Justin Elliot points out this, er, interesting opener by Jennifer Rubin on U.S. Iran policy. I don’t have the energy to dissect the whole piece. I sometimes wonder if in thirty years there will be a collected volume of turn-of-the-century neoconservative Washington Post commentary that people will buy as morbid coffee table books. Elliot notes, though, that Rubin rather casually endorses the indiscriminate killing of Iranian scientists as a matter of policy. Put the dubious wisdom of this aside and do a little Kantian exercise. The United States has, without question, the most vast military research industry on the planet, employing thousands upon thousands of scientists from virtually every field of intellectual inquiry. Do we really want to help develop an international norm that, during peacetime, indiscriminate killing of other states’ defense researchers, for no other reason than their going to work, is an acceptable policy option?
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