There comes a time when you finally got to put on the other shoe and give it a whirl for a mile or two. Abstract reasoning, the crux of international diplomacy, has left the Bush Administration as quickly as a preacher caught in the whorehouse. Some question if it was ever there, with choices like Bolton for the UN or Baker actually defending Saudi Arabia against survivors of 9-11. But as we enter the era of regional power nuclear proliferation, we must stop for a second and be rational for moment. I come here to praise Iran, not to bury them.
Iran, if you will remember, have brought us great advancements in the science of math to astronomy, though they went under the banner of Persia back then. While their flag and traditions have evolved into modernity, they are among the oldest cultures who still have their base memes intact. Remember, it was the Zoroasters that came and told the Jews of ancient Israel that Christ had been born, but of course now they want to send them bombs.
Which brings me to my point, mutual assured annihilation. Though Russia, under the guise of the Soviet Union, and the USA had their nuclear moment as superpowers, the evolution of the atomic age has now passed down to regional powers. Recently, Pakistan and India had their nuclear moment, but they stood down and were later loosely united by the smiting power of an earthquake. Though the Kashmir question has not been fully resolved, recent bus travel across the border tells the tale that atomic power will not be the final judge, jury and executioner.
The torch of Pandora has now been passed to the regional powers in the seas of sand. But currently, the only regional power to have a nuclear arsenal is the Israel. See, the paradigm of mutual assured annihilation only works if both sides are armed with weapons they know they cannot use because it assures their total destruction. Since Israel is the only holder of said weapons, Iran is assured of only their complete annihilation. So of course they reserve the right to acquire nuclear weapons to assure their preservation, or Israel must disarm. Those are the only two real options here.
I find it ironic that we went to Babylon to find out what the rest of the world already knew, that Saddam didn’t have jack. In fact, due to problems in acquiring replaceable parts, the basics of any modern conventional army, he was no more than a paper tiger. Of course, the current administration knew this, because they had the receipts, but they were on a mission to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons. I have often wondered why we did not stop in Israel, and check on their atomic weapons, which we also have the receipts for.
So my question is, why the double standard? The atomic power paradigm only works if both sides know they cannot use their weapons, which is why they got them in the first place. Why are we against the Iranian right of self preservation? Or why are we not asking Israel to disarm? I prefer the latter for the record, for Jesus would be rather sad if we turned his Holy Land into a parking lot, and I would hate to see that guy cry.
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