March 11th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

Zakaria: Avoid another war in the Middle East

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

President Obama has been trying to cool down the war fever that suddenly gripped Washington early this month. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit and the flurry of statements surrounding it have created a dangerous dynamic. It is easy to see how things move toward war with Iran. It is difficult to see how they don't.

The pressure is building on Iran, but there are no serious discussions of negotiated solutions. Israel has already discounted the proposed new talks. Republican candidates will denounce any deal, no matter how comprehensive the inspections.

So either Iran suddenly and completely surrenders - or Israel will strike. And Bibi Netanyahu knows that the window presented by the U.S. political season is closing. If he were to strike between now and November, he would be assured of unqualified support from Washington. After November, the American response becomes less predictable no matter who is elected president. The clock is ticking.

Read: Zakaria explains why oil prices keep rising.

Before we set out on a path to another Middle East war, let's remember some facts. First, Iran does not have nuclear weapons and the evidence is ambiguous - genuinely unclear - as to whether it has decided to make them.

But what if Iran did manage to develop a couple of crude nukes several years from now?

Obama says a nuclear Iran would set off an arms race in the Middle East.

But a nuclear North Korea has not led the two countries directly threatened by its weapons - South Korea and Japan - to go nuclear.

Read: Zakaria explains why Iran is a rational actor

Saudi Arabia and Egypt did not go nuclear in response to Israel's buildup of a large arsenal of nuclear weapons. After all, Egypt has gone to war three times with Israel. By contrast, it has not been in a conflict with Iran for centuries. So why would it go nuclear in response to Iran when it didn't in response to Israel?

Obama explained that a nuclear Iran would be a problem like India and Pakistan with their nuclear weapons. But India and Pakistan went to war three times in 30 years before they had nuclear weapons. Since they went nuclear, they have actually been restrained and have not fought a full-scale war in 40 years.

It's actually a case that shows the stabilizing, not destabilizing, effects of nuclear deterrence.

If Israel genuinely believes that deterrence doesn't work in the Middle East, why does it have a large nuclear arsenal if not to deter its enemies?

Iran's weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists, says the President. But would a country that has labored for decades to pursue a nuclear program and suffered huge sanctions and costs to do so then turn around and give away the fruits of its efforts to a gang of militants? This kind of reasoning is part of the view that the Iranians are mad, messianic people bent on committing mass suicide.

Read: Zakaria on Afghanistan

When Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey explained on GPS last month that he viewed Iran as a "rational actor," he drew howls of protest. But Dempsey was making a good point. A rational actor is not a reasonable actor or one who has the same goals or values that you or I do. A rational actor, in economics or international relations, is someone who is concerned about his survival.

The one thing we know about Iran's leaders is that they are concerned about their survival. The question right now is not whether Iran can be rational - but whether the U.S. and Israel can accurately reason through the costs of a preventive war and its huge consequences.

For my full article on this subject (behind a pay wall), visit TIME.com. For more of my thoughts throughout the week, I invite you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter and to visit the Global Public Square every day. Be sure to catch GPS every Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. EST. If you miss it, you can buy the show on iTunes.

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  1. Cole

    The reality of the situation in Iran is:
    They do not have nukes
    We are unsure if they will build nukes
    Russia and China have large stakes in Iran

    The most important issue for those convinced that Iran is building or will build a nuke is the last point here. Russia and China have a large stake in Iran (oil) and have verbally told us to back off. The repercussions of attacking Iran are at the very least a renewed cold war, or one that is not so cold this time around. This is a much greater risk (WWIII) than even allowing Iran to build nuclear weapons. Russian and China have everything to lose if Iran goes nuclear in terms of weapons. We should be working with them and extending them the our every support to work that angle and drop the war rhetoric, unless of course we are after their oil. The quickest way to get an animal (just using an analogy) to attack is by backing it into a corner. Again, the prospect or a renewed cold (or hot) war scares me more than Iran getting a bomb.

    March 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Well.....you need to get used to the idea. Because Iran will be bombed, if they don't back down from trying to aquire nukes,
      Russia and China will stand by and do nothing, as long as we don't try to "move in" like we usually do.

