Is a preemptive strike on Iran the answer?

Israel has plenty of options to employ against Iran’s nuclear program, but a military strike would enhance, not reduce, the level of danger to the country.

By IVAN SASCHA SHEEHAN
November 9, 2011 15:57
Iranian missiles with flag in Tehran

Iranian missile with flag 300 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

 
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Israel has plenty of options to employ against Iran’s nuclear program, but a military strike would enhance, not reduce, the level of danger to the country.

Recent declarations by President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Iran’s nuclear ambitions will be stopped by “whatever means necessary” suggest that strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities are on the horizon. A preemptive military campaign to downgrade Iran’s nuclear program would be expedient. It would serve a blow to Iran’s nuclear goals. It would also be unwise.

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