People who argue that the West and Israel shouldn't go to war against Iran sometimes forget that Iran long ago went to war against the West, as this story in the Guardian suggests. This is not an argument for a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear targets -- I've seen no arguments that have convinced me that a strike is a good idea -- but it's worth remembering that Iran is a terrible adversary. 

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.