This is but one opinion…however…
At a farewell reception at Blair House for the retiring chief of protocol, Don Ensenat, who was President Bush’s Yale roommate, the president shook hands with Washington Life Magazine’s Soroush Shehabi. “I’m the grandson of one of the late Shah’s ministers,” said Soroush, “and I simply want to say one U.S. bomb on Iran and the regime we all despise will remain in power for another 20 or 30 years and 70 million Iranians will become radicalized.”
“I know,” President Bush answered.
“But does Vice President Cheney know?” asked Soroush.
President Bush chuckled and walked away.
Frankly, I’m not sure what we should do with Iran. But I definitely fear we’ll act pre-emptively, and those tens of millions of Iranians would do exactly what Shehabi says. It would be yet another strategic blunder, and we can ill afford to lose that many hearts and minds. The Iranian public, especially the youth, are surpisinginly progressive in their views towards religion, etc., and it would a shame to turn them against us just because we don’t want Iran to get nuclear capabilities. Because even if Iran has the bomb, does that really mean they’re going to use it? Would they risk wiping out their entire country just to strike Israel? Because we all know that’s exactly what would happen. Iran is wiped off the map. Gone, goodbye, see ya.
Something tells me that these Mullahs are not that stupid. Mutually assured destruction worked in the Cold War and peoples’ desire to survive hasn’t changed much. Regardless of what you think about radical Islam, we all must remember that the suicide bombers are few, while the normal, everyday folk are many. Few want to give their life for their religion or their leaders’ view of their religion, and I hope our current foreign policy team remembers that.