      March 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
      • cole

        The problem here is Iran can't defend its self. From an allegation like this, your are secretly building a Nuke....no I'm not.....see that's exactly what they'd say! There is no PROOF which is why it is "ambiguous" and possible they are not. Potentially starting a war on the scale that is possible to developed without clear evidence is irresponsible on a global scale.

        March 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  2. Larry D

    At what cost, the destruction of Israel? The war clouds are gathering and this threat must be dealt with, now or later. The later is almost here and Israel will, not the USA, decide when it is time. I only hope the GOP is in the White House so we can assist in bringing down Iran.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Larry, just what we need , one of the three Republican chicken hawks in the whitehouse. Now let's see , who can we bomb today?

      March 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  3. Texan

    How about: The major oil companies have a monopoly and the US doesn't have a energy policy for independence. Plain and simple. Everyone knows this and we are tired of the smoke and mirror's by so-called experts with their intellectual explanations. As if they are smarter and the problem is way more complicated than anyone but they can understand.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  4. Jim

    So a man named Fareed is trying to assist the Supreme Leader in aquiring "just a couple" nuclear weapons...
    Is this a suprise to anyone?
    Save it for the Hamas meeting.

    There is no way the world will allow Iran to aquire a nuke!

    March 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  5. truthseeker

    Mr. Zakaria, very well aid sir.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Your version of the 'truth' is the lie that leads to war. Wake up and smell the propaganda.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  6. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    UNTIL & UNLESS IRAN does the following even the US can't prevent an attack by Israel in the coming months:

    a) Open up EVERYONE of its nuclear facilities to UNHINDERED IAEA inspections.

    b) IMMEDIATELY start DISMANTLING their underground nuke sites.

    c) STOP all enrichment above 3.5% and VERIFIABLY surrender all Uranium enriched to over 3.5%
    What the world should NEVER DO is let Iran BUY TIME in the garb of negotiations. That will be suicidal!

    Nobody can blame Israel if they go to war even when the negotiations are on, but w/o fulfilling the above.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      Here's Johhhhnnnyy syndrome! Stop hiding behind the Israeli skirt. Stand up and be counted for whatever you stand for...which seems to be kissing the Israeli butte.

      March 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  7. BL

    We never learn. War would be a complete, unmitigated disaster for millions and lead to results we cannot even imagine.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  8. desi

    Hey Zakaria, why are you hell bent on defending Iran. Is it the Muslim in you doing that .

    March 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Why are you hellbent on insisting that Fareed is a Muslim when he's not? Oh I guess it's just because you have no response to his article.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  9. Mary Jane

    No there's no rush to get there just make sure when we do decide to attack that we try to kill as many as possible as quickly as possible...let's not be picky about who we are killing....get em all

    March 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  10. George Morris

    We're going to erase world history and start over, it's happened before and it will continue to happen until we all perish from the face of this planet or get it right. Somebody has to start the conversation and I think Fareed Zakaria is uniquely qualified to lead the discussion and give us our last rites.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  11. Mr

    Zakariya writes : "Egypt has not been in a conflict with Iran for centuries".

    What a naive way of looking at things.
    First, for centuries Iran did not have radical government who kill their own people.

    Second, Iranian government lies since its 'revolution' in 1979. Go talk to Iranian immigrants all over the world, they will tell you.

    Third, Iranian government is a dictatorship. If you think Ahmadinejad is the president and a leader of Iran, you need to take a course about Iran!.

    Fourth, if west close their eyes of dictatorships and crazy ppl around the world and think about economy and not human lives one day these crazy ppl will do something crazy.

    Do not try to be John Lennon, you are not. You are a journalist, seek the truth.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Mr, since you are a truth seeker, what do you suggest we do to stop other dictatorships who have nuclear weapons?
      Just wondering?

      March 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  12. Rob

    Fareed is a terrible TV host. He is horribly boring, and stands up for every arab nation. No wonder he and Obama are in tight.
    It amazes me that CNN actually lets this guy talk. But then again CNN is not really such an open to others view station, want proof that that, watch that Soledad O'brien. Talk about one sided.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Inno'

      I do not know what's the bashing of this commentary by Zakaria. If Israelis want to strike Iran, by all means, let them. Why take your campaign to the USA or elsewhere. Haven't the US citizens died enough under enemy fire in the last decade? If I may ask, how many Israelis ever dared to join forces with the US to fight in Afghanistan, Iraq, Balkan, or elsewhere or assisted in the number of disasters that have struck the US recently?

