Things are yet again heating up in the Middle East and I promise this isn’t going to be an article all about the weather. A new report on Iran and its nuclear aspiration has come down the line with some very troubling news. It seems that Iran is less than a month away from having a viable nuclear weapon and destabilizing the Middle East. This of course came as quite the shocker to the Israeli’s who promptly told the world again that they would attack Iran and go to war before allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons. I imagine it came as quite a shocker to President Obama as well who a month earlier had become the first US President to speak to an Iran President since the Iran Conflict nearly 30 years ago and had discussed getting rid of the nuclear option in Iran. Quite the stalling tactic if I do so myself but with dire consequences for the rest of the world. This of course puts us in the US in limbo about the future.
Is War Incoming?
The biggest question right now must be is a war coming and are we ready for it? Israel is very serious about preventing Iran from going nuclear and they feel that such an event would be devastating. They have told the world over and over again that they will go to war over the matter. It was no different this week when Danny Danon, the top Israeli Defense Minister in Israel came out to the world and exasperatedly repeated the well-worn warning and warned even further that it had been relayed in every international platform. Israel might have its back against a wall this time with the new report and let’s pretend we in the US are not connected by a golden string. America is Israel’s largest supporter and greatest ally so it is inconceivable that pending Israeli action that America would not be involved in some way whether politically or in military might. The problem being of course that America is war weary and we’re tired of sending troops to defend this sandy third world section of the planet where it’s citizens would rather blow up a crowded street then allow a woman to drive and decide when to leave the house. As bad as that sounds we hear stories about such things all the time. So if Israel goes to war with Iran it’s not a question of whether America will be involved but a question of how far involved.
It’s not the same old war
We in the US have had 12 years of warfare in the Middle East but nothing that we have encountered will be comparable to what we will encounter in Iran. It’s not the same old war but instead will be completely different. You can already hear people complaining of a continuation of the wars we have ongoing but fail to realize that instead of fighting a rag tag group of ill equipped guerrilla fighters we’ll be up against a well-fortified militaristic government with an Army, Air Force, and Navy. Iran might have outdated cold war military equipment passed down from the Soviet Union but they are still an entirely different fighting force then the Taliban could have ever presented. We would be talking about a traditional war that we have not seen since perhaps the first Iraq War or even Korea. It’s safe to say such a thing would destabilize the Middle East and would escalate problems such as the Syrian Civil War. It could even pit the Muslim world against each other and we all know that could last centuries past the war – it’s well known the Arabic side of the Middle East is not very fond of the Persian side of the Middle East. Two examples of this schism would be the Saudi’s and the Iranians. However are we ready for a war such as this?
The Good and Massively Bad
To say a war could be a good thing is a horrible thing to say but one cannot deny the effects World War 2 had on the US economy. The economy launched into military support mode and many companies started supplementing and supporting the military instead of the consumer and our economy boomed as a result for decades later. That effect could happen if such a war would happen but at the same time during World War 2 we we’re e not nearly 16 trillion dollars in debt! Could we even afford such a prolonged operation? Now for the obvious…war is hell and lives will be lost. That’s unacceptable considering the Middle East still hates us even though we’ve sacrificed 12 years to make their area of the world even slightly civilized and peaceful. Even that slight achievement took far too much than we should have put out. The last two wars we’re lemons. Let’s not even sugar coat it. We had no business being in the Middle East – we should have taken them out and let the cards fall. To still be there so long is unacceptable and if we get involved in an Israeli and Iran war…it’ll be even longer.
I hope it doesn’t happen but you know in this world you just never know. The Israeli’s have their backs against the wall and they’ve run their mouth, Iran has stalled and lied and have almost met their goal, and the US is standing by waiting to see how it goes. How long will the wait be?