Friday, September 7, 2012

The Three Amigos, with their song that never ends

One would have thought that at least one of them would have broken an arm by now, what with all that drum-pounding . . . 

Here's the AP account (via WaPo) of our lusty warriors demanding (from the shores of beautiful Lake Como, no less; our tax dollars at work) that the US arm the Syrian rebels (yep - the same ones that number al-Qaeda militias among their cohort) and prepare to bomb the hell out of Iran.

And note that Smokin' Joe demands the same red line as Bibi's: Iran must be prevented from attaining, not just nuclear weapons, but the capability of developing them.

Shall we bomb the universities then?  All of the physics labs?  Hell, why not bomb the high schools, even grade schools?  I mean, after all, you never know which one, or how many, of those kids might want to be nuclear scientists.

Seriously, our Three Amigos might serve themselves - and the entire debate on Iran - well by reading Philip Stephens's FT essay on "Bombing Iran is the way to make sure it gets the bomb."

And for that matter, the Huff Post essay of a young Iranian writer, Fariba Amini, might help them clue into the fact that it's the proud, long-suffering people of Iran who will be on the receiving end of the US military might that our senators - and, for that matter, Mr. Netanyahu - seem so intent on calling down on their heads:

Iran is still functioning and yet it is not. Sanctions have crippled the economy and the nuclear issue is like a looming scarecrow. For every Iranian who is only trying to bring bread to the table while fighting surging inflation, life has become ever more depressing. Even for those of us who live in the West, the fear of an attack on Iran is never far from our minds. . . .

On what grounds does Israel with its 300 nukes which at any minute can annihilate the entire Middle East, have the right to attack a sovereign country and wipe it really off the map? Which international body gives it permission to do so? . . . . 

Iran is not an exemplary country by any measure, and it is far from having a representative government. It has a dismal human rights record but it is preposterous to claim that it is the biggest threat not just to Israel and the United States but to the world.

At the end of the day, Iranians will have to find a way to overcome their many problems and make the ultimate changes. The problem will not go away if Iran is shattered to pieces. The outcome is multidimensional and far worse.

Just imagine that tomorrow, the beautiful and historic city of Isfahan, home to many Jewish-Iranians and several old synagogues, may vanish, with just one bomb, from the many Israel possesses.

The Natanz nuclear power plant is not too far away.



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