MIDEAST CRISIS Part Two

If radical Islam represents a threat to not only countries like Israel, Jordan and others, how do we deal with that threat? That is the question for the moment and for the future. Our future. If the middle east explodes in war, it is obvious that we will be drawn into any conflict that arises there.

The current administration has adopted a strategy of negotiating with Iran to prevent that nation from acquiring nuclear weapons. That strategy is based on several arguments.

First, Iran can be persuaded to join the league of “reasonable nations.” This argument is wishful thinking with no basis in reality. In fact, Iran has been correctly labeled as the foremost sponsor of terrorism in the world. Second, we need Iran to stop ISIS. No, we need bombing with limited “boots on the ground” to defeat ISIS. Iran is going after ISIS simply to prevent ISIS from becoming the dominant terrorist organization, a designation Iran wishes to keep for itself. Third, if we don’t negotiate with Iran, the only alternative is an all out war. If we give Iran the bomb, that will do more to hasten the threat of war then doing a bad deal. It doesn’t take a professional expert on middle eastern affairs to realize that giving Iran the bomb will set off an arms race not seen since we took on the Soviet Union after WWII. Sanctions should be increased to destroy Iran’s economy. We defeated the commies by destroying their economy. It can certainly work again with a piss ant state like Iran. Finally, Israel, so the argument goes is “overreacting” to the threat posed by Iran having the bomb. As Netty said, we are concerned with our security, Israel is concerned with its survival.

The administration, according to public info, wants a deal with Iran that would maintain Iran’s nuclear apparatus and give them a green light to have the bomb in a decade. Thus, critics, including Israel, are correct when they label this as a bad deal. Iran, then, as we have seen with North Korea, will have the ability to use war heads to strike our own country with nuclear weapons.

Perhaps the final straw is the specious argument by liberals and libertarians that if Iran has the bomb, they won’t use it. This reminds me of the “head in the sand” approach taken with Hitler and the Japanese war lords.

In both cases, we sat falsely relying on two oceans to protect us with the thought that if Hitler could be appeased by giving him a few minor European countries (like giving Iran the bomb), he would stop his terrorism or that Japan would never have the gall to attack us. Let us not fall prey to letting history repeat itself. Hopefully, Congress will have more sense than the current administration when it comes to dealing with Iran and the threat of militant Islam.

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One thought on “MIDEAST CRISIS Part Two

  1. Cutting a deal like this with Iran will make us look even weaker and misguided to Russia which is already bragging about how it’s been getting away with its lebensraum policy, claiming it has the right to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea (yet they never sent Russians soldiers there….). One can only imagine how Russia makes black-market weapons, distributes them through Iran, and these are the bombs that blow up our cities in America which become difficult to trace to the source. Our government cannot practice international policy in a vacuum, cannot target one country, one issue, as they are all interconnected. I feel badly for the people of Iran, and hope that one day they will finally revolt against their religious dictatorship. But however messy our current state of relations is with Iran, any government that creates distribution networks for terrorists is our enemy, plain and simple. And let’s not forget our very real enemy, Putin’s Russia. That BRIC is the largest vestige of 20th century geopolitics on the planet and is a dangerous threat. If there is another global war to commence, I believe Russia will start it, and when they do, Iran will be their ally. So let’s not embolden our enemies now.

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