At a "Key Decision Point"
All our lives hang in the balance.
by Mark Neckameyer
January 05, 2005
Have you ever played "Alternate History"?
It is a game of "what if" that egghead History majors
play in college. You also see it in science fiction stories
where the basic premise is; assume some specific historical event
or decision never happened, or happened differently, what would
the world be like now? For instance a premise might be;
What if .. Spain had been
able to convince the other European Catholic nations to help
them blockade England in 1588. Queen Elizabeth probably
would have abdicated and England certainly would not have become
the world's preeminent sea power. We would all be speaking Spanish.
What If... The Germans had discovered that the Allies had cracked
the Engima code during WWII? The Germans would have likely
won the U-Boat battle of the Atlantic extending the war so
would we have used the A-Bomb on Germany instead of Japan?
Could Germany have won the war?
Applying this kind of logic in reverse, what will likely be the
consequences of not stopping Iran from developing nuclear tipped
long-range missiles? The Iranians will certainly begin
building and selling missiles for other Islamic states as well
as stockpiling their own arsenal. Before too long they
will have the ability to independently target multiple re-entry
warheads (MIRVS). The first one of those nations that possess
these weapons and falls to an Al-Queda dominated government will
launch them at our cities. After all, they are willing
to commit suicide, they do it all the time so they will not be
intimated by our threat of retribution. They are more than
happy to slaughter mass numbers of innocent Americans as in 9/11/01.
One multi-warhead missile like this would obliterate New York,
Boston, Cleveland and Washington D.C.. A second missile
would incinerate LA, Denver, Phoenix and Salt lake City.
This would make today's Tsunami losses look like a
walk in the park.
The USSR and ourselves were constrained from nuclear attacks
during the Cold War by a fear of Mutually Assured Destruction.
They were rational as were we. The Mullahs and Islamists
of Iran, Syria, etc. are not rational and really want the world
to go back to the Dark Ages. If they get the bomb and the
means to deliver it, the odds of them attacking us are very,
President Bush must let the Iranians, perhaps the North Koreans
as well, know that we will not under any circumstances permit
them to develop nuclear weapons. We must be prepared to
use our own armed forces and even our own nuclear weapons if
necessary, world opinion be damned, to make sure that they
stop their nuclear programs now. Otherwise, a century or
so from now, egghead students, if there are any then, will ask
... "What if the USA had stopped the creation of the "Islamic
Atomic Bomb", would the USA still exist?"
Irvine, CA - USA
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