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Sunday, April 16, 2006
Steyn On Iran

Here's a good point:

You know what's great fun to do if you're on, say, a flight from Chicago to New York and you're getting a little bored? Why not play being President Ahmadinejad? Stand up and yell in a loud voice, "I've got a bomb!" Next thing you know the air marshal will be telling people, "It's OK, folks. Nothing to worry about. He hasn't got a bomb." And then the second marshal would say, "And even if he did have a bomb it's highly unlikely he'd ever use it." And then you threaten to kill the two Jews in row 12 and the stewardess says, "Relax, everyone. That's just a harmless rhetorical flourish." And then a group of passengers in rows 4 to 7 point out, "Yes, but it's entirely reasonable of him to have a bomb given the threatening behavior of the marshals and the cabin crew."

Yes, and doubtless the New York Times will gripe that the threat isn't imminent anyway (and then argue that Bush claimed it was). Great article as usual by Steyn. One of the more amusing parts of the national debate is how carefully the Left calibrates its position to oppose the neocons. I've been greatly amused to see the former "Ban the Bomb" types suddenly coming around to the notion that another country should have nukes.
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