec. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Pollack may be too sanguine when he says that, since the brutal smashing of the Green Revolution of June 2009, "the Islamic Republic has been delegitimized and is starting to hollow out." His fear is that even massive U.S. air strikes would only delay the danger that provoked them, and thus might "prove to be nothing more than a prelude to invasion, as they were in Iraq and almost were in Kosovo."

The logic of nuclear deterrence has not yet failed in the 64 years since the world acquired its second nuclear power. This logic does not guarantee certainty, but, says Pollack, "the small residual doubt cannot be allowed to be determinative." His basic point is: "Our choices are awful, but choose we must." Containment is the least awful response to Iran's coming nuclear capability.

George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.

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