What would the failure to prevent Iran from acquiring nukes look like?
Opinions range from an atomic holocaust to another Cold War, but if you ask us the “Cold War” gang is living in LaLaLand. There is simply no comparison.
The Cold War, in essence, was a struggle between two superpowers (the U.S. and the former Soviet Union), who each had the power to obliterate the other. Both wanted to survive, therefore the Cold War doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) worked.
Unfortunately, the Cold War strategic balance that existed back then is absent in the Middle East today. If Iran goes nuclear, you can bet your bottom dollar it will touch off a nuclear arms race in the region so fast and furious your head will spin. Most likely ramifications?
· A high risk of local conflicts under the “guise” of nuclear deterrence
· Nuclear brinkmanship and posturing with the potential for dangerous misunderstandings
· Public pressure among Arab states to take belligerent positions and calls to go nuclear against historic enemies
· The use of nuclear programs as leverage for enhancing clout with other nations.
· The prospect of nuclear armed terrorists
· A world held hostage by the threat of nuclear terror attacks
· A very high risk of nuclear war
· And last, but not least, we’ve got Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Don’t remember him? Well, if Iran is allowed to acquire nuclear capability, you won’t be able to forget him. Apparently, he believes he’s been “chosen” to usher in the End Times and is fervently hoping to get his apocalyptic ambitions in gear. He has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” and his religious views threaten us all. In a nutshell, Ahmadinejad, along with a small sect of Muslims believe in the appearance of a Mahdi at the end of days who will fight on the side of Allah’s soldiers and protect them—but destroy the rest of us. And oh yeah, this Mahdi will only come during a time of terrible upheaval and destruction.
Israel is understandably concerned. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this week with President Obama to discuss options. According to The Atlantic, Obama is worried that a premature Israeli strike on Iran would make the regime less isolated. “You’re talking about the most volatile region in the world. The danger(s) of Iran getting nuclear weapons that then leads to a free-for-all in the Middle East is something that I think would be very dangerous for the world.”
Netanyahu came away from the meeting stressing Israel’s right to defend “against a country that calls, works for our destruction…the international community shouldn’t allow relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons to succeed.” Both leaders seemed to agree to allow sanctions more time, despite their famously frosty relationship.
Press conferences aside, Israel and the West are locked in a dangerous dance with Iran and the entire Middle East.
So what would the failure to prevent Iran from acquiring nukes look like? From some reports it would look something like: TEOTWAWKI*. With higher gas prices thrown in for good measure.
*the end of the world as we know it!
“Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all.” Ezekiel 37: 21-22
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