Unbelievable that Newsweek and Daily Beast are running Niall Ferguson’s promotion of a war with Iran. Israel’s war or the U.S.’s, I’m not even sure which– but he’s for war. The Nazi analogy comes in with the word “appeasement,” and the piece ends with a finial of foolishness that will tag Ferguson for the rest of his born days, as Condi Rice’s description of Israel’s onslaught on Lebanon in ’06, “the birth pangs of a new Middle East,” will haunt her. Ferguson:
War is an evil. But sometimes a preventive war can be a lesser evil than a policy of appeasement. The people who don’t yet know that are the ones still in denial about what a nuclear-armed Iran would end up costing us all.
It feels like the eve of some creative destruction.