The Iranian Regime Needs to Be Punished for Its War-Mongering, Not Mollified

(Telegraph-UK) Allister Heath - The conventional wisdom is wrong. We need rational, controlled escalation from the Western powers in the face of Iranian aggression, not more sickening appeasement, delusion and cowardice. The regime needs to be punished for its monstrous war-mongering, not mollified by Western ignoramuses who confuse weakness for virtue. If the U.S. was serious, it would announce that the mullahs in Tehran are an existential menace to civilized nations. It would declare that no country can shoot hundreds of drones and missiles at one of its neighbors with impunity, that no government can go on funding terrorism, rape, torture and murder on an industrial scale. It would understand the need to deter other rogue states through a show of strength. It would state that the Iranian regime must be treated like a global pariah, that all of its proxies must be destroyed, and that, above all, it will never be allowed to get anywhere near nuclear weapons. It would put together a coalition including as many of Iran's Arab neighbors as possible. It would impose extreme sanctions. It would allow Israel to finish off Hamas. It would help hit Hizbullah. If all else fails, it would use American military power to destroy Iran's nuclear installations.

2024-04-21 00:00:00

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