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Is Libya so different?


Hugh White

1 September 2008 10:39

Sam wonders why I am so pessimistic about Iran forgoing its nuclear weapons, when Libya did. Is Iran really so different, he asks? Yes, it is. It is much easier to invade. With a small population, highly-concentrated along the coast, Bush really could have succeeded in Libya what he has tried in Iraq, and in 2002 it seemed quite credible he would try. I think Gadaffi pre-emptively disarmed because he understood that risk, and not because he had been converted to the virtues of non-proliferation. Don’t hold your breath for Iran to follow his example.