The Real Existential Threat

When asked if he believed there was a vital threat coming from Iran, Pat Buchanan answered:

“No.  Look, during the Cold War, the Soviet Union had thousands of weapons and could have destroyed us in an afternoon, and we could have done the same thing.  I was around during the Cuban Missile Crisis; that was genuinely terrifying.  But Iran doesn’t frighten me, and I don’t think it should frighten the American people.  They don’t have a bomb, they haven’t made a decision to build one, they don’t have the means to deliver one, and the Israeli’s have 300 atomic bombs.  I mean, who presents the existential threat to whom?” (emphasis added).

You can watch the entire video here if you so choose:

In this same vein, I recently read an article that was headlined by something along the lines of “Iran is Ready to Wipe Israel off the Face of the Earth.”  The article then proceeded to detail the speech given by Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.  In this short article, it described a speech that can be summed up in a simple warning from Iran to Israel, “If you attack us, we will destroy you.”

I just want to point out the disconnect between the headline and the actual article.  The headline makes Iran seem the aggressors, when in reality, if you read Vahidi’s speech, he says that they will only act in self-defense, which should be the right of every country.

Did you know that only 4 countries are not signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Iran has signed.  Israel has not.  Who presents the existential threat to whom?

16 US intelligence agencies have all said, in consensus, that Iran is enriching uranium, but not for the purpose of building a bomb.  Ayatollah Khamenei said last week that Iran would not seek to build a nuclear weapon, and that doing so would be “a sin.”  He also said that Iran would not stop it’s peaceful pursuance of nuclear power for energy purposes, even in the midst of “pressure, sanctions, and assassinations.”

We know for certain Israel has nuclear weapons.  Our intelligence agencies have said with confidence that Iran does not.  Who presents the existential threat to whom?

There is a massive “pro-Israel” right-wing lobbying group in the United States called AIPAC.  They are pushing a preemptive strike against Iran.  Israel is beating its war drums, and some US politicians (mostly the ones taking AIPAC money) have joined the bongo party.  However, one entity stands out in its commitment to the use of force only in self-defense: Iran.

Israel wants to attack Iran offensively, preemptively, and aggressively.  Iran has said it will defend itself if it has to.  Who presents the existential threat to whom?

It seems that every self-proclaimed Christian in this country has forgotten about Just War.  It certainly doesn’t help when war-mongers like Rick Santorum are shamelessly ballyhooed by groups like CatholicVote and the Evangelical leaders in Texas.  For those who have forgotten, let me remind you of this instrumental section of the Just War Theory, Last Resort:

Force may be used only after all peaceful and viable alternatives have been seriously tried and exhausted or are clearly not practical.”

I don’t think most Americans comprehend the gravity of war.  Extending that, I don’t think most politicians comprehend the gravity of war.  I don’t blame them though.  I can understand why, having lived in America all of their lives and eating everything the mass media threw their way, people would demand war with a country that is trying to have peace.

For more on AIPAC’s anti-Iran policies, go here.

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2 thoughts on “The Real Existential Threat

  1. Annonymous 02/27/2012 / 12:31 pm

    Canada has more oil reserves than Iran does, and is predicted to have close to 2 trillion barrels of oil in its resivors, placing it at 8 times more oil than Saudi Arabia and the biggest reserve on the planet. The USA alone has 1/10 of the oil that Iran has. While 1/10 is a small fraction, it is enough money for us to pull out of Iran, and depending on them for oil. We have plenty of oil right here in North America if only we (and Canada) would tap our own resources, prices would drop drastically. Not only would supply skyrocket, the oil companies would save millions in transporting oil across the world which would transfer to the consumer. Most of our problems can be solved right here on our own turf we are just too used to outsourcing and depending on the labor of others.

    • Annonymous 02/27/2012 / 12:32 pm

      Wrong post, whoops.

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