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Re: The U.S. Legal Position on Why the Embassy Should be Moved.

Posted by Spider-Pig on Wed Dec 6 10:53:56 2017, in response to Re: The U.S. Legal Position on Why the Embassy Should be Moved., posted by AlM on Wed Dec 6 09:52:12 2017.

The problem is that it may well be that the longer we wait, the worse any potential conflagration will be. North Korea is an obvious example. If we assume that a Second Korean War is inevitable, then the consequences for both sides just get worse, and it may well be better to take care of it now, even at the cost of lives. There is the major damage that North Korea can do by shelling Seoul, and the much worse damage that North Korea can do by nuking Seoul and possibly Japanese cities, or even American cities.

The fact that 30 years of diplomats have suggested keeping the status quo might just be a case of procrastination. If it does come to war, whoever is in charge now will get blamed for war, and there's no way of knowing if avoiding war would have been preferable.

As for Israel, I don't think the hostage metaphor works. Palestinian militants are currently as militant as they are able to be and pose little threat to Israel and the US. Meanwhile, Muslim terrorists all over the world are about as angry as they could be. It is unlikely that people susceptible to ISIS propaganda are going to be affected one way or another by the placement of the US Embassy. Most of them probably don't know that the embassies are all in Tel Aviv and if they know what an embassy is, probably would assume they are all in Jerusalem as it is because that is the de jure and de facto capital of Israel.

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