      Is it not it very absurd to consider Israel a legitimate State when their occupation of Palestine soil is deemed illegitimate?

      Anyway, most Americans and the British politicians have sold their soul to Jewish finance, so they have to pay-up with their pound of flesh when the call is made. What a pity!

      March 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • mrdore

        inno.. ur an idiot.. Israel has offered many time and would love to simply do the job themselves. They have not been allowed to because it would disrupt an alliance of arab nations. Go crawl back under your hole!

        March 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  13. usa =iran=syria=russi killers and murderors

    how you can avoid another war id you are allpwing russia to sale arm to syrian thugs to kill millions and iran give money to terrorists to kill more how you avoid war if you tell the afganestani people sorry every day, sorry for killing your kids and father...sorry for ra ping yopur sisters and brothers in jail and in abo ghreeb prsion ..sorry for burning the quran ..sorry for spiting and peeing in the mosque..sorry for killing the kids and women every day...
    U.S. soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians, Karzai says

    From Sara Sidner, CNN

    updated 12:14 PM EDT, Sun March 11, 2012

    U.S. service member detained in Kandahar

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    NEW: Pres. Hamid Karzai says the dead include 9 children and 3 women
    A local official says 16 people were killed when the soldier went house to house
    ISAF's deputy commander calls it an "appalling incident"
    The service member turns himself in after the shooting, an ISAF spokesman says

    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - An American soldier left his base in Afghanistan and went from house to house in two villages, killing 16 people in their homes, Afghan officials told CNN Sunday.

    The dead include nine children and three women, plus five wounded, President Hamid Karzai said.

    "The murdering of innocent people intentionally by an American soldier is an act of terror that is unforgivable," Karzai said.

    The incident looks likely to inflame tensions still further between foreign troops and Afghan civilians, many of whom were enraged by the burning of Qurans by American troops last month.

    American officials from President Barack Obama down called the burning an accident and apologized for it, but riots left dozens dead, including six American troops. Hundreds more Afghans were wounded.

    Obama has been briefed on Sunday's shootings, two administration officials said.

    "The soldier goes to the villages of Alokozai and Barakzai and attacks four houses, in which he kills 16 civilians and wounded others," said Haji Agha Lali, a member of the provincial council who said he had just been to the area.

    NATO's International Security Assistance Force confirmed that a soldier had gone off base and fired on civilians before turning himself in, but did not say how many victims there had been.

    There has been confusion about the number of casualties since the shooting in Kandahar province, eastern Afghanistan, with different sources offering different numbers.

    Capt. Justin Brockhoff of ISAF said there had been "multiple" casualties and that the injured Afghans were being treated in ISAF facilities.

    ISAF commander Gen. John Allen said the "deeply appalling incident in no way represents the values of ISAF and coalition troops or the abiding respect we feel for the Afghan people."

    "I am absolutely dedicated to making sure that anyone who is found to have committed wrongdoing is held fully accountable," he said.

    Acting U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham said his country was "saddened by this violent act against our Afghan friends."

    "We deplore any attack by a member of the U.S. Armed Forces against innocent civilians," he said in a video statement, assuring "the people of Afghanistan that the individual or individuals responsible for this terrible act will be identified and brought to justice."

    Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, said American troops were "under tremendous pressure in Afghanistan," but that "no one can condone or make any suggestion that what (the service member) did was right because it was absolutely wrong."

    Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the United States was "on the right track to get out of Afghanistan just as soon as we can."

    Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services committee, said: "It is one of those things that you cannot explain except to extend your deepest sympathy to those victims and see that justice is done."

    He was speaking on Fox News Sunday.

    The Taliban claimed that 50 people had been killed, but the Islamist militia regularly exaggerates casualty figures.

    They disputed ISAF's version of events, saying several soldiers went on a raid that resulted in dozens of deaths.

    But Maj. Jason Waggoner, another ISAF spokesman, said: "The civilian casualties were not the result of any operations. The soldier was acting on his own. After the incident he returned to the compound and turned himself in."

