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Hold on, ambassador

Jim Cameron
Vail, CO, Colorado

Bomb, bomb, bomb … bomb, bomb Iran … . I see that John “Trigger Finger” Bolton (“Time for Israeli strike on Iran?”) has been stealing lyrics from John McCain.

At least McCain was joking (I think), but Bolton is deadly serious. And what role would the United States be asked to play in a pre-emptive strike against Iran?

Well, we only have two wars going on at the moment, and one of those is winding down. And those two are pansy wars fought with conventional weapons, for crying out loud!

We got a real chance here for some nuclear mushrooms. I am surprised that Bolton didn’t suggest that the United States could coordinate with Israel by pre-emptively bombing North Korea.

Of course, we could defend our actions by telling North Korea that the next time it utters a threatening comment, we will take them seriously and turn every living thing in that country to dust. We would probably only have to wait a few minutes or so between our ultimatum and the ensuing threat from North Korea.

I’m trying to think of a positive here, and the only thing that comes to mind is the theory of Thomas Robert Malthus, which states that the world will starve itself to death unless increases in world population can be checked.

In spite of the massive starvation we already have, abetted by disease, periodic massacres, natural catastrophes and China’s one-child policy, the world continues to grow rapidly in population.

There is nothing more efficient in reducing the world’s population like a nuclear war. The problem is making sure you are not one of the sacrifices.

Me? I am applying for stimulus money. I have a shovel ready project in the back yard. It’s called a bunker.

Bolton is like many others in the former Bush administration who believe war is the only mechanism to achieve world peace.

During the Vietnam War, demonstrators had a saying the went “fighting for peace is like s______g for chastity.”

Cooler heads than Bolton’s (and you all qualify) might consider the fact that our military leaders believe that an attack against Iran would greatly destabilize the entire region and result in a civil war in Iran that would spill into neighboring countries.

Bolton might also consider that experts believe that Iran’s capability to deliver a nuclear weapon is still a few years away. Since the division among the Iranian people and even within its theocracy is still visible and percolating under the surface, it might be prudent to see how this plays out over the next year.

The final chapter in what may be a “velvet revolution” has not been written. It is time to show some patience, as the Obama administration is doing. And I have more faith in Israel to understand the ramifications of pre-emptively pressing that red button than does John Bolton.

Jim Cameron


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