BThe explosive question of military action against Iran will be the subject of “Target Iran?”– a forum on the Encyclopaedia Britannica blog starting today until October 12.
Writers will discuss the deteriorating relations between Iran and the West over Iran’s nuclear-energy program and the inflammatory rhetoric of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They’ll debate whether Iran poses a threat to the U.S., Israel and the West, and whether Iran’s conduct justifies a policy of “regime change” or even military action.
Guest bloggers approaching the subject from a range of viewpoints will include:
Scott Ritter, a former United Nations weapons inspector and critic of U.S. policies; Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute; Barbara Slavin of USA Today, author of the forthcoming “Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation”; Ervand Abrahamian, author of “Iran Between Two Revolutions” and other books on that country; James Forsyth of the London Spectator; Stephen Kinzer, author of “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq”; and Wayne White of the Middle East Institute and former deputy director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia.
Britannica has also invited a number of Iran observers to comment on the discussions, and comments from readers are welcome, too.