Monday, April 17, 2006

If you’re old enough to remember when Iran held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, then you should remember the novelty song, “Bomb Iran”. It was sung to the tune of the Beach Boys’ song, “Barbara Ann”. It was a catchy enough little ditty. The irony is that we never did bomb Iran but given all the saber rattling we might soon.

Iran will not fall as quickly as Iraq did, should we attack them. Iran still has a standing military. Iran has 42 million more people than Iraq and is much larger. Iraq was crippled by a previous US led invasion and over a decade of crippling UN sanctions. Iran doesn’t have these problems. Certainly our Air Force has the raw firepower to cripple Iran’s military. As we have learned in Iraq a nation without a military isn’t necessarily defeated however.

Also according to a good many experts if the US were to attack Iran. Iran’s first move would be to strike Israel. If Israel gets involved the whole Middle East would become involved. This would open the gates to Hell.

Our military is already stretched dangerously thin. If we were to get involved in another conflict we would be pushed beyond our capacity. Do you really want another draft? Do you really want to see our guard and reserve units called to even more combat duty?

But that’s neither here nor there. The question that really needs to be answered is this: does Iran have the right to nuclear capability?

Is a nuclear Iran worse than a nuclear Pakistan or a nuclear North Korea? Hell, is a nuclear Iran really worse than a nuclear Russia with all its unsecured nuclear weapons? Remember it was Pakistan that helped North Korea acquire nukes. Did we bomb Pakistan?

When you consider that the US has about 10,000 nuclear weapons what are we really afraid of? We have the firepower to turn this precious blue ball into a glow in the dark parking lot. Why should we only have the destructive power of the wrath of the gods? Let’s arm everyone! Let’s arm Chad and Bolivia and Lichtenstein. Let’s arm the whole wide world until we all have the power to annihilate each other. If the USA, Russia, China, Great Britain, France, Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea get to have them, then why shouldn’t everyone? Let’s arm each other to the teeth and wait for someone to get an itchy trigger finger. Remember that the US is the only nation to use nuclear weapons in a war.

If you don’t feel like tempting Armageddon, I have an alternative. Maybe we should just outlaw nuclear weapons. Maybe, just maybe, no one should have them. You see if everyone engaged in total nuclear disarmament then we might have a more legitimate complaint. But when you got 10,000 of something and someone else might have 1 in ten years I fail to see your logic in complaining.

Sure Iran could sell the nukes to terrorists. But, so could any other nuclear-capable country. We have unleashed an unholy terror on this planet. Nuclear weapons are so terrible that they make confident cowards of all those who possess them. Nuclear nations feel secure in raw destructive might they possess but they fear terribly their enemies ever acquiring similar power.

Iran armed with nuclear weapons would be indeed very troublesome. But then again any nation armed with nuclear weapons doesn’t make me sleep any better.

“If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”

Albert Einstein referring to his role in creating nuclear weapons.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dave said...

So....what's the solution to Iran having Nukes? Just let 'em have 'em?

5:03 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hey Dave I wrote a post in response.

9:28 PM  

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