Monday, January 09, 2012

Lines in the Nuclear Sand

A rather interesting statement by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta over the weekend. He said that Iran "developing a nuclear weapon" would be a "line in the sand," in addition to Iran attempting to close the Strait of Hormuz. That statement goes along with this AP article on the subject of Iran enriching uranium.

This leads me to wonder something. I hate it when I wonder things. But here goes my wondering as I wander.

If Iran develops a bomb, isn't it a bit late to draw a line in the sand? If Iran has a workable nuclear explosive, isn't it reasonable to assume that they would detonate it if we attacked? They don't need to have an intercontinental ballistic missile to make an enormous mess.

I am far from being a war hawk. Like most Americans, I am tired of the U.S. getting involved in every conflict around the globe and having to be the policeman of the world. At the same time, I am also not naive. The world is a dangerous place, and there are plenty of people out there who despise America. They would love nothing better to see America destroyed. In fact, Mr. Achtungdinejad has already made that feeling crystal clear.

If there ever was a reason to act, this is it. Preferably in concert with other nations, but alone if need be. We do not need to have mullahs with nuclear weapons. It's bad enough Pakistan has nuclear capability. That should have been stopped, but it wasn't. And who knows where unstable Pakistan will end up in the days ahead. Let's hope the India card can help restrain things.

Like it or not, folks, the nuclear genie is out of the bottle. Let's just hope and pray no one says "Shazam."

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