War is not the answer – but it appears that’s the way we are headed in the Middle East. The duel between Israel and Hamas in and around Gaza may just be a peripheral skirmish to what appears to be an inevitable showdown with Iran.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that Iran is getting ready to dramatically increase the production of enriched uranium (necessary for an atomic bomb), and that Iran’s refusal to permit IAEA inspections strongly suggests that Iran’s program has “possible military dimensions” – i.e., production of an atomic bomb.
President Obama has repeatedly stated that the U.S. will not permit Iran to have atomic weapons. The Israeli government has already drawn a “red line” that will determine when it launches an attack of Iran’s nuclear facilities.
It is insane for the Middle Eastern, European, North American and Asian political leaders to permit the continuation of this apparently inexorable march towards military conflict. War is not the answer.