By Thomas Madison
Thomas Sowell is among my favorite writers, an “intellectual’s intellectual,” as Pamela Geller contends. His unquestioned patriotism (ex-Marine) and clarity of vision are spot on regarding Barrack Hussein’s colossal failure in securing the safety of America and its allies, permitting the continued development of Iran’s nuclear program. Claims Dr. Sowell, “It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world’s biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles…”
My son, who is a server at an upscale restaurant, told me that last night he was involved in a discussion with a group of other servers, nearly all college graduates or college students. Someone in the group said something that made my son mention ISIS, which provoked confused stares and several to ask, “What is ISIS?” My son was shocked, as am I, that he was the only one in the group who had even heard of ISIS, let alone knew anything about it. I admit that my son gets a good dose of current events while hanging around with me every day as I write this blog. The really sad news is that my son’s colleagues enjoy the privilege to vote!
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So, yes, Dr. Sowell, “it is amazing — indeed, staggering” that so many Americans are so completely clueless regarding critically momentous events happening around the world that affect them today or will certainly affect them tomorrow. Iran having nuclear weapons is assured annihilation of Israel. Plain and simple. But don’t take my word for it. The Iranians themselves have admitted this, in fact boasted of their intention to “remove Israel from the map,” one of the very few truthful statements they have made about anything.
Also, for the record, as pointed out by Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran is not developing ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) to hit Israel. Iran is close enough to Israel to deliver nuclear warheads on medium-range missiles, which they already have. The ICBMs are intended for Europe and the United States.
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From Thomas Sowell, Town hall
Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat.
It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world’s biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver them far beyond the Middle East.
Back during the years of the nuclear stand-off between the Soviet Union and the United States, contemplating what a nuclear war would be like was called “thinking the unthinkable.” But surely the Nazi Holocaust during World War II should tell us that what is beyond the imagination of decent people is by no means impossible for people who, as Churchill warned of Hitler before the war, had “currents of hatred so intense as to sear the souls of those who swim upon them.”
Have we not already seen that kind of hatred in the Middle East? Have we not seen it in suicide bombings there and in suicide attacks against America by people willing to sacrifice their own lives by flying planes into massive buildings, to vent their unbridled hatred?
The Soviet Union was never suicidal, so the fact that we could annihilate their cities if they attacked ours was a sufficient deterrent to a nuclear attack from them. But will that deter fanatics with an apocalyptic vision? Should we bet the lives of millions of Americans on our ability to deter nuclear war with Iran?
It is now nearly 70 years since nuclear bombs were used in war. Long periods of safety in that respect have apparently led many to feel as if the danger is not real. But the dangers are even greater now and the nuclear bombs more devastating.
Clearing the way for Iran to get nuclear bombs may — probably will — be the most catastrophic decision in human history. And it can certainly change human history, irrevocably, for the worse.
Against that grim background, it is almost incomprehensible how some people can be preoccupied with the question whether having Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress, warning against the proposed agreement, without the prior approval of President Obama, was a breach of protocol.