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May 24, 2006

Moving Toward War With Iran While Yawning

Topics: Iran

Looking at Iran-related news just for today, we have Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert saying in his address to both chambers of that Iran's nuclear ambitions posed "the test of our time" and urged swift international action to meet what he termed a threat to the existence of Israel, and reiterated that he believes Iran to be on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons; President Bush expressing doubts today that Iran wants a negotiated solution to the dispute over its nuclear program; a spokesman for the "Headquarters to Commemorate the Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement" announcing that Iran will launch a new suicide-bombers garrison in a ceremony in Tehran's largest cemetery on Thursday (these people are very sick!); and the situation in Iran becoming sufficiently serious so as to cause the the Bush administration to move toward establishing a new antimissile site in Europe that would be designed to stop attacks from the Middle East.

And as if all of this isn't alarming enough, we also learn from The Counterterrorism Blog that there are indications that Iran and its neighbors are preparing for war:

Military activity in the Gulf has been increasing tremendously in the past few months. According to British sources, the stock of weapons, missiles and combat planes in the six neighboring countries to Iran is now three times what it was at the onset of the Iraq war in 2003.

This arsenal is also composed of submarines, destroyers belonging to Iran and also to the international community in the Sea of Oman. An impressive number of offensive and defensive weapons are also deployed in the region. For instance, since March ,Gulf refineries and vital oil installations are protected by batteries of Patriot missiles. Furthermore, according to the Kuwaiti daily Al Seyassah, the US has built a massive stock of oil and could ask the temporary stop of Gulf refineries in order to prevent heavy damage in case of an Iranian attack. Iran has indeed warned Gulf monarchies that their oil facilities would be the first target in case of a US operation on Iranian nuclear facilities.

As I look over the news items I've mentioned, and others that I haven't, I've given some thought to how one could both fairly and adequately the Iran situation as it exists today. However, I don't think I could do any better than Allan J. Ashinoff has done in his Human Events Online piece - Iran: Dancing on the Needle's Head, in which he describes where we are now and the process to follow as we appear to be casually sitting back watching Iran's Islamic regime prepare for war against the West:
(...) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has set Iran on a collision course with the world powers over nuclear technology. The Iranian leader's argument for his nation's nuclear path is simple and even legitimate. Iran believes that any sovereign nation is entitled to pursue nuclear power to suit its purpose be it energy or weaponry. In this view Ahmadinejad is not alone. French President Chirac was quoted via a spokesman as saying that "France believes in the need for the demands of non-proliferation to be respected, but believes this does not in any way prejudice Iran's right to civil nuclear energy within such a framework." France is not alone in this position as many European Union nations and Russia seem to believe Iran responsible enough to posses and wield the earth most destructive power.

(...) Unlike Iraq, the world clearly knows where Iran's nuclear ambitions are leading. The Iranian leader made his intentions clear that he views the destruction of Israel as an Islamic duty. Any world leader making such a statement is either fanatically insane or extraordinarily calculating. Ahmadinejad has publicly threatened the existence of another sovereign nation, Israel, and nothing has been done by Israel, the UN, or any other nation to curtail the probability of an actual strike. The world has known for quite some time that Iran has aggressively supported terrorism across the globe. Very much like a bully who needs to talk himself into action Iran has been building its courage as it builds its ability to make war. Once the bully feels his punch is great enough to back his mouth the fight ensues.

(...) Neither Israel nor America has the luxury of time with a diplomatic oil embargo. Considering the United Nations record in such matters and the time it takes to manufacture nuclear weapons, to wait allows Iran to grow stronger and increases the likelihood of greater bloodshed. Can the world afford to play politics and posture while literally millions of human lives hang in the balance? Europe stood by as Hitler grew to his murderous prominence on their continent. Will Europe will stand by, and possibly assist, as seventh century Muslim fundamentalist minds arm themselves with 21 century weaponry?

The only question that remains to be answered is the hour at which that fight will indeed ensue, as the world enters into the holocaust so often wished for, planned, and threatened by Ahmadinejad and tacitly approved by Iran's mullahs.

Meanwhile, one would think that time was of no essence, as the world appears to yawn it's way toward disaster. The world cannot afford to "play politics and posture while literally millions of human lives hang in the balance", as virtually all of Europe did previously while Hitler prepared for and subsequently embarked upon the war that subsequently affected the entire world?

As usual, feedback is always welcome, as is discussion on anything written at Hyscience.

Posted by Richard at May 24, 2006 1:06 PM

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