Americans ready for another Domino's Pizza war?
By J.J. Jackson
According to a recent Zogby poll, 52% of Americans support "a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon". Just in case that is unclear, it means that the majority of Americans are in favor of war with Iran. Which means I have to ask the serious question of whether or not everyone that supports such an action is ready to stick with the repercussions of such a strike? Or are they going to get upset when everything isn't settled within thirty minutes or less? Are they going to do the same thing they did with Iraq and be (like John Kerry) for it before they were against it?
Much like the continuation of the war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq instigated by years of violating every aspect of the ceasefire which kept him from assuming tent temperature after being routed in 1991, the majority of Americans appear to favor striking at yet another foe of the United States and her allies. At least for now until American soldiers begin dying in a number they arbitrarily deem to be unacceptable most likely. Or maybe there is an off chance they will be able to hang in there until the media tells them that the ensuing war is a failure?
Iran has been threatening the world for years. Only the willfully blind and mentally retarded haven't seen it and I have to apologize to the mentally retarded for lumping them in with people who should know better but are too entrenched in their own ideology to admit it. From promising to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth and push the Jews into the sea to arming terrorists in Iraq, the Iranian leadership has taken what the world has let them have. The only question right now is whether or not the world is willing to let them have a nuclear weapon capable of killing thousands in a single blow to make good on their threats.
Some nations have already said by their actions that an Iranian bomb is just fine with them. Some countries have worked hand in hand with the radical leadership of that nation for years to help push this technology and their nuclear program along.
I just want it to be clear that make no mistake, if we bomb (and justly so) Iran's nuclear facilities or the Quds Force which is helping the faltering insurgency in Iraq there will be war. And it is not likely to be a war that will be completed in thirty minutes or less like your pizza. You will not be able to complain that you were "lied" to or "mislead" in a pathetic attempt to justify your lack of interest in the bloodshed that will commence.
If you support bombing Iran now will you become another in a long line of chickenhawks? Will you be hawkish enough to send soldiers to the fight but too chicken to finish it like so many in America are with the current war on terror? Because we don't need any more of those sorts of people. We have plenty of them right now.
Yes, I know that right now I'm being labeled as a warmonger by simpletons (again the willfully blind) who would rather stick their head in the sand and hope that the world and all the troubles in it would pass them by. But I expect such nonsensical rhetoric from shallow individuals who abide by ideology over truth. And that truth is that there are bad people in the world. It's not like I am suggesting we bomb Aruba to acquire some nice resort properties or something silly like that and advocating attacking someone that has done nothing to threaten harm to anyone.
So think carefully before you answer my original question.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the radicals he leads are certainly not much more than a paper tiger or a roaring flea, but as many of the chickenhawks now running for the tall grass with regards to Iraq have found out it only takes a small and determined group of fanatics to cause more carnage than you might expect. Sure the carnage looks gruesome and they will not win the war because of it, but they will sure test your patience and your commitment.
Hello Domino's? Where's our pizza?
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the lead editor of Conservative News & Opinion – The Land of the Free and also the owner of The Right Things – Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at http://www.libertyreborn.com.