I had a conversation with a liberal friend some time ago about nuclear weapons. It was pretty short, because I think she expected that my sexual orientation meant I believed the way she did. She made a comment that we needed to “set the example” by getting rid of all of our nuclear weapons, and when America did it, everyone else was sure to follow. We started it, right?
Wrong. Actually, it was in part German scientists defecting to the United States who helped us achieve a nuclear reaction, and they had been lucky to escape the Nazis who were not far from the same technology. The bad guys went after it, so we had to. How do you fight an enemy who wants to see your society burned to a pile of cinders and has the ability to put you in that state? You get a better weapon and you use it first. I hate to say it, but that’s the reality.
Naturally, when I said that (maybe not in so many words, but I made clear that setting an example would only leave us unprotected) she was stunned into near silence. The only reply she had was, “that’s just fear.”
HELLO! Of course it is! Do liberals really think we would want to use those kinds of weapons again? Do you think we enjoy that it had to be done in the first place? On a smaller scale, I don’t like that I have to keep a gun. It isn’t all that much fun for me. I’m not a gun collector, and I am not looking for someone to start something with me so I can use it. I keep a gun and believe in my right to do so because humanity isn’t as rational as liberals would like to think.
Take the anti-war movement. I’ve said before that liberals sing that overdone (and very irritating) John Lennon song as if conservatives didn’t give peace a chance in the first place. The entire idea here–anti-gun, anti-war, get rid of all of our nuclear weapons–is that if we just sit down and talk to the bad guys, they’ll have a change of heart and stop trying to kill us. I have to ask, do you think that would have worked with John Wayne Gacy? Or Jeffrey Dahmer? Do you think it would work with the robber who walks into a bank, fires a few shots into the air and demands that everyone hit the floor while he strips all the cash from the tellers that they have? Sure, go ahead. Just talk to him. Keep talking while he shoots you for getting in between him and what he wants.
Think about how often you have to argue with someone you don’t agree with. Why do you think that happens? Doesn’t it make sense that there are irrational, unreasonable people in this world in light of how many of those around you who disagree with your perspective? Peace isn’t something that’s just going to happen. Peace only comes about because those of us who ARE rational and reasonable understand that we will at times need to defend ourselves against those who unreasonably expect us to give them what they want.
Iran, over the weekend, announced three things. First of all, it’s dumping the plan to send their uranium stores to Russia to be enriched to 20% to be used for energy and medical treatment (that plan would have left Iran with too little uranium to make a weapon with). Second, they’re using 2000 reactors to enrich their own uranium closer to home. Third, they have made advances in laser technology that allow them to fire nearly invisible missiles.
Somebody please tell me why Mahmoud Ahmadinejad felt it necessary to announce those three things over the weekend when Iran supposedly only intends their nuclear program for peaceful ambitions.
We’re talking about a country that wants to see the Nation of Israel destroyed. Mr. Ahmindamoodforjihad has said on more than one occasion that Israel is not to be recognized. I don’t care how you translate what he said in his speech to the World Without Zionism conference in 2005, whether you say “wiped off the map” (which is the translation made by Iranians, not Americans) or “vanished from the pages of time”, he absolutely meant to infer that Israel needs to be destroyed. By arguing about the verbage you’re just playing semantics.
Iran is hostile to any non-Muslim and more so toward Jews. A nation this violent cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. As soon as they’ve got ’em diplomacy is going to go out the window. “We just want energy and medical treatment” will instantly become “kill all infidels,” which will be followed by the Shahada and a very big boom. If you wish to believe otherwise, that is your choice. Just remember this: while Japan was planning to attack us at Pearl Harbor for cutting off their supplies during their invasion of Manchuria, they were pretending to be friendly. They even gave our diplomats friendship medals to signify that there were no hard feelings. Then they struck, and we had a damn hard time recovering enough to put up a defense.
Now we’re playing with much more insidious technology. The genie is already out of the bottle. We can’t put it back in. All we can do is put on our best diplomatic face and try to talk–and when that doesn’t work, we have to be willing and ready to act more decisively. Obama has already tried his “new diplomacy” with Iran. They have made fun of him. Iran has snubbed five UN resolutions and nearly as many different rounds of sanctions. How long are we supposed to keep allowing them to say “nice doggie”?