The Case for War with Iran
*Editor’s note: this article is to be read in conjunction with The Case Against War with Iran.
President Obama was clear with his declaration: the United States will not hesitate to use military power to ensure the safety of the world, and our allies against Iran if we are left with no other option. Many people, Republican primary candidates included, believe we are already at that point, and we may be. Iran has defied unilateral international commands for decades, and refuses to give up their ambition to develop a nuclear weapon. If this happens it would be one of the most dangerous scenarios in the history of our nation. Prime Minister Ahmadinejad has publically stated that Israel must be wiped off the map on multiple occasions. He has applauded terrorist attacks on Jews and Christians alike, and his government has funded terrorism for years. It is not an uncommon event to hear Ahmadinejad call for the extermination of Jews, and threaten to attack Israel. All of the evidence the Iranian government has leads us to believe that if they obtain a nuclear weapon they would surely use it either against Israel, or the start a war with Israel and the allies of Israel.
The Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran, whom many believe is the real center of power for the Iranian government has condoned the actions of Ahmadinejad by ignoring them. Moreover, the 2009 elections were widely believed to be fixed, prompting mass protests by the Iranian public. The government even jailed opposition leaders unjustly for four years. It has been largely believed by many that the people of Iran are as much or more ready than the people of Libya for a change in government, catalyzed by a war to promote the security and collective interests of the United States, and the world. After all, this is the regime which called for death to the United States, and wishes our leaders would be buried; war is the only way to prevent a nuclear attack on us or our allies. This is evidenced by lack of effectiveness the economic sanctions are having on Iran. Reports show that the sanctions have only hurt the Iranian people, not the government. Calls for more crippling sanctions would only hurt the Iranian people more, possible causing them to rise up in rebellion, in which case NATO would most likely aid the rebellion. This scenario would give the government more incentive to obtain a nuclear weapon to use as leverage against NATO aiding a rebellion. The best way to solve this problem is prevent it from happening.
Iran has practically declared war on the United States already; if we do not retaliate we are sending the message that we will not punish governments which kidnap and hold hostage U.S. citizens for years, fund major terrorist organizations, plan and attempt a terrorist attack on U.S. soil in coordination with drug cartels, and sent weapons and insurgents into Iraq and Afghanistan to take kidnap and kill American soldiers. Al Qaeda gained courage to carry out the 9/11 attacks when they saw the no response to an embassy bombing in Beirut, an attack on an embassy in Tehran, and the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. Is it wise to be sending that message to our enemies again; particularly in light of three major propaganda campaigns our military has handed them by allegedly urinating on dead soldiers, burning Qurans, and murdering civilians in cold blood?
Israel is our ally; therefore, we must come to their aid when needed as we would expect our allies to do, and as they did do after the 9/11 attacks. Iran has carried out at least three assassination attempts on Israeli diplomats in Thailand, India, and Georgia, including one targeting the innocent wife of one diplomat. Can we let these brazen actions go unpunished? These are acts of war, we cannot continue to appease their actions simply because we are fatigued from our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan; let us not forget, Adolf Hitler used fatigue from WWI to manipulate appeasement and invade other nations while committing genocide. We cannot repeat our mistakes.
Also, and perhaps the reason which impacts our nation the most, a war could stabilize oil prices. We already do not have any Iranian oil coming to our nation, yet with a war, and subsequent nation building we can develop a stable government with which we can trade without sanctions. An Iran free to export oil would create a much larger world supply, and gas prices would plummet, saving Americans hundreds of dollars each month in this tough economy; even helping our economy recover.
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11 March, 2012
Posted on March 12, 2012, in Patriotslog Articles and tagged Afghanistan, Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah, Barack Obama, George Bush, Iran, Iraq, Islam, nuclear weapon, revolution, strait of hormuz, war. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.