Krauthammer: Bush should issue "Holocaust Declaration"

by Infidelesto on April 11, 2008 · View Comments

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In the same way John F Kennedy did during the Cuban Missile crisis.

Krauthammer nails it, as usual. The Bush administration and the UN have failed in their attempts to deter Iran from getting nukes, so there are only a couple options left. Use of Force…or what Krauthammer calls the “Holocaust Declaration” and should read…

It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear attack upon Israel by Iran, or originating in Iran, as an attack by Iran on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon Iran.

This should be followed with a simple explanation: “As a beacon of tolerance and as leader of the free world, the United States will not permit a second Holocaust to be perpetrated upon the Jewish people.”

This policy — the Holocaust Declaration — would establish a firm benchmark that would outlive this administration. Every future president — and every serious presidential candidate — would have to publicly state whether or not he supports the Holocaust Declaration.

It is an important question to ask because it will not be uncontroversial. It will be argued that the Holocaust Declaration is either redundant or, at the other extreme, provocative.

Redundant, it will be said, because Israel could retaliate on its own. The problem is that Israel is a very small country with a small nuclear arsenal that could be destroyed in a first strike. During the Cold War, both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. created vast and invulnerable submarine fleets to ensure a retaliatory strike and, thus, deterrence. The invulnerability and unimaginably massive size of this American nuclear arsenal would make a U.S. deterrent far more potent and reliable than any Israeli facsimile — and thus far more likely to keep the peace.

Would such a declaration be provocative? On the contrary. Deterrence is the least provocative of all policies. That is why it is the favored alternative of those who oppose a pre-emptive attack on Iran. What the Holocaust Declaration does is turn deterrence from a slogan into a policy.

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  • robert B.

    The only problem I see with this, is that it would not really deter the mad mullahs. The russians and/or the chinese will approach the mullahs and offer a declaration to nuke the USA should our government nuke them. Here we go back to the MAD doctrine…. but that would only deter us, not the mad mullahs.

    We need to do a pre-emptive strike before George W. is out of office. None of the presidential candidates would commit to taking out the iranian nuclear capability prior to their attacking Israel, either directly or by proxy.

  • http://hawksdoves.blogspot.com/ Tortus

    Unfortunately, Krauthammer is not very clear about how deterrence would work in this case or even whether Iran is deterrable in the first place. See my post at http://hawksdoves.blogspot.com/.

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