The drum beat of war continues apace in both the Middle East and North Korea. And at times, the two even come together in a scary convergence. (But more on that later.) Anyway, as I suspected they would, the U.S. military has done war-gaming to see what would happen should Israel attack Iran and it’s not pretty. In a long piece, the New York Times goes into the matter and one is left worried that much like the fabled Guns of August that were the beginning of the clusterfuck that was World War I, we’ll look back at this time as when we were a bit more innocent than we should have been. Some grave things are afoot globally and the momentum towards war of some sort in the Middle East is so powerful that it’s probably going to happen no matter what we peace loving people may want.
Just read the ending of the New York Times piece. It will send chills down your spine.
“A war is no picnic,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio in November. But if Israel feels itself forced into action, the retaliation would be bearable, he said. “There will not be 100,000 dead or 10,000 dead or 1,000 dead. The state of Israel will not be destroyed.”
Oh, really? That’s the kind of talk that starts an avoidable war and leads to a regional war that no one wants except those foolish enough to believe they can “win” it without any bloodshed.
And then there is North Korea. The Marmot’s Hole has a nice round up of all things NORK bottle rocket related that you should definitely read. No body wants that damn thing to go off except the NORKs and while it probably won’t start a war, its launch will make a lot of people nervous. But it doesn’t take too much imagination to see that Something Bad could happen should there be a war in the Middle East just as the NORKs were shooting off their ICBM. Stranger things have happened.
This leads us to the fact that Iran and the NORKs may, in fact, be in cahoots when it comes to nuclear stuff. According, again, to The Marmot’s Hole, the NORKs helped a fellow member of the Axis of Evil out by testing nukes out for them. For cash, obviously.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, the old saying goes and the fog of war could lead to some pretty horrible things in the days ahead. Pray.