The thought that iran would destroy isreal is ludicrous. Jerusalem is one of the
holiest sites to muslims. Give iran a nuke and you would find they would quieten
Iran can't destroy Israel with nukes without destroying the holy sites in
the same city they are fighting over. Mabey is the West recognized
Palistine they wouldn't be so desparate for RECOGNITION.
I read Zakaria's article and found it fairly convincing, and the idea of
the destruction of Jerusalem is another caveat. But why would (should?) Israel
trust it's every existence to these theories or assumptions? Iran and many Muslims have stated as their explicit goal the extinction of
Israel. There have already been a number of attempted invasions. All the
sudden do we should believe the militant Muslims are lying about their threats
of annhilation? One or two nukes would do the job in an instant. I don't
know how we can fault Israel for believing the repeated threats, seeing the
history of attacks, and recognizing the existential threat. Back to
Jerusalem. It's fairly important to Muslims, certainly. But it's not
their most holy site. And, based on what I know of radical Muslims, they'd
much rather see it razed, then eventually repopulated with Muslims, than leave
it peacefully in the hands of Israel. So, not a convincing argument to me.
Again, why would Israel gamble their existence on such tentative theories?
So in typical Krauthammer fashion, he rejects peaceful efforts and advocates
war. I'll give this tough talker more credibility when he has something on
the line besides his mouth. His neo-con ways did not prove to be a good thing in
our past misadventures in trying to control the world.
One assumption is that Iran's leaders are more concerned about the
hereafter than they are in the present. Thst is a myth. Nothing about their
behavior shows the slightest indication that they believe in a hereafter.
Everything is based on their perception of their national interests. Israel is
not a one bomb proposition. The Negev is pretty big. If Tel aviv was bombed,
there would still be a lot of air bases or missile sites to launch retaliatory
How many launch sites does Israel have, spread out how much, and how much would
it take to knock them all out? Such a small country, seems like it would be
relatively easy, but I don't know.