- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Consider war's consequences
Iranian nuclear development has been a topic of discussion in both recent news items and op-ed pieces. It seems that some individuals feel the United States should draw a "bright red line" and attack Iran's research and development facilities if this line is crossed.
A June report by the Center for a New American Security takes the position that preventing a nuclear armed Iran should be a priority. It also emphasizes the use of force should be a last resort. In this connection the report takes the position that military action should only be used if the following four points are met:
1. All nonmilitary options have been exhausted;
2. Iran has made a clear move toward weaponization;
3. There is a reasonable expectation that the strike would set back Iran's program significantly; and
4. A sufficiently large international coalition is available to help manage the destabilizing consequences of the strike and to work collectively in the aftermath to contain Iran and hinder it from rebuilding its nuclear program.
It is worth remembering that the Israeli raid on Iraq's nuclear facility at Osarik in 1981 did not significantly delay Iraq's nuclear ambitions and may even have accelerated certain aspects of its nuclear program. Ultimately it was the 1991 Gulf War and subsequent sanctions that stopped Iraqi development.
War and acts of war are always a roll of the dice with unanticipated consequences. Before we take military action against Iran, we should give full consideration its potential consequences.
JOHN PIEPHO, Cape Girardeau