|Iran: Our Next Proxy Enemy?|
Prime Minister Netanyahu has conveyed this demand to us, and he promises to launch World War III -- unless we give Israel more aid.
|Chiang Demanded We Attack China|
And we considered, briefly, engaging in WW-III.
Now, some would call this diplomatic blackmail; but, Israel is our "close ally" and it carries a pretty powerful political and media clout in the US -- so, US politicians are loathe to antagonize our Israeli ally.
But, the US is now war-weary --
after Iraq, which apparently did not have the Weapons of Mass Destruction -- and which supposedly targeted Israel; and Afghanistan, where the opium trade poses a greater threat than the remnants of Bin Laden's Islamic terrorists; and Libya, where we went to war by [very expensive] proxy so Europe could have oil if the Russians withheld theirs.
| Have I got a deal for you! (c) UPI|
Your Wallet -- or WW3!
Shibley Telhami (U of MD) in cooperation with the Dehaf Institute of Israel, released their results showing that public opinion in Israel opposes a strike on Iran:
"... only 19% of Israelis favor a strike, even in the face of US opposition.
"34% oppose a strike no matter what!
"42% would back a strike only if it had a at least the support of the US."
Meir Dagan, former head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, opposes a war with Iran, noting
"I decided to speak out because, when I was in office, Diskin, Ashkenazi and I could block any dangerous adventure. Now, I am afraid there is no one to stop Bibi and (Ehud) Barak."
The problem is credibility; the threat of Iran's nuclear weapon capability may be a bit overstated.
"Iran Nuclear Threat" as speculative at best!
|New Balance of Power?|
Now, Israel has had a nuclear weapons capability for more than 30 years, detonating their first bomb near South Africa in the late 1970s. That caused a bit of angst in the Middle East and raised the fear factor there quite a bit -- perhaps leading to a bit of discomfort for Israel's Arab neighbors.
[Having that nuclear weapons capability is a powerful deterrent as the French noted following WWII in its position with the USSR.
|French soldier preparing to attack|
In the end, the French military remained notable only for its parades and fancy uniforms; but, the Soviets knew better than to even voice a military threat against France, and the French were safe.
The Israelis, noted for their intellect and media clout -- if not for their social charm, recognized the French defensive measure as one they should employ -- and have, for decades.
So, what's the risk of letting all this huffing and puffing and saber rattling play out in our current political climate?
|Heh, Heh. So, what did that NIE mean! (c) Mike Judge|
How can they go wrong if they support that Yahu from Israel?
They fear being labeled as Anti-Semitic by MSM and the Council on Foreign Relations if they challenge Netanyahu -- and an uphill battle in their next election campaign.
No one argues that Iran's leadership deserves a good, swift kick in the rump.
But, are we willing to send our troops back to the Middle East to engage in a war no one wants and which will serve no purpose?
That's how we got into Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
|The Jewish Vote Counts (c) USA Today|
Yes, we should support Israel.
They are our ally [aren't they?] in the Middle East, and our politicians don't want to risk losing the political support in the US that Israel can give -- or deny.
If the Israelis don't support Netanyahu in this nonsensical demand for a political war to bolster his ratings, why should our politicians?
Some wonder who the greater threat is:
Iran? or Netanyahu.