Thursday, December 24, 2009

Attack on Iran is retaliation not preemption


...It is in fact a misnomer to refer to an attack against Iran as preemption...It is well documented, and accepted, that Iran supports financially, logistically, politically, and militarily, the who's who of terrorist organizations and states:
  • Hizbullah,
  • Hamas,
  • al-Qaida,
  • Taliban,
  • Syria,
  • Sudan and
  • North Korea.

Not only is this support well documented, the Iranian regime and its proxies boast of this support.

  • Iranian weapons have killed Israelis (read Hamastan and Hizbullah-stan).
  • Iranian weapons have killed Americans (read Iraq and Afghanistan).
  • Iran's actions in Lebanon and Syria are in direct violation of that oft quoted term in Article 51 of the UN Charter, "international peace and security."
  • By calling for and presaging the elimination of an internationally recognized state, Iran's leadership is brazenly violating the Genocide Convention.

ALL THESE examples of Iranian hostilities are found in open sources. A strike against Iran, therefore, would neither be preemptive nor preventive. It would fall under the classification of retaliation, in response to the direct and indirect murder of a state's citizens, the disruption of international peace and security and numerous other internationally recognized norms vis-à-vis interstate relations...

*The writer holds an MA in government from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC-Herzliya. He was formerly a policy analyst at the Program in Applied Decision Analysis at the Lauder School of Government.

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