ON NATIONAL SECURITY

Despite claims American political parties differ on most issues, there is one issue on which both have similar views–threats to national security. Anyone reading these words has repeatedly read comments from officials and politicians concerning “threats to American security.” The Taliban or al-Qaeda or Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi are cited as men whose power poses a threat to the security of the United States. Of course, if one wants the most blatant threat to our well being, simply gaze east to the nation of Iran. I have yet to read a specific explanation as to how these people or nations pose a threat to our security. I assume a “threat to our security” means being able to destroy the United States or wipe out its military or create chaos in the streets. For example, George Bush repeatedly claimed we needed anti-missile bases on the border of Russia in order to prevent missile attacks from North Korea or Iran.

Let’s examine Reality:

1. Missiles from either North Korea or Iran can not, at this point, reach the United States. If a single missile was fired from Iran toward Europe, France and England would dispatch their submarines which have missiles and launch a devastating attack on Tehran. Why would Iran launch such attacks knowing it would be wiped out by the US, NATO and Israel air forces?

2. Agents of Al-Qaeda can launch attacks in the USA. But, once we put into effect basic security procedures at air ports, suicide plane attacks ceased.

3. Yes, al-Qaeda agents could place bombs in subways or schools. But, so could any nut case. After all, school shootings are invariably conducted by middle class white students attending suburban schools. Check the record.

4. Neither Libya nor Iran nor Venezuela nor North Korea threatens American security in a comparable way the Soviet Union threatened Europe and the western hemisphere.

WE DO NOT FACE ANY THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. We face NORMAL crime threats.

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