My comment to an Arab News article featured on February 2, 2012
Article caption reads: ”WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a growing possibility Israel will attack Iran as early as April to stop Tehran from building a nuclear bomb, US media reported on Thursday.”
Bombing Iran is not the way to solve this problem.
Whatever problem exists now, it will become an intractable problem after any Israeli attack on Iran. Unsolvable perhaps.
There are approximately 1.7 billion Muslims living all over the planet now, according to The Economist and they, as a demographic are younger than western society – and unlike westerner’s Muslims are growing their population yearly.
Does Israel really want 2.2 billion angry Muslims on their hands by 2030? Because that’s how many they will be then – a full 26.4% of the world’s population.
Thus far, Israel and the west have only had to endure small numbers of fanatical (so-called Muslims) attacking them in the name of previous maltreatment. How many more would you like to anger? One billion, or two?
How many do you think you might handle? The words ‘eternal imbroglio’ come to mind. It may never end. Think about what you are doing now, before you commit.
The problem is not that Iran may have fuel enough to construct 4 nuclear bombs that it will never use. Nuclear bombs are useless – as any retribution for using them would be nuclear, swift, and complete. Iran would cease to exist as a nation or a place that anyone could visit for at least 100 years – other than for scientific isotope-survey purposes.
All world leaders know this equation. If you attack with nuclear weapons, expect an overwhelming nuclear response. Eye for an eye, city of 10 million for a city of 10 million.
I suspect if Iran didn’t feel threatened it wouldn’t speak with such bellicosity in the media. That is what the Israeli government is reacting to. Then, Iran reacts to that reaction! On and on it goes, the self feeding machine.
Just like the suspected WMD program in 2003 Iraq, there was no evidence beforehand nor afterwards – the Iraq Study Group itself concluded that there was never a nuclear weapons program in Iraq.
None of the imaginations of Iran’s detractors has even a shred of evidence to back up their claims. Not one shot has been fired by Iran. And that’s the real point here.
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