The west in general and the United States in particular have long been courageous in our fight against extremism and evil. We fought the Kaiser in WWI, Hitler and his goosestepping Nazis and the imperial Japanese in WWII and the list goes on to include communists all over the world as well as two-bit tyrants and dictators. However, in the past two decades there has been a noticeable decline of courage in the west.
This is highlighted by a recent report that IAEA chief Yukiya Amano cannot confirm that Iran’s nuclear work is entirely peaceful. How shall I state this… YOU’RE KIDDING??? Are we talking about the same Iran here? You know, the one that threatens to drive Israel into the sea and to ‘cut off the hands’ of anyone who attacks it?
If this were in the year 1950 or even 1980, we would most likely have already bombed Iran into dust and would have ended all speculation that they were trying to obtain nuclear weapons. Iran is not like the Soviet Union where the threat of mutually assured destruction is a valid threat. Ahmadinejad has already stated his willingness to sacrifice the country and its citizens as long as he can strike a blow against Israel (‘the little Satan’) and the United States (‘the big Satan’). We cannot say that we have X number of warheads and if they hit us they’ll be removed from the face of the earth. Their leader doesn’t care!
We should be standing in solidarity with our ally Israel and telling them that if they feel the need to strike Iran, we will provide them the weapons, the cover, the munitions etc. But instead we are sitting around on our hands, twiddling our thumbs and allowing one of history’s craziest madmen to inch ever closer to the ability to kill hundreds of thousands if not millions. There are disturbing and eerie parallels between the west’s initial reaction to Adolf Hitler and it’s current reaction to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In both cases we have tried to appease them, with Hitler it was the Sudetenland, with Iran it’s enriched uranium enriched elsewhere. The parallels are frightening and show that we are doing everything wrong when it comes to solving the Iranian crisis.
We should immediately ready the Air Force for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in coordination with the IAF, Israel’s Air Force. No one’s talking about sending in the ground troops, however, we need to make sure that Iran does not get the bomb. If it does, a ground war in Iran would pale in comparison to the casualties that Iran could unleash on Israel and the wider world.
Will we stand strong in this hour of grave consequence or will we shrink back from the task before us as Neville Chamberlain did a generation before and led to the deaths of 50 million and nearly the plunging of the entire world into a dark age? Will we make sure that Iran does not go nuclear or will we allow a massive nuclear arms race to erupt in the Middle East? God help us if we do.