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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Charlie Sykes asks the question after reading this article:
Those who know me best will tell you without a second's thought that I love to play devil's advocate. So Charlie, let me ask you this. Way back during WWII, before Pearl Harbor, Congress (at the urging of President Roosevelt) passed The Lend-Lease Act. While remaining a neutral country, we provided weapons, ammunition, and food to the allied powers in their war against Germany.
By your criteria, was this an act of war against Germany, for which Germany was then justified in sinking American ships in the Atlantic? If Iran isn't exploding any of these weapons, but instead is merely providing them to someone else to explode, how is this any different from what we did for Britain?
Don't get me wrong. I think it's absolutely terrible that Iran is doing this. I think this is yet another example of a terrible act from a regime that needs to get wiped off the map. But saying that it's an act of war, not only says that we could invade Iran immediately in self defense, it almost obligates us to do so. So is it an act of war? Or is it merely an example of a totalitarian regime supporting it's own interests?
Like I said, I love playing devil's advocate.
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