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Opening Arguments

Smart diplomacy

Can we take a break from the great RFRA freakout for a moment to think a little about something a tad bit more serious?

It is amazing -- indeed, staggering -- that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world's biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver them far beyond the Middle East.

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Clearing the way for Iran to get nuclear bombs may -- probably will -- be the most catastrophic decision in human history. And it can certainly change human history, irrevocably, for the worse.

That's Thoms Sowell, who can be somewhat hyperbolic at times, so "most catastrophic decision in human history" might be a little over the top. Still. Iran. Nuclear weapons.

On the other hand, he writes about arms control agreements that looked good on paper, leading democracies with a false sense of security to cut back on military spending while their enemies built up the military forces to attack them. Since this won't be a treaty or even an agreement but an "understanding" (nothing on paper!) that everyone in the world knows Iran will ignore, maybe we can skip the complacency part, if we can ever get beyond the not paying attention part.