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We Can't Discuss Diplomacy! These Are War Plans!

Thursday, Jun. 13, 2007 2:51 AM

So a major Shiite shrine is bombed, and we're blaming al-Qaeda. General Petraeus says the bombing is bad.

But we're apparently also arming Sunni insurgents, in the hopes that they will combat the Shiite insurgents. This is supposedly good.

Now, Sen. Joe Lieberman, independent-minded fellow that he is, says we should bomb Iran, because they're responsible for All That Is Wrong With Iraq. Oh, and because they have a nyuk-nyuk-nyuk-leer weapons program.

It goes without saying that al-Qaeda derives a benefit from civil unrest, as well as strict theocracies.

So why, then, are we even giving Joe Lieberman the time of day? Perhaps bombing Iran might upset the reigning theocracy, but it would certainly result in abundant chaos, and fuel even more terrorism throughout the region.

Do we have a plan for dealing with this? Is there a way to approach the problem of a nuclear Iran without having to resort to force? (No Neville Chamberlain jokes, please. We're talking serious diplomatic engagement, the staple of international relations.)

It's time for America to understand that it's not as simple as 'fight them there so we don't have to fight them here.' Hell, it's not that simple even in most video games.

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