Saturday, August 26, 2006
At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States threatened each other on a regular basis. However, M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) kept both the super-powers at bay. Neither one wanting to be the impetus for the destruction of human live on this planet. During that time, while the threat was hanging over our collective heads, we could rest in the fact that it would most likely never happen.
Can we say this today? Can we say that there would not be a nuclear attack somewhere in the world? Kim Jung-Ill and the leadership of North Korea regularly threaten the United States, Japan, and South Korea. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran swears that his country only wants to use the nuclear genie for power production. This coming from a country that has sponsored terrorist organizations, and will most likely continue to in the future. There are "loose nukes" from former Soviet republics in God-knows-whose hands. What's to prevent a terrorist organization from launching a dirty bomb attack on New York, Paris, London, or Rome?
Are the countries of the world working to alleviate this threat? Are the governments of the world taking actions to assure the survival of its citizens? No. Instead countries around the world are aggravating the situation. Israel purchases two nuclear capable submarines from Germany. France tests nuclear weapons in the Pacific. The United States builds the MoAB (Mother of All Bombs) for "bunker busting." Where does this insanity end? When do the leaders of the "free world" realize that their continued foray in the nuclear world, do not dissuade others? When?
Imagine what would happen if Syria decided that it was going to attack Israel. Israel clearly would respond with amazingly swift force. Iran would in turn come to the aid of Syria. The United States would come to the aid of Israel. Israel, feeling threatened by all other countries in the Middle East drops tactical nuclear weapons on Damascus. Iran responds by launching nuclear missiles at Haifa and Tel Aviv. The United States responds by launching nuclear cruise missiles and dropping bombs on Iran. China and Russia respond by firing missiles at the United States. This this scenario is too far fetched? Think that this could never happen? Don't be so sure about that. Today M.A.D. does not exist. The threat of destruction has no affect on a people all ready willing to sacrifice their life in suicide attacks for their religion.
I fear we're falling deeper and deeper into the abyss. How can we find a way out? How can we turn from this deadly course? These are questions that someone more intelligent than me needs to answer, and quickly.