The Right Coast

March 27, 2006
Should the US Take Military Action Against Iran?
By Mike Rappaport

One of the strongest arguments against the US doing so is the view that a single country's possession of nukes does not constitute an undue risk. After all, we have lived with many countries, including nondemocratic ones, controlling nukes for many years.

But the counter is that Iran is just not "any nonliberal country." Their fanatical religious ideology, which embraces martyrdom or suicide, makes them different. Charles Kruathammer makes the case.

Deciding what to do in Iran is a tough one, especially given all of the problems in Iraq at the moment. But I do think Iran's fanaticism makes them different from the Soviets or the Chinese. We can't simply assume their leaders will behave as self interested commissars.