April 29, 2012
Is war ever the answer?
I have been fascinated with the prospect of Israel going to war with Iran over nuclear weapons. My fascination has several layers. First, one must ask, are Netanyahu, the Prime Minister, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, up to the task?
Frankly, I doubt it. The recently retired head of Israel's FBI, Yuval Diskin, also doubts it. He said he has seen them up close for six years and "they are not the people I'd want at the wheel."
One result of bombing Iran would be a dramatic acceleration of the Iranian nuclear program. Sure sounds like Diskin isn't a believer that the nuclear program can be knocked out from the air. (He also said that Israel is more and more racist. Whoa Nelly!)
Second layer. Knowing that Israel has many nuclear bombs ready to drop raises the question, If our ally Israel has nukes, how can we deny nukes to Turkey, Iran, and other countries?
Third, the Israel government seems certain that the U.S. will support the bombing, and there are hints that we might order boots on the ground! Yikes.
Finally for now, American politicians are petrified that they might be asked if they support American boots on the ground. One thing you can count on: If you are a Democrat running for the Senate, you will support Israel or your funding will fall off dramatically.
So, who is in charge? Has the president turned over American war policy to Israel? I sure hope not.
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I wonder if the Citizens United ruling contemplated the influence of foreign money, however laundered, on our elections?
-nonheroicvet | Disgusted, WI | April 29, 2012
Excellent point, nhv. As for the answer to your question, I think it is self-evident. And scary, too.
-Jeff Pieterick | Waterloo, WI | April 29, 2012
There must be money in our support of Israel or else we probably would not be its ally. There's profit to be made in destroying the planet and those who dwell on it. Some might call this a necessary progress. The powerful make all the rules and money, and then they die. So, what is the purpose of the moneymaking, the game playing, the power over other's lives? None of it extends our lives nor does any of it make our lives more pleasant.
-Maria Caliente | Middleton, Wisconsin | April 30, 2012