    Brockhoff said officials do not yet have a motive for the shooting, which is under investigation by both NATO and Afghan officials.

    Civilian casualties as a result of action by the NATO-led international coalition have long caused anger in Afghanistan, adding pressure on international forces to withdraw.

    The international force has said avoiding civilian casualties is a high priority.

    "My command's mission is to protect the civilian people of Afghanistan," Gen. Allen said last month. "I take very seriously the loss of every Afghan life. We will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of the Afghan population."

    The number of ISAF-caused civilian deaths decreased by nearly 17% from 2010 to 2011, the coalition force said in its December monthly report.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  14. mark

    This is Iraq all over again. Republicans beat the drums for war. Have they learned nothing? How is this war going to be paid for? They should have a plan in place that includes tax increases to pay for it and a draft so the human sacrifice is spread amongst all classes, not just the poor and middle class. Maybe if the politicians sons and daughters go off to fight and die they will find a different path. It's all too easy when you've got nothing to lose.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Exactly, bring back the draft and let the middle-class war lovers fight and die instead of making their dumb macho comments.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  15. fk iran

    war is the only solution with iran and syria , those thugs do not know the langauge of peace,,,,as long as iran has money and pay russia and hizboallah the region will be at war....we must get red of the snake head IRAN...and the snake tail SYRIA will fall and all other evil hands will be cut like hizboallah and iraqi shiia thugs...those killers have no value for human life and rights.,....russian dont like arabs or muslims they like the money, saling wepaons and arms and seen them kill each other, russia mut pay for this crim aganist humanity , the russian leaders mut put to trail as war criminals...../SILENCE IS A CRIME , UN, NATO , USA , UK AND ALL THE REST ARE SILENT AND THIS IS THE WORSE CRIME AGANIST HUMANITY. FK YOU ALL FK IRAN AND ALL THOSE SHIIA THUGS

    March 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Very sophisticated analysis , thanks for your counsel.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  16. HugoCorv

    Well, at least Zakaria's finally come out of the closet and openly said there's nothing wrong with Iran getting nuclear weapons.

    In other words, according to Zakaria, the mouthpiece of the mullahs in Iran, there's nothing wrong with the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world getting nukes.

    According to Zakaria, there's nothing wrong with Iran obtaining immunity from military intervention and taking over the whole Middle East, that has 60% of the oil reserves.

    According to Zakaria, there's nothing wrong with Iran turning every Arab country into a vassal state like it did in Lebanon.

    According to Zakaria, there's nothing wrong with Iran increasing exports of terror worldwide after obtaining immunity from military intervention.

    I am anti-war. I not only opposed the 2003 Iraq war, but was concerned that the U.S. might overreact after 9-11 (I'm glad I was wrong). But I am surprised to see a treasonous article on CNN.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      I agree 100% with your assessment of this article. For CNN to continue to allow this BIASED man's propaganda, disguised as intelligent thought, to rank at or near the top of their page, I am seriously considering dropping CNN as a source of "semi-news." If this idiot keeps getting high placement by CNN, then I will cease to use them as a source in my rotation of information, and I encourage others to do the same. I do not like to be lied to or manipulated on a subject as Zakaria is so comfortable doing. Zakaria would clearly like to see some type of Islamic Caliphate in place, powered by nuclear arms. Hmmm...I wonder why? CNNm you should be ashamed of yourselves!

      March 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
      • wolfman

        Dan, you sound too intelligent to have such an opinion. Who is your "unbiased" source of news. Bill O'Reilly?. Fareed has excellent programs many with guests who I'm sure you would agree with, making them unbiased of course. If the show is so troubling please don't watch it and get all upset.
        I

        March 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  17. Dan

    Dead wrong, dead wrong, dead wrong. The meaning of this phrase takes on new fire with Zakaria's inane points. His bias is unmistakable and a farce for CNN to put up as valuable debate! This is not just about the risk to Israel. This is not about preserving peace, since that appeasement path alone has always lead to war. This is about sparking a nuclear arms race in the most volatile part of the world. This is about nuclear proliferation into a terrorist state and losing control of this most dangerous weapon to others who breath the fire of apocalypse and martyrdom and would not hesitate to use it. This is about not letting a clear rogue state have the added power of nuclear weapons which will ONLY embolden them to act with even more impunity. This is about preventing a CLEAR enemy of the United States from achieving the most terrible weapon on Earth, and people like Zakaria should try much harder to remember where their real loyalties lie.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  18. scieng1

