If Israel Leads, Does US Follow?

The American nation is in the process of winding down two wars which  resulted in the death of over 6,000 of their young men and women as well as the wounding of over 40,000. There is weariness in America over these wars, over the financial cost of these wars, and over the manner in which our national political scene has been distorted by those wars. Republican  presidential candidates, Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, Cain and Romney are sounding the call for more violence in order to secure votes from American Jews.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC) has been doling out money to members of Congress in order to gain their support for complete  backing of the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That means supporting seizure of land from Palestinians and now  backing Israel plans to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities. The taste of electoral victory is simply too powerful for Republicans and they will seel souls in order to get the “American Jewish” vote this November.

Pentagon planners have conducted simulations concerning possible scenarios in the Middle East. In their  estimation, an Israel bombing of Iran would be interpreted by Ayatollah Khamenei as being supported by the United States. The simulation hypothesizes that Iran would send missiles towards US naval vessels. If one were damaged it would result in massive US bombing of Iran.  In other words, a chain reaction of death and destruction would result.

A war with Iran would end all hopes for peace in the Middle East. It would strenthen al-Qaeda, it would strengthen the Taliban and it would necessitate two years from now another bombing. This generation forgets that WWI began with just such a chain reaction and a horrible war ensued even though most nations had no desire for such a conflict. The unintended results of violence can not be understood until it is too late.

As the great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill used to say, “Jaw, jaw, not war, war.”