|Twice Lindsay said the same thing:|
If the President of Iran said that, then no further justification is needed to take whatever military action is needed to wipe him and his unspeakable regime off the face of the earth.
I don't know if Linz was speaking carefully, but he has it exactly right in my view. Israel, America, and others which are threatened need to destroy this regime and government forthwith. But not necessarily the Iranian nation and people.
We should bear in mind that most Iranians seem to loathe their government. They just lack the power to overthrow their illegitimate, unwanted, god-awful dictatorship. However, Israel, America, and many others have the power. So let's do it.
Let's target virtually the totality of their top leadership -- minus any identifiable liberals. The top 100 or 1000 leaders of the Iranian government, military, police, party, and religious establishment (which seem to work hand in glove) need to be brutally slaughtered. So too perhaps their main relevant buildings, institutions, and infrastructure. At the very least, all these fountainheads of jihadism and genocide should be openly targeted to send a strong message. The West could even send in special forces and commando units for a few days or weeks to try to hunt down the head schmuckity-mucks. As Thomas Jefferson might say, "chastise their insolence."
By fiercely going after their morally black leadership and moderately (but no more) trying to avoid hitting their morally grey citizens (who are quasi-victims, often seemingly "more sinned against than sinning") we do that which is much more unambiguously morally right.
Such a relatively small, quick, cheap, and safe "surgical attack" and "pre-emption" might well do the trick. It may even spark an indigenous libertarian revolution. Certainly there's every reason in the world to suppose that a "home-grown" "grass-roots" movement in favor of freedom will take root and endure better than the current "spreading democracy" boondoggle in Iraq.