Sunday, January 08, 2006

Bombing Will Not Settle the Iranian Nuclear Issue

In the following essay, “Bombing Will Not Settle the Iranian Nuclear Issue” Michael Rozeff parrots my own sentiments, thoughts and feelings on this issue. Bush and Cheney have surrounded themselves with a group of “people (or rather “megalomaniacs”) that really believe it is possible to have a so-called “limited” nuclear war that is winnable and survivable. In fact they have already unleashed a nuclear war on Iraq and Afghanistan thru the use of Depleted Uranium weapons. But, not satisfied with salting the earth and people with depleted uranium, they now want to use actual full blown nuclear bombs and missiles.

Congress and our Federal Courts are handing over more and more unrestricted and unaccountable power to the White House—which will only get worse if in fact
Alito is put on the Supreme Court; those who occupy the White House (Bush/Cheney et al) are demanding even more unrestricted and unaccountable power; more and more internal spying on American citizens by Bush/Cheney & Co., Inc., who take their lead from the Project for the New American Century and the Federalist Society. Both of those organizations not only believe in, but have been pushing for years to have what is essentially an “Imperial Presidency”, and most around the dynamic duo are members of those organizations—Cheney, Rumsfeld & Co. None of these people are averse to using nuclear bombs and in fact have no problem with “first strike preemptive use”; and they all believe in total secrecy and have for a long time.

In fact they are “Usurpers of Our Freedoms” in their quest to rule the world. Welcome to the “Mad Hatters Tea Party” and a tea party we have got to end. And in the meantime, the unrelenting slaughter in Iraq continues. The case to replace everyone in congress increases does it not? After all, it is congress that allowed this is it not? -- Jack

Bombing Will Not Settle the Iranian Nuclear Issue
Michael S. Rozeff
January 7, 2006

The United States is walking at the edge of a cliff. If it bombs Iran to stem Iranian development of nuclear weapons, it fatally poisons U.S. relationships with the entire world of Islam. If it uses nuclear weapons in the assault, it further seals the fate of future generations of Americans.

Reports of such a strike in preparation go back over a year. Yet the American media are failing to warn of the catastrophic implications of such an attack.

The insurgency in Iraq and movements like al-Qaeda, ready to recruit and rain destruction worldwide, show us what to expect as a consequence of bombing Iran. Islamic moderates will never again ignore fatwas that declare war on America if America bombs Iran.

Muslim Pakistan has nuclear weapons now, and bin Laden hides on its doorstep. If bin Laden hasn’t been captured by now, this shows how shaky the U.S. reliance on Pakistan is.

Moderate Muslims could disregard extremists like bin Laden in the past. But after the U.S. and Israel waste dozens of Iranian facilities and kill many innocent civilians, generations will not forgive or forget the brazen aggression.

Future Americans will live in perpetual fear of a nuclear response on American soil. A country that cannot keep drugs out of prisons will not be able to keep terrorists from smuggling nuclear arms onto the continent.

America’s children and grandchildren will have President Bush to thank for taking the fatal step over the cliff. They can thank 50 years of American interference in the Middle East, Central Asia, and elsewhere for a bloody fourth-generation war on their soil.

America can step back from the brink at any time it chooses. Our fate is not yet sealed. Changing direction is not the impossibly difficult or complex matter that it seems. Richard M. Nixon went to China. Kennedy pushed for the nuclear test ban treaty.

Diplomacy is always available. Dramatic gestures are equally possible, and they can shift the moral climate overnight. The world has neutral and religious leaders who can mediate policy shifts.

Every day’s crop of deadly incidents in Iraq provides the occasion for political statements that can move the U.S. away from the precipice. The choice is between moving away from intervention or hurtling into the abyss. That is where we stand today.

The stubborn single-minded devotion to force and the misguided Utopian hopes of the U.S. leadership are perilously bringing the country to a point of no return. The U.S. has an excess of military might that is blinding our rulers. They cannot see what using this power brings in its wake.

Too many years of untrammeled use of military might have shielded U.S. rulers from the immorality and consequences of their acts. They now live in a world of dangerous delusions about the use of power. They fail to see the perils of its use, even when the mortal consequences to American lives are staring them in the face. The only reason they have not bombed Iran already is that they have not yet created the pretext for obtaining cover for this aggression.

After Iran has been bombed and the Middle East cauldron boils over into a wider war, it will be too late ever to go back. Our leaders will twist and turn to rationalize the necessity of their heinous acts. They will whip up glory and praise for their use of mighty weapons, even nuclear weapons.

The deadly course we are on is not our only alternative. We must turn away from the brink of more war. We must turn toward nonintervention. We must renounce nuclear weapons. Either that or leap over a cliff of death.

Michael S. Rozeff [
send him mail] is the Louis M. Jacobs Professor of Finance at University at Buffalo.


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