This whole “debate” over bombing Iran has included essentially no discussion of whether America’s involvement in another war might revive the threat of homegrown terrorism, which was demonstrably exacerbated by past wars with Muslim countries.
Reading this article about the case against bombing Iran made me think of a quote from one of my favorite under-rated movies The Kingdom:
Not to go after criminals because they might try to harm you is really not a policy of the FBI. See, we try not to say uncle. We try.
There are myriad reasons not to go to war with Iran- diplomatically, politically, economically and militarily, I sincerely doubt that it is in the long-term best interests of the United States to bomb Iran right now. I also don’t think we’re nearly as close to war as the author suggests – posturing between the two nations has gone back for decades, and is likely playing out the way it is for domestic reasons both here and in Iran. All of that aside though, the threat of angering crazy people should not be a driving factor in our foreign policy decisions.
Yes, it is possible that if we bomb Iran we could incite anger against us either at home or abroad – but if a war would be otherwise justified, the threat that it could incite attacks against us is not reason enough to say “Uncle.” The whole point of terrorism is to influence policy, to make the target afraid of taking certain actions due to fear of reprisal – it is never a good policy to allow that fear to win out.