In my discussion with Joshua, the question of what international law has to say regarding preemptive strikes has come up: When, if ever, should they be allowed? According to Alan Dershowitz , who wrote in 2004, "Current international law is woefully inadequate for the task of preventing the deployment of weapons of mass destruction." But I'll quote him at length:
"Intelligence reports about Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear weapons
aimed at Israel are becoming ominous. Unless diplomatic pressure causes
the Iranian mullahs to stop the project, Iran may be ready to deliver
nuclear bombs against Israeli civilian targets within a few short years.
Some Iranian leaders, such as former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, have
made it clear that this is precisely what they intend to do. Killing 5
million Jews would be worth losing 15 million Iranians in a retaliatory
Israeli strike, according to Rafsanjani’s calculations.