Mankind invented the damned thing and has used it twice. Sooner or later mankind will use it again.
We all know what the damned thing is, The Bomb. Despite
looms ominously on the horizon.
Must the 21st century be scorched by a nuclear war? I see little chance of stopping it.
said: â€œNo sane citizen, political leader or nation wants thermonuclear war.â€ Do the U.S., Israel and Iran have
the world needs rational decisions of rational governments headed by rational leaders backed by rational citizens.
Where are these rational leaders
of governments? You tell me. The U.S. is run by trigger-happy, paranoid gunslingers
and several other countries, such as North Korea and Iran appear to be just as reckless.
By the ill-advised invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States exposed
a serious vulnerability in its much-vaunted military might. The U.S.
cannot fight, or win, a long term, ground-based
, guerilla war. The citizens of America do not want a ruthless Empire-building regimeâ€¦ not that what Americans want
is of any concern to the Bush Administration or to the â€œthinkâ€ tanks
which design and drive
Men who ought to know better are repeating the mistakes made
in the Vietnam War.
This â€˜back to the futureâ€™ state of affairs has not gone unnoticed by
Iraqâ€™s neighbor Iran. Hated by the late Saddam Hussein, by the American
public, by the manipulators in Washington and by the leaders of Israel,
Iran has seen its opportunity for Middle East dominance. Hoping that
the U.S. will suffer a serious humiliation in Iraq, does Iran do more
than pray for the Shia majority in Iraq? Remember, Iran has a powerful friend
A game of defiance is being played out by the Iranian regime. It is a
game of brinksmanship to see just how much Iran can get away withâ€¦ and
gain in the process.
As a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
, Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful uses. Israel, Pakistan and India, all nuclear powers, are not signatories
. This is the trump card
Iran has been playing all along.
Does Iran have a covert nuclear weapons
program? Nobody really knows
. This is precisely Iranâ€™s idea, to keep the world guessing
. The potential of Iran possessing nuclear weapons gives that country clout
and leverage in the Middle East.
The possibility of an Iran capable of launching nuclear weapons
certainly has much of the world quite nervousâ€¦ too nervous. Previously
committed to non-nuclear policies, Other Persian Gulf
nations, are concerned to the point of reversing those policies and have announced their own plans of developing â€œpeacefulâ€ nuclear capabilities
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has stated quite clearly
that Israel will not permit a nuclear Iran.
The United States also considers a nuclear Iran unacceptable
Does the U.S. dare to invade Iran with a conventional ground army?
Obviously, this is a ludicrous impossibility. The US military has told
Bush only 9,000 troops are available
for his â€œsurgeâ€ in Iraq. Bush has rejected diplomacy
. So what are the remaining options? I think they are fairly obvious. Is wiping Iran
off the map one of those â€œoptionsâ€
Bush has left on the table?
How far does Iran dare to push Israel and the United States? How far do
Israel and the U.S. dare to push Iran? At what point will someone lose
a nuclear temper? Israel may be standing on the brink right now with
reports of plans to nuke
Iranian nuclear facilities
. Israel denies
the report labeling it â€œincorrect.â€
Time and time again Israel has shown little mercy to those who threaten her. The state of Israel believes in ensuring its survival
. Brutal retaliation
for any threat to her security has been Israelâ€™s modus operandi. And now, after last summerâ€™s Lebanese debacle
, Israel sits in embarrassed defeat by Hezbollahâ€¦ and fearful of another Holocaust.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad needs to learn some tact. Recently the Iranian president further taunted Israel with his Holocaust Conference
Ahmadinejad has been quoted as calling for Israel to be â€œwiped off the map.â€
Manouchehr Mottaki, Iranâ€™s foreign minister attempted to clarify
Ahmadinejadâ€™s speech. Speaking in Brussels, Mottaki said of Israel â€œWe
do not recognize legally this regime." Mottaki asked, â€œHow is it
possible to remove a country from the map?â€ Good question. Ask Israel,
Will the Israelis use the boastings
of an increasingly unpopular
loud mouth like Ahmandinejad as one of their excuses to attack Iran? Itâ€™s been done beforeâ€¦ in Iraq.
Will Israel say â€œenough!â€ and push the button?
Or will George W. Bush beat Israel to it? As â€œWar President,â€ Mr. Bush
has been a failure. Public support for Bushâ€™s â€œGlobal War on Terrorâ€
has turned against him not because of the illegality, expense or
slaughter but because losing another war has embarrassed America and
her puffed up president.
Delusional dreams of conquest have addled The Deciderâ€™s decision making. Reality is falling dreadfully short of his fantasies.
A second U.S. carrier strike group
has been sent to the Persian Gulf, not for diplomatic purposes but as a threat to Iran. Like a sitting duck, these carrier groups
are easy targets for Iranâ€™s newly acquired missiles
. Itâ€™s almost as if Bush is baiting the Iranians
to lob a missile at a U.S. aircraft carrier which would give him the green light to push the red button.
Bush means business
. A tactical U.S. nuclear strike would serve as a firm warning to the rest of the world that The Will of Bush must be served. Or would it?
In the twilight of his second term, Bush is desperate to do something glorious
. Is Bush crazy enough to consider nuclear war a crowning glory?
Are any of the involved parties rational enough to back away
Elizabeth Gyllensvard contributed to and edited this story.