Obama to GOP Crusaders: Slow Down
by Eric Margolis: Beware
the Vengeance of the†Afghans
supporters, terrified by claims that a second Holocaust looms for
the Jewish state, are crying out for war against Iran.
Republican Party Ė with the exception of the intrepid Dr. Ron Paul
Ė is consumed by crusading fever against Iran, though many members
would be hard-pressed to locate the Islamic Republic on a map.
presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, whose foreign affairs experience
is, to put it politely, limited, vows unlimited military support
for Israel, with no understanding of the possible consequences.
His rivals are even more fulsome in their calls for "jihad"
against Iran and its allies.
wing government insists it must attack Iran before the "crazy"
Islamic Republic gets nuclear weapons that will be used, it claims,
to obliterate Israel.
is running out," thundered Israeli leader Bibi Netanyahu last
week while visiting Washington to show Americans who really runs
US Mideast policy.
nothing about his own nationís estimated 300 nuclear weapons, or
why it needs so many when 16-20 would obliterate the entire Arab
world and Iran. There was not a peep from Congress or the media
about Mideast nuclear disarmament.
claim raises an interesting question. Since many Americans think
itís essential to attack Iranís nuclear facilities Ė even though
US intelligence denies Iran is even working on nuclear weapons Ė
then what about North Korea?
Japan and its protector, the United States, attack North Koreaís
nuclear infrastructure? Unlike Iran, North Korea actually has an
estimated four operational nuclear weapons and some 800 short and
medium-ranged missiles that can strike US bases in South Korea and
new Taepodong missile can cover much of Japan. It is uncertain if
North Korea has yet developed nuclear warheads for its missiles,
but Pyongyang certainly has chemical and biological ones. The North
has routinely threatened to turn South Korea and Japan into a "sea
of fire." Thatís even more fevered than Iranian rhetoric.
Iran has only
a handful of highly inaccurate Shahab-II missiles with small, conventional
warheads, but no nuclear warheads. Iran has much less offensive
military capability than North Korea. In spite of intense political
pressure, all US intelligence agencies still concur that Iran is
not working on nuclear weapons.
former chief of Israelís intelligence service Mossad, just told
CBC News that it would be a mistake to attack Iran, and diplomacy
should be given more time Ė pulling the Persian carpet from under
the fire-eating Republican candidates and their hero, Bibi Netanyahu.
Iranís nuclear policies for 20 years, Iím amazed that Tehran has
not by now managed to deploy nuclear weapons. Even Israelís defense
minister recently wondered aloud why Iran hadnít already produced
US troops in North Asia are seriously threatened by North Koreaís
weapons, there are no calls in the US Congress or media to launch
a war against North Korea. To the contrary, Pyongyang is opening
new nuclear talks with the US, South Korea, Japan, Russia and China.
sensible diplomacy to the rush to war against Iran now being marketed
in the US. The United States faced thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons
for fifty years. Could not nuclear-armed Israel do the same with
Iran, assuming Tehran had a few nuclear weapons?
triad of ground, air and submarine launched nuclear weapons would
immediately obliterate Iran in any war. In fact, Israel might strike
Iran just as soon as its and Americaís recon satellites spotted
Iranian missiles being set up for fueling and launch.
President Obama had the courage to stand up to the Israel lobby
in an election year and say, "slow down." He rightly called
Republican leaders irresponsible for shamelessly beating the war
drums to pander to evangelical voters whose world view is shaped
by far right Christian radio networks and Fox News. What ever happened
to "love thy neighbor?"
In fact, President
Obama might also have told Republicans, "your leader John McCain
denounced me last week for not leading US military intervention
in Syria and Iran. Well, he backed our wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan
and Iraq, and look where that got us!"
more, the Afghan and Iraq Wars will end up costing American taxpayers
$2 trillion. This vast sum was piled on the US national debt, undermining
drawn out war against Iran Ė never mind Syria Ė could cost us another
trillion. How about asking those who demand this war to pay for
level with Americans and tell them that smashing Iran and keeping
it down by repeated bombings will cost each family $30,000 in new
facing reality. See how many Americans want a new war after that."
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at the Top of the World and the new book, American
Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the
West and the Muslim World. See his
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