Yesterday Russian president Putin warned against outside military interference in Iran’s nuclear program. In response, today our ignoble leader ratcheted up the war-with-Iran rhetoric, saying, “If Iran had a nuclear weapon, it’d be a dangerous threat to world peace. So I told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously.”
The U.S. continues to refuse to rule out intervening militarily if Iran does not dismantle its nuclear program, despite Russia’s broad hints that they’d be inclined to step in on Iran’s side. Russia has used its veto power on the U.N. Security Council to block sanctions against Iran. France is arguing that a broad multilateral sanctions against Iran are preferable to military intervention as Iran continues to deny that its nuclear program is meant to develop weapons, which nobody really believes.
Spiraling, spiraling. Hey, why fail in two wars when you can fail in three for only ten times the cost? Not to mention risking global thermonuclear war? Joshua is still playing the game, Professor Falken. Will any of us be here next year?
When I was in 7th grade, Alas, Babylon, a brilliant (and now classic) novel about global thermonuclear war was read to us in daily installments over the school’s closed circuit video system. Set in a ficticious Florida town near where we lived, with many references to real local landmarks, the book gave many of us nightmares that continued for years, something the students confided in each other as high schoolers. I still dream about that book. More now, I bet.