    Mr. Zakaria, you have stretched your credibility past the breaking point with the show today. Never have I seen to promote so much deception in the effort to support Obama and the bigger war he is leading us to. You used to be an example of an attempt at credible journalism.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      "obama and the war he is leading to" . Say what? I haven't heard the President beating any war drums but you should be listening more to the three chicken hawks running for the Republican Party.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  19. Lady T

    Boy oh boy, there are alot BS on this board today. The people of israel do not want a war........so what in the hell is BiBi talking about.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  20. Ronen

    Zakaria, the Islamic sympathizing tool, please move your broadcast over to Tel Aviv. Then you can tell nightly your opinions about why no one should attack Iran's regime, while you're sitting at the target zone. Like I said. Tool...

    March 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  21. Alexander Bernal

    As usual, YOU ARE WRONG!

    "First, Iran does not have nuclear weapons and the evidence is ambiguous – genuinely unclear – as to whether it has decided to make them."

    Mr. Zakaria: Do you have a brain?

    March 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • HugoCorv

      Exactly... why should Iran make several hardened nuclear installations buried deep underground on in mountains?

      Why have they kept them secret? These installations were never disclosed, but were found out about.

      Why does a country so rich in oil and gas need nuclear power?

      Why is it enriching so much more uranium to 20% than is needed?

      Why is it denying access to inspectors to nuclear sites until it has "cleaned up" the area?

      March 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Zakaria thinks we are as stupid as those in the world who blindly follow despot opinions and fact-less propaganda. The attempt here is to delay the American people, to obfuscate, to set doubts where clearly there are none. You don't build "peaceful" nuclear facilities hundreds of feet underground and fortify them! This is an attempt to "throw enough mud on the wall, and some of it will stick." I am beginning to suspect that Zakaria is secretly on the payroll of the Iranian state. Luckily, Americans are smart enough to see and smell a snake. CNN, on the other had has no excuse, and we should shower them with protests over this idiot being given such a prominent place in our media when all he is is a mouthpiece for the enemy.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Alexander, maybe your the one missing a brain. Even the CIA and US military are not sure what in fact the case is, but
      then you must be better informed. Are you happy with the results of the Iraq war? Oh , I guess it doesn't matter does it?

      March 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  22. SHIIAZIM = EVIL

    IF I CONTROL EARTH
    I WILL GET ALL SHIIA THUGS IN IRAN, SYRIA IRAQ, HIZBOALLAH THE ISMAILIES , QARAMETA,ALAWYAT AND EVERY EMMAM IN SHIIA AND BURN THEM LIKE THEY WANT TO BURN THE JEWS....THOSE SHIIA THUGS ARE WORSE THAN HITLER. SHIIAZIM=NAZI=FASHIST=TERRORISTS

    March 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Nuke

      The word is "fascist". And stop yelling. We can read in small letters, too.

      March 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  23. Anonymous

    I had a dream last night...
    EUREKA, I found Odysseus' cave in the Island of Paliki...
    I uttered, "Open Sesame"...and therein I found a bottle...I opened the top and a Genie appeared before me granting me 3 wishes..."anything your heart desires, it said"...

    I responded after a second of hesitation and replied, "First and foremost, I want to return home...
    Second, I want the people of my home to set free so they can come to know what freedom is and what it symbolized...
    And last but not least, I wish for the Israeli Arabs to live in peace in their own homeland and the orthodoxy to receive their prize star once and for all..."

    Then I woke up to reality...

    March 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Najda

      You got to stop smoking that shiet.

