Diary

Iran A Menace

Iran has been in the news in the past several days as much or more than even Barack Obama. In a Presidential election year with a candidate who is a media darling and promoted by the liberal media as much as Obama is that is saying quite a bit .

Last week Iran test launched nine medium to long range missiles that have been verified while claiming to test launch more in the following days. This saber rattling move by Iran was designed to prove to The United States that if attacked Iran would retaliate.

The world community immediately reacted to this saber rattling by Iran and again the talk of military intervention in the on going Iran nuclear problem and their continued attempts through their radical Islamic regime to become the dominating country in the Middle East.

So the question arises, “is Iran an extreme threat that must be dealt with swiftly and with military measures?” This is the dilemma facing The United States and neighbors of Iran especially Israel who has been repeatedly threatened with extinction by Iran’s radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Do I believe that Iran is a threat ? Absolutely, but how much of a threat is the key to how and when action must be taken by Iran. After all let’s face facts. In a military confrontation with Iran The United States could annihilate Iran many times over without suffering much if any damage in return.

The problem here is that this is NOT the way that we as a Nation handle difficult situations even when an extremely radical regime like that of Iran threatens both us and our allies like Israel. We have historically been a Nation that uses our military as a last resort and only after all diplomatic measure have been exhausted except in the case when we are either attacked first or are coming to the immediate aid of an ally who request our assistance.

The major threat that Iran poses now is the fact that they are developing the capability of nuclear weaponry despite the claim of peaceful purposes only. This in itself actually increases the dilemma faced by The United States and our allies. While Iran would not stand a snow balls chance militarily against The United States, all it takes is ONE nuclear weapon on top of a medium range missile and Tel Aviv, Israel and its population of more than three million is history well BEFORE any defensive action can be taken by Israel or The United States.

This is the main reason why this rogue regime CANNOT be allowed to become nuclear and why this standoff with a rather insignificant country in the grand scheme of world politics. It is obvious that unlike other nuclear nations Iran and its radical regime WILL use nuclear weaponry as quickly as it is available and without hesitation.

Iran has been a thorn in the side of The United States since the late seventies when Jimmy Carter failed to back the Shah of Iran which allowed the rise of the Ayatollahs with Ayatollah Khomeini stepping in after the fall of the Shah. Now don’t get me wrong the Shah was not an ideal leader. In fact he was very much a little despot but he was pro West and pro United States.

The Ayatollahs see the West and especially The United States as infidels with the US being the, “great satan,” and enemy of all Islamic fanatics. In the last few years the thorn in the side known as Iran has increased its rhetoric and also it move toward becoming nuclear as well as actively threatening Israel and The United States.

They also are a thorn concerning Middle East oil as their country borders the Eastern side of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf where 40% of all the worlds oil is shipped through to open waters. They have attempted through feeble means with relatively small boats to move against the Strait as well as continually threatening to close it down. A move that will never be allowed and in itself will most likely spark some sort of military action possibly even war.

I am reminded of another petty dictator who saber rattled, sponsored terrorism like Iran and even contributed in a terrorist attack against a civilian airline resulting in the death of all on board. Lybia’s Muammar Qaddafi. In the later seventies and eighties Qaddafi was a threatening loud mouth who acted on his words much like Iran’s Ahmadinejad.

Diplomatic measures had been tried and tried again to no avail and Qaddafi continued to act like the big man on campus so to speak. That is until President Ronald Reagan decided to shut him up after the downing of the civilian airplane. Reagan ordered strategic bombing of Gaddafi’s palaces and some of his military and command and control. Qaddafi not only backed off of his threats but has remained quiet ever since.

Some may say to this approach that Lybia in its attack on the civilian airliner created a situation where military action was, “justified,” while Iran has not. To this I respond with Iran’s continual proven assistance both in weaponry and man power attacking our soldiers and Iraqi interests in an attempt to continue to stir up sectarian problems in Iraq.

Reagan’s solution to Lybia may be the answer to the Iran problem. A strategic attack against all nuclear facilities, Iran’s command and control as well as selected military targets with precision bombing. While it may not completely shut Iran up as it did Lybia, it will at least eliminate the threat of nuclear development and calm if not end this menace to the world.

Diplomatic measures alone have not only failed but actually allow Iran to continue on its course uninterrupted. Sanctions have proven as always to be a joke and the naive approach of direct talks as proposed by a certain liberal Democrat Presidential candidate are not only doomed to failure but will give a massive credibility to the radical Iranian regime and Ahmadinejad.

Though a petty dictator and minimal nation on the world stage it only takes one nuclear attack to change the entire Middle Eastern dynamic, fragile as it is, and take that region of the world into all out war. Maybe the Reagan approach offers the best and most effective short term or if like the case of Lybia in 1986, long term solution to the Iran menace.

Ken Taylor [http://theliberalslies.blogspot.com]