I absolutely love this headline from the Washington Post:
Attacking Iran May Trigger Terrorism
U.S. Experts Wary of Military Action Over Nuclear Program
I don't suppose it has ever occurred to the journalist (Dana Priest) that not attacking them will almost certainly trigger terrorism?
Or, alternatively, to consider that we have not been attacking Iran for years, and that our non- attacks still trigger terrorism? As noted by Cori Dauber, Hezbollah is likely a "wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran" and doesn't need a specific excuse to exercise its terror tactics.
Look, let's get real. No matter what we do or don't do; how nice we are or aren't- we will be the target of terror attacks. The ultimate, four-star, prime, most-sought-after, holy grail of targets for the contemporary politically correct terrorist.
Personally, I think that we would have suffered more terror attacks on US soil since 9/11, if Bush's strategy of keeping them occupied elsewhere were not working so well. There is no question in my mind that if they could attack us, they would.
And, not only that; but as soon as they can attack us, they will.
Anyone who thinks that these fanatics--in Iran or elsewhere-- are using the threat of terrorism as some kind of a deterrent; are engaging in wishful thinking by supposing that the enemy's motives are comparable to our own.
They don't want to deter us, they want to destroy us.
UPDATE: AJ Strata has some further thoughts on this topic that are worth reading.