Sorry Mr. Netanyahu, clip art does not make for compelling arguments for war

Taking a brief sidestep from domestic politics, I have to say I was somewhat baffled when this came up in news feed. I have no idea–I can’t even posit a theory–why the Israeli prime minister would think amateurish clip art was a good way to underscore the seriousness of taking action against Iran. It’s even more bizarre that he did this as a presentation to the UN General Assembly. I mean, I think we can all agree the situation in Iran is concerning but this? This sorta smacks of a middle manager presenting project status to a bunch of entry-level employees.

“We are 90% of the way there, guys!”

Call me paranoid, but I can’t help felling a little flash of deja vu to 2003. I’m a bit of a pacifist. I understand it’s necessary to take military action because we don’t live in a perfect world and I am terribly conflicted when I read about Syria and all the terrible atrocities that are going on. I listen to NPR guests argue about whether the US has a moral obligation to intervene, or whether the US needs to just mind its own business, and then I think to myself, wow. I really don’t know. It’s so hard to make that call living my comfortable, safe suburban life where no one tries to stone me for not covering my hair or where my religion (or lack thereof) means someone else will systematically try and kill me and everyone like me. Not that it’s my call anyway, but you know what I mean. I do think Iran’s developing nuclear program is alarming. I do think the US (and the rest of the world) should be concerned about a nuclear armed Iran. It’s just I would rather not see the US embroil itself in another war, especially since we’re not even done pulling out of Afghanistan.

And I’m sorry Israel, but this piece of clip art and red Sharpie action is just not a compelling argument. Come back when you have at least a PowerPoint presentation.

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