By Ryan Walsh
As the tension between Iran, the United States, and Israel exponentially increases, one can only wonder, how long before war erupts? Presumably, Iran has been developing a means to create nuclear weapons, a feat that has not been accomplished by any radical Islamic nations to date. Needless to say, the power to destroy an entire city (and more) with one missile is a power that no single nation should possess. However, super power nations such as the U.S, Russia, and the United Kingdom have all developed nuclear weapons as a means to keep peace in the world. The threat of those missiles looms over every one of our enemies, and potentially holds catastrophic terror attacks at bay. Iran, despite that, challenges the authority of those nations by potentially developing said nuclear weapons. Would they use that power to keep peace? Doubtful. Iran has an overwhelming hatred for any Western, non-Muslim nation, fueled by their president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But, would an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities halt the development of weapons?
No, says The Washington Post. “Iran’s defense minister warned that an Israeli attack on Iran will lead to the collapse of the Jewish state, state-run television reported Saturday, in one of the strongest statements from Iran indicating it would punish Israel should it attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.” However, “Israeli officials say Israel must act by the summer if it wants to effectively halt Iran’s program because Tehran is moving more of its nuclear installations deep underground.”
As a close ally to Israel, the U.S would be asked to intervene in such a scenario. The question arises: is it worth it? In an already failing economy, do we have the resources, or the manpower, to launch another war against terror and tyranny? The answer, unfortunately, is no. We do not have the ability to safely spend billions of dollars on a war with an entire country.
Nonetheless, the recent bombings of Israeli Embassies in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country), and Delhi, India, prove that we must take action; says Mitchell D. Silber in the Wall Street Journal. “Iran’s next target could be on American soil. The bombing attempts of Embassy personnel in India and Georgia this week may well be the beginning of an Iranian campaign to retaliate for the West’s attempts to stop its nuclear program.”
It is vital that the U.S and Israel act with great haste. Iran has just mastered the entire cycle of Nuclear Fuel, which is but a step away from developing a bomb. Israel, especially, is in danger. “The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people,” says Reza Kahili, an ex-CIA agent. Iran’s hatred for Israel, and its small size, make it the most likely target for invasion, or a nuclear strike, if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Attempted terror attacks by Iran have already been discovered and destroyed by the CIA; one that could have killed hundreds of people in Washington D.C. It is evident that the U.S and Israeli military need to act with haste in order to stop the development of nuclear weapons by the Iranians, as the results could be utterly catastrophic.