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  1. Todd Fine

    Don’t other AEI-type conservatives argue that guns deter crime? Why is this such an insane idea?

  2. commonsensefp

    “Maybe we could even begin handing out nukes on the street corner. By Waltz’s logic, it’s likely to reduce crime as well.” This statement makes it difficult to believe the author has read-or at least comprehends Waltz’s arguments on nuclear proliferation.

    With regards to European security officials being perplexed over Iran’s recent actions, I’d first ask when we conservatives began caring what the EU thinks on national security issues (see: 2003 Iraq invasion). They have rarely understood or supported Israel’s actions but we haven’t concluded from that we should abandon Israel.

    In any case, it doesn’t seem all too hard to deduce the strategic logic behind Iran’s recent actions; Israel has been assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists and military officials through covert action for years now. Iran doesn’t have the ability to strike back unconventionally inside of Israel so its targeted Israeli diplomat’s in third countries where Iran does have a presence. Its hard to see the strategic risk of Iran’s actions besides alienating the countries these attacks take place in. The U.S. and EU are already pulling all the sanctions levers against it and are unlikely to undertake a military operation against Iran because an Israeli diplomat gets killed, especially given Israel’s assassinations in Iran. Israel might initiate bombings against Iran in response but its capabilities are limited and ultimately such a campaign is likely to work in Iran’s favor in a number of ways: 1) Create friction between Israel-U.S. 2) Significantly reduce intl support for ramping up diplomatic pressure against Iran 3) Get the Arab street’s attention off of Syria and targeted back on hatred for Israel where Iran can portray itself as leading the fight while Arab regimes are in bed with the Jewish state. What’s more notable about the Iranian assassination attempts is how they have demonstrated just how limited Iran’s unconventional warfare capabilities are, despite all the talk in the West about the IRGC and Quds Forces.

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