Saturday, November 12, 2011

Political Motives and Iran

Not having any particular expertise, I have no real view on whether Israel should attack Iran or not. However I am certain of one aspect of this discussion - all of those who are ascribing narrow political motives to Binyamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak or even to Obama are living in an alternate reality. No sane person - not even a politician would ever embark on a possible nuclear war out of such narrow motives.

The immensityh of the situation - a potentially life and death decision for the State of Israel is simply too large for personal egos. 

Some of you might argue that this argument should be true of all wars. However, when the nuclear consideration is added, it isn't just a "war" - it is a national existential moment. I believe those who are arguing that Bibi is acting as he is, due to cynical election considerations are mostly showing their own lack of appreciation of the historical weight of the decision.

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