We just got out of one. I had breathed a sigh of relief that we would be able to start getting back on our feet. And now, here comes another one.
Today I’m reading in several news sources that US General Martin Dempsey is in Israel to urge restraint, as Israel mulls a possible pre-emptive strike on Iran. What happens if Israel gets embroiled in military conflict with Iran? I doubt that we’re going to let our ally get beaten to a pulp. As much as I disagree with Israel’s domestic policy sometimes, I do not see that as an option either. So then it’s yet another potentially disastrous and draining war for us. Just the thought of it makes me want to curl up in a fetal position under my desk.
Like most people, I’m no fan of Ahmadinejacket. I was very excited when the Green Revolution in Iran was taking place, and even took part in a completely useless march through downtown Portland supporting it. Because that’s our cure for everything in Portland—protest marches. I love the idea that the people of Iran might be able to overthrow their tyrannical government. I hate the idea that we may soon be bombing those same ambitious, idealistic people into oblivion.
Also, has everyone forgotten that we don’t have the money for another war? Some of the Republicans calling the loudest for an attack on Iran are also the biggest budget cut proponents. Ah, but wait, we have all these programs like Social Security and Medicare that need to get slashed anyway. We’re getting too big for our britches in this country, expecting things like a dignified retirement. We forget that we have to pay a price for maintaining the empire.
And then what about countries like China and Russia, who oppose an attack on Iran? Are we headed for an all-out world war? China is obviously a trading partner, so they have to tread down a very cautious path. It’s doubtful they would want to take us on at this point. But I fear what might happen when we become so weakened by a series of unending wars that other countries no longer respect us. Please, let’s maintain our strength, not waste it.
If nothing else, this is another useful wake up call telling us that we need to stop being so dependent on oil, so dependent on it that we keep having to fight for it. We have to look at options like alternative energy sources and public transit and bikes, before it’s too late.
In the meantime, I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it’s not time for World War III yet. I mean, I’m just getting started on this blog, for chrissakes!