...all in this together
by Jerome Armstrong, Thu Dec 24, 2009 at 07:44:05 AM EST
Last weeks turmoil in Pakistan has simmered down a bit (barely), but reading an op-ed in the NYT's this morning, boiling down the black-and-white choice for Iran to bombing or being bombed, doesn't really bring out the holiday spirit.
Senator Kerry might be going to visit Iran, which would be the first diplomatic trip there in about 30 years. Last year, Iran backed out of meeting with he chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Howard Berman, so its unclear, even if Kerry committed to the visit, whether the political situation inside Iran would allow it to fruition.
Here's what the op-ed declares:Since peaceful carrots and sticks cannot work, and an invasion would be foolhardy, the United States faces a stark choice: military air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities or acquiescence to Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons.A military strike into Iran would be the most foolish foreign policy decision since George Bush chose to invade Iraq. If you want a reason to be thankful that McCain is not President, there it is for ya. There is an educated and worldly populace inside Iran that will eventually democratize the country.
The world, including the US and Israel, is going to have to get used to the reality that Iran will have/has nuclear weapons. It's not a great diplomatic reality to deal with, but the alternative is just a hideous path of war, and a insurmountable blow to any sort of allied relations with Iran in the near decades.
Then there's the whole ongoing escalation between India and Pakistan with their nuclear capability/dispute/whatever over there.
What a world.
In better news, the Peace Corps is headed back to Sierra Leone (I was a volunteer there in the early '90's).
Happy Holidays to everyone.