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55 Any advantages that might accrue from 28 c hap t e r 3 limiting escalation of conﬂicts, and the existence of buffer zones and back channels, would be unavailable in the new war on terror. Lest anyone suppose that this was mere heady talk in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the administration has consistently repeated its “no neutral ground” position since that time. “No nation can be neutral in the struggle between civilization and chaos,” Mr. Bush said before the American Legion’s national convention in St.
Despite Iran’s ongoing cooperation in Afghanistan, in early January of 2002 Israel intercepted a ship carrying Iranian weapons and explosives in the Red Sea. 39 The decision to include Iran exhibited frighteningly little grasp of Iranian politics, in which conservative mullahs had been on the defensive since the reformist Mohammad Khatami’s election to the presidency in 1997. There were good reasons for thinking their inﬂuence was in decline. 41 Its politics is marked by competing power centers and intense political factionalism.
Deterrence—the promise of massive retaliation against nations—means nothing against shadowy terrorist networks with no nation or citizens to defend,” Bush insisted. ”5 The 2002 National Security Strategy is built upon, and extends, these remarks. ” They might not rival the Soviet Union’s “sheer destructive power,” but the Soviets thought of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as weapons of last resort, whereas these new enemies do not. S. government had ever asserted a right to act militarily anywhere in the world.