So far, so good.
Between Jen's blog and some suggestions in my email box, I've got the bones of a post.
To wit, Israel should nuke Iran.
Further, as a corollary, if the United States does not exercise effective hegemony, Americans should get used to things like that happening.
As I've been saying for years, and this Article with dorky title repeats, the reason there is an Arab Question is that the Israelis are fundamentally decent folks. They don't want to eradicate another culture out of anger or frustration. They are, by their nature, incapable of working seriously to make the Arabs or Iranians or anyone else go away as long as they are capable of defending themselves by other means.
An alleged quote from an unidentified IDF officer is,
"Ahmadinejad, conducts foreign policy like Iranians drive cars" the general continued. "The only way you can get him or them to back down is for them to be convinced the other driver confronting them won't back down.
"That's why our intention to turn Bushehr and Iran's other nuclear facilities into radioactive glass has to be absolutely credible. We have to be willing to do this for real, with no doubts or hesitation."
Israel is now in a position where the stakes are the survival of Israel and its entire population.
One Jewish blogger isn't willing to go that far this week, but his Sampson Option is for Israel to be ready to do so at the drop of a Katyushka. He's pissed about the IDF's performance. He does raise the very valid point that the great days of the IDF predated significant American aid. In the wars before 1970, the IDF kicked Arab ass with second-hand French and British tanks, and US material from WWII which was bought third-hand and refurbished by the Israelis, frequently with French components. The backbone of the IAF was the Mirage series of French fighters, etc. etc. So he wants to scrap US aid and most of the IDF, and rely primarily on a explicit threat of nuclear retaliation. Personally, I don't think the Muslims would get that threat unless it was demonstrated in a way that no one could mistake. But that's coming back to the idea of nuking Iran now.
Here's another excellent point tying this to what I said about America having to get used to this sort of thing. The Liberal Left accuses the United States of acting as a hegemon like that's a perjorative term. A World Without Power explores the consequences of the United States NOT acting like a hegemon. A lot of smaller states in precarious situations would have to fend for themselves, and Israel resorting to nukes would be only one of many consequences.