      March 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  24. Ali-reza

    Its not acquiring nuclear weapons, but it's the current regime in Iran which is the cancer of the modern world. As an Iranian, I feel for my people. Those who suffer the oppression of the current regime while being at the danger of an attack by foreign military. ( as far as I am concerned doesn't matter which one). Irans regime in a cancer and needs to be removed. THERE IS NO NEGOTIATION. To all naive democrats who want negotiation...Iran is not Russia, Pakistan nor even north Korea. We don't like to be told what to do. We don't negotiate. That's why we are where we are after 2500 years history. We should have been the superpower of the world. But look at us! Mr zakaria...your comments are not accurate and misleading to already misled democrats. This is not a game. You are responsible as a public figure to do smart journalism. Kissinger???. Are you kidding me? The guy is fossil. what do you think Iran wants to do.? For peace purpose? Nuclear plant. Irans regime does not give a damn as what happens in Iran. People are dying of hunger. They need food before electricity...but all the oil money goes to feed Hezbollah and Irans regime interest out of Iran. While little kids in Iran are hungry. You stupid democrats, open ur eyes. Negotiation with Iran? It's like negotiating with a 5 year old.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  25. HugoCorv

    Iran knows this is their moment to get nukes. Once they get them, nobody will be able to stop them.

    After the fall of the Soviet Union, the CIA revealed that Iran hired several of their nuclear scientists.

    Iran had been covertly developing a nuclear weapons program for decades.

    The ONE time it stopped its nuclear weapons program was when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003.

    So, the only proven way to stop Iran's nuclear weapons is to have a credible military threat.

    Why is Zakaria afraid of the truth? Why doesn't he talk about these facts?

    March 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Clearly Zakaria is biased and has an agenda, and it is not aligned with the safety or security of the American people or the world.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • wolfman

        Yeah Dan, right. Fareed is against the security or the US and the world, that is if he has a different view than you do.

        March 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  26. MedinaDad

    As a journalist Mr. Zakaria is supposed to be objective yet his positions are always liberal, always pro-Arab and always anti-Isreali. Do you notice how he down plays the urgency of this all? 'Yea, they may get some dirty nukes in a few years so don't worry about it. After all, the US will prtect you." Really? I'm fairly certain that this admisistration would respond either with conventional weapons or with further santions. In the case of the former, thousands of US troops will die because we failed to support Israel now. Iran has promised to destroy Isreal and Mr. Zakaria thinks this is all talk, but is willing to believe that Iran could be trusted in a peace treaty.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  27. jef taw

    Fareed, your assesment of Irans "rationality" on Sunday morning.. is almost outrageous......But.. Most glaring,.. is your assertion that Iran would not give/share a nuclear bomb with their proxy terrorists thugs..... All these Religious fanatics have been saying for years is how their going to wipe out Israel and the US.....their religious zeal is what seperates the threat from any other misguided comparison you made this morning, with respect to other nations actions....Your liberally biased refusal to acknowledge the dark reality of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, is a threat to the security of all free people. Iran must be stopped....... Any comparisons to mistakes in Iraq 10 yrs. ago or Isreali domestic politics are irrelevent concerning Iran getting the bomb! finally.....Rula on your show this morning?....yes,I agree, she is a loser...

    March 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  28. Flex

    At what cost Mr. Zakaria...???

    March 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  29. Dan

    Zakaria thinks we are as stupid as those in the world who blindly follow despot opinions and fact-less propaganda. The attempt here is to delay the American people, to obfuscate, to set doubts where clearly there are none. You don't build "peaceful" nuclear facilities hundreds of feet underground and fortify them! This is an attempt to "throw enough mud on the wall, and some of it will stick." I am beginning to suspect that Zakaria is secretly on the payroll of the Iranian state. Luckily, Americans are smart enough to see and smell a snake. CNN, on the other hand has no excuse, and we should shower them with protests over this idiot being given such a prominent place in our media when all he is is a mouthpiece for the enemy.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  30. lvindi

    Mr. Zakaria speaks so "matter of factly" that Israel has a nuclear weapons...He must clearly have knowledge that no one else has

    March 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Maybe he has "friends" in the Arab or Persian world who have given him secret intel we don't have? Maybe he owes them something seeing how he regurgitates like a trained parrot these terrorist regimes anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rhetoric? Maybe he owes someone in the Arab world a few favors, and he's using his poison pen and lies to pay them off? His opinion is SO biased and full of white-lies, I can't imagine any other reason for his obvious misdirection on this issue. Only time and retirement memoirs will tell....and I hope that his retirement is soon.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
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