Just Say No to Another War
Danged those Iranians threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz – again. It’s not the first time and likely won’t be the last. It’s about all they have that they can threaten. Now some argue that should the Iranians close the Strait the US Navy should blow the Iranian Navy off the face of the Earth. Of course this would be done in the name of enforcing the right of free passage through international waters. Great propaganda cover if you ask me – kinda like saying invading Iraq was for saving the world from weapons of mass destruction. Regardless, such an act would cause loss of life on both sides and apparently we haven’t had enough service members killed or wounded by war yet. Realistically, any attempt by Iran to block the Strait would be temporary at best. More likely it would be nothing more than an illusion in the minds of the Iranians. Yet, there are many who are more than willing to commit an act of war of Iran. I figure they then would use such an act to open general invasion of Iran – probably under the guise of preventing those evil Iranians from obtaining nuclear weapons. The hawks of conservatism and the Republican Party will be gleeful at finally getting their wishes for “stopping” Iran. Too bad not one drop of their blood will be spilled in accomplishing their goals.
In their desire to paint the Iranians as the next great menace to the world (now that the Iraqis and Afghans have been tamed, or almost tamed), it has come to my attention that American Thinker has posted another article on the Iranians building missile bases in Venezuela for Hugo Chavez. This is a story that quotes the Jerusalem Post, which itself quotes a story in the German Newspaper Die Welt. It goes all the way back to late 2010, early 2011 and is yet to be confirmed by any hard intelligence or evidence – then or now. But it certainly helps paint the horns of the devil on the Iranians. 2012 may well bring us to war with the Iranians and I will once again find myself on the anti-war side of the argument (and maybe give our government continuing “reasons” to consider me a danger?). War with Iran makes no more sense than the Iraq or Afghan wars. It will, once again, be an act of a bully – the USA – compelling its standards upon another nation. But heck, since when has something needed to be proven to start a war?
And now we have the case of Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a US born Iranian-American, who has been sentenced to death for espionage. Hekmati is an ex-Marine who went to Iran to visit family and now finds himself as a pawn in US-Iranian politics. Of course the US condemns the sentence, for all the good it will do. One has to wonder though why – if the US is so heavy on sanctions against Iran – he would be allowed to go to Iran in the first place? It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but then Americans tend to think they are able to go anywhere in the world with some kind of force field around them that will protect them from all harm. If the Iranians do execute this young man it will be a further bone of contention, yet he made a poor choice in traveling to Iran in the first place. He opened himself up to being used by the Iranian government – unless of course the charges against him are true, in which case there isn’t much the US can say about his conviction.
Along with the continuing distaste the US has for Iranian nuclear weapon research and construction, the hawks are looking for any issue they can to continue “proving” to the world how evil and dangerous the Iranian are and that they must be stopped – it would seem at any cost. The US has been through this before with India, Pakistan, and North Korea. The nation survived it in those cases and will when the Iranians (or any other nation) successfully builds nuclear weapons. Remember that only one nation in the world has ever used nuclear weapons on mass destruction. Maybe it is the world that should be scared of the US having nuclear weapons?
Maybe the Mayans were on to something about 2012 being the end of the world? (psssst, that’s sarcasm).