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I Don’t Understand

By Matthew Yglesias

"I Don’t Understand"

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Richard Just remains convinced that Iran is, in fact, likely to launch an unprovoked nuclear first strike on Israel, and at the same time disclaims possession of any knowledge about Iran or Iranian affairs and denies having a view as to the appropriate policy remedy for this threat. Frankly, I’m confused and don’t really know what kind of argument one can mount under those circumstances.

UPDATE: I mean, really, anyone who doesn’t think Iran is going to launch an unprovoked nuclear first strike on Israel isn’t taking this issue seriously? Kenneth Pollack? Ray Takeyh? Really? Are there any real experts on Iran who agree with the Halevi/Oren/Just position on this? In my experience, stoking paranoia about an Iranian nuclear first strike has been an idiosyncratic project of The New Republic that not even The Weekly Standard has gone in for.

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