Fareed Zakaria picks his historical analogy: the US deterred the USSR, so why can't Israel just deter Iran? Well, Israel took out Iraq's nuclear reactor, so why can't it just take out Iran's? It took out Syria's plant without much fuss either. Arguments are never clinched by historical analogy, because history is too rich. Historical analogy is the glib man's substitute for analysis. That's you, Fareed.
How history lessons could deter Iranian aggression by Fareed Zakaria | WaPo
"The global revolutionaries in Moscow, the mad autocrats in Pyongyang and the terrorist-supporting military in Pakistan have all been deterred by mutual fears of destruction."