J. D. Longstreet
“Iran has now built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday.” (From the Financial Times.) For details go HERE. The report goes on to say: “The new figures come in a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, released on Thursday. This revealed that Iran’s production of low enriched uranium had previously been underestimated.”
No Kidding? Why, they must be joking, right? Hardly. Iran has been telling the world what they are doing and what they intend to do with that bomb as soon as they have it built. Well, for all we know, they may have the thing built, already!
If the diplomats of this world have anything to learn at all, it is this… when a man, or a country, tells you they intend to do something, then you’d damn well better listen and prepare your countermove.
I grew up as a scrawny little kid. I was picked on a lot because of my size. Until I learned that I had to strike first, with everything I had, before the bully, or would- be bully knew what had hit him. It saved my behind a number of times. Some of those guys would have wiped the floor up with my scrawny little behind had I not taken matters into my own hands and removed the threat. I suppose that is one of the reasons I can relate to the nation of Israel, as I certainly do today.
I bring Israel into this, for two reasons, which quickly boil down into one reason. Israel will be target number one for Iran’s Atom Bomb. Israel will have to remove the threat before Iran can strike and Israel must be prepared to act alone. The US can no longer be counted on to stand beside Israel. I am confident that Israel knows this and that may be the underlying reason why, Benjamin Netanyahu may very well be the next Prime Minister of Israel. The stage is being set.
Now… for those of you with terminally short attention spans… a word about Iran:
Last July, I wrote in this very space the following: “Iran is the instigator of much of the terror around the globe today with training, and with money, munitions, material, and in a number of cases, personnel. It is one thing for Iran, alone, to have the bomb, it is quite another for Iran to begin handing those nuclear bombs off to bands of terrorists, all over the planet, who have absolutely no qualms about setting one of them off in Berlin, Paris, Lisbon, London, or New York! And therein lies the greatest threat posed by Iran’s ownership of The Bomb. Too often we have adjusted our national blinders so that we are seeing only an atomic attack upon Israel instigated by Iran. I must tell you, the likelihood of Iran arming terrorists with A-bombs is far more likely and, far and away, more dangerous to the US and the world.
Some of us in America understand that it will take a nuclear disaster in one of our large cities to get the attention of that portion of Americans who normally do not take part in the daily grind of everyday politics in the country and the world. They are those folks who will ask: “Now why would anyone want to bomb one of our great cities”? They are the folks who will STILL be puzzled as the mushroom cloud rears it’s dark, ugly, countenance above the ruins of what was formally a thriving metropolis with hundreds of thousand of Americans minding their own business, just like them, before the blinding flash that took their lives.
We have always had those folks with us. Historians tell us that when the 13 Colonies girded for war against Great Britain, 1/3 were for the War for Independence, 1/3 were against the war, and 1/3 didn’t care, one way or the other.
In the days of yesteryear it was gallant, chivalrous even, to allow the opponent to get off the first shot before America took them out. Today… there will be no chance to strike back. The weapons of war are so powerful that he who gets of the first shot, most likely, will be the winner (if there is such a thing as a “winner” in a nuclear war.)
The point of my rambling is this: Iran must be stopped. And the deed must be done sooner, rather than later. Americans, befuddled by all the politics in the air, both day and night for the past two years, (and the recession on top of that worry) are NOT paying attention to the gathering threat from Iran. Americans are distracted. Distracted is not a good thing when a country is at war for it’s very existence. (It is also “not a good thing” when we have a Commander-in-Chief as naïve as the one we have now. But, we elected the President, and we are stuck with him for at least four years. And, I am convinced he has no idea the trouble the world is in and no idea of how to deal with it.)
We DO have a choice. We can take out the nuclear threat from Iran and continue to enjoy a life of freedom, or we can allow Iran to build the bomb, disseminate it to terrorist bands around the globe, and live in fear and trembling as slaves to the Islamofacists. Those are the choices. There is NO MIDDLE GROUND… contrary to what some leading politicians would have us believe.
Now, understand. I am not “warmongering” here. What I AM trying to do is redirect the spotlight onto the very REAL, and possibly worse, threat emanating from Iran’s possession of an Atomic Bomb. And that is… again… arming terrorists with it.
For the past 292 years we have had it rather easy, as a nation. We’ve had our wars, even amongst ourselves, but, we have had periods of peace. But, I fear that is over.
I hate to break it to some of you, but the war on terror is a never-ending war. It is not likely we will ever again have a world without US troops in the Middle East. But, even if it comes to pass, that we DO manage to dampen the hostilities there, it will be only temporary. In the meantime, wars all over the globe will flare-up and US troops will be required and called into combat in diverse places. It will be a constant struggle; waged from day to day, as young Americans spill their blood in an attempt to keep the death and destruction from our shores. But, eventually, it will arrive here, in America, and we, too, will live then as Israel does today. We’ll not be able to board a municipal bus without worrying if it has a bomb affixed to it, or enter the doors of a shopping mall without the same fear, or attend a sporting event, without that same dark worry tugging at our conscious minds. It will become a way of life and we will yearn for these days of relative peace. Hardly an American family will survive without a death, or multiple deaths, of their young as a result of these wars.
Gloomy? Yes, it is, very. But as I approach my seventieth decade on this earth, I can look ahead and base this prediction on my experience of the 5 wars, in my lifetime, (so far) in which we have engaged the enemy and found that we have won, lost, or “tied” at the conclusion.
It is said in the Holy Scriptures that in the latter days, or “end times” as some refer to those days, “men will cry peace, peace, but there will be no peace”. Those Scriptures have proven time and time again to be right on target. I see no reason to doubt them, or their wisdom, as we stand at the threshold of a war without end.”
That was written in July of last year.
I watch with anxious anticipation the elections in Israel and I hope against hope that Netanyahu becomes the Prime Minister. For I believe Bibi will stand up to Obama and I am convinced, at least at this point in history that Netanyahu will do whatever it takes to stop Iran cold. If so, Netanyahu will have saved the world… at least for another day.
J. D. Longstreet