The US and the USSR had enough nuclear weapons, and the means to deploy them, to kill everybody several times over. Yet we talked with them all during the Cold War, including through some dicey times. "We will bury you!"
Granted, the leaders in the USSR apparently realized that nuclear war was unthinkable, and seemed more focused on expanding their satellite countries than sending missiles at us.
The "president " of Iran, however, wants to destroy Israel, with the rest of us to follow. Those that share his mind-set are more than willing to kill themselves as long as hey can take out as many as possible with them. They are working on rockets that will reach far enough.
Funny how they forget that Israel already does have nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. Pakistan and India have nuclear bombs. They are at a greater distance way from both countries, but I don't think they would take kindly to Iran starting a nuclear war. The nuclear clouds would pass over them if the wind was right.
The article noted the risks involved, I will add one. The terrorists. So far, even with our far superior advanced technological capabilities our troops have fallen victim to home made bombs. And thousands died on 9/11 from passenger airplanes used as bombs, not from bombs dropped from planes or missiles. Then we had the shoe-bomb attempt. Bombs in knapsacks in London subways. Bombs on Spanish trains.
I heard a gentleman on TV the other day telling about a think-tank that devotes it's time trying to think like the terrorists, and what new wrinkles of attack they might come up with.
Personally, I would not like to see the USA go it alone. I could favor a coalition strike(s) that includes onew or two Arab countries. (I don't know how strongly, if at all , they fear Iran, though.) Otherwise, I fear the fallout from our unilateral actions would cause a firestorm , and very possibly spawn many new recruits to terrorist groups here and abroad.
I doubt sanctions would work as they didn't with Iraq because even some of our "friends" did not comply.
So at this point in time I favor diplomacy, and even that we take part in talks. We stayed in touch with the USSR, Some might call this appeasement, but I think we need to think far enough ahead to not make the dangers to us worse than they are today.
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