Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

What goes around, comes around

From Reuters:

In a marked escalation of a war of words between Iran and its arch-enemies Israel and the US, Tehran has for the first time threatened a preemptive strike against US troops in the region.

“We will not sit [with arms folded] to wait for what others will do to us,” Iran’s defence minister, Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV yesterday when asked if Iran would respond to a US attack on its nuclear facilities.

“Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly.”

If we can strike someone pre-emptively, in violation of established international law, we can only expect others, who view us as hostile, to take exception to the hundreds of thousands of troops we have bordering them, and consider the same option.

Madness, at all levels, and from all parties. What can of worms have we opened?

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