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Since When Did America Start a World War?

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 8, 2010 at 16:04

Snap!!!!!

In the build-up of so many sentiments concerning just when the next world wide conflict is going to start, and with the specific circumstances that leads everyone to believe the Middle East keg is primed and prepped for igniting just that very event, are we, as Americans, really intent on being the catalyst for causing the next world war? I mean, really people, where has it been the policy of America to start a world war? In practical reality, we have not done it yet, nor should we.

In an imaginary scenario reminiscent of the American movie 'Wag the Dog,' a political expediency of a military incursion in some minor theater of battle is, as was pointed out in the movie, a counterproductive enterprise at best, and a political fiasco in any examination of history. One might wonder, were it not for the potential of a catastrophic situation as proposed by the Iranian efforts to provoke just this sort of circumstance, if Dr. Pipes did not pen this article to exact the responses that he did.

Make no mistake, the danger of allowing Iran to obtain a nuclear standing in the world political arena is no laughing matter, sarcastic or otherwise, yet it should not be the source of a false provocation. Any provocation Iran needs to initiate the power dreams of Iranian President Ahmahdinejad will be his justification to bring about his dream for Islamic world domination. He needs nothing from the United States to get his dream started. Look, though, at his undergirding philosophy, that in his own thinking, he expects to survive the holocaust and be part of the novo ordo seclorum. That's not going to happen if he screws it up and launches prematurely, against Israel or otherwise.

Further, if he were alone in his megalomaniac's view of a new world order, then one could conceivably think that a pre-emptive action might curtail the possibilities supposed in Dr. Pipes scenario, of a pulse attack that could negate the power of the United States Navy and other such dramatic situations. But think, if they are having such a hard time getting enough weapons grade material to attack Israel, something else more sinister would be in the offing to enable the ability of a small time former world power to engage and successfully halt the world most powerful military presence on the planet. Think about the power necessary to accomplish that. Think about the circumstances under which that very thing could happen and is there any truly conscionable rationale to be held responsible for that type of scenario.

Such a thing would be Biblical in proportion, and with every consequence of Biblical condemnation spoken of in the Holy Bible. Who, by the way, (a rhetorical question) does the Holy Bible say would be responsible for that very thing?

Now many think the presidency of George Walker Bush was characterized by the 9-11 attacks, and deservedly so; yet he did not deliberately invite the destruction of that day. He responded to it by the only means available to him. Further, only in the second guessing that followed him doggedly for his second term did the original measure of the United States indignation get lost in the political maneuverings of the divided mentality engendered by the democratic process and highlighted by the political ascendancies of the likes of candidates Dean, Edwards, Kerry, and the political insurgencies of Gore and the Clintons.

For any military scenario of the kind suggested by Dr. Pipes (and others), we need to have our finish with Iraq and be out of Afghanistan altogether. Our exposure there places the United States with a vulnerability by which any strategic situation will keep us at a complete disadvantage, from which no reasonable tactical scenario can be developed. Further, even in the most strategic defense scenario, the United States is not going to be 100% capable in doing the most important thing the U.S. needs to accomplish, the defense of Israel. The strategic posture for that needs to be completely different.

Now, in mentioning earlier about the Biblical implications of what is happening in the Middle East, the scenario outline by Dr. Pipes does have it Biblical implications, mentioned so many times by this reader and others. In that vein, we do need to be wary of Iran, but also of the allies the Holy Bible says are going to be surrounding her. The United States is not specifically mentioned in that 'last days' scenario, and I personally would not rush into volunteering to be a part of it either. The times then will be bad enough without getting on the bad side of Almighty God.

Say, didn't the creature duck on the 2nd of February and say 6 more weeks of winter?

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