There’s a spike with Iran every few years. But it’s not just the same-old, same-old. Iran is now more dangerous than before.
And no, they’re not just a Middle-Eastern North Korea. We’ll explain below.
Recent Threats from Iran
Four oil tankers. A Saudi oil pipeline. The city of Baghdad. All have come under attack in recent weeks.
And according to the head of the Pentagon Joint Staff Vice Admiral Michael Gilday, “We believe with a high degree of confidence that this stems back to the leadership of Iran at the highest levels.”
Iran is making the world wonder what we should expect from them next. Based on Iran’s history, it doesn’t look good.
Threat to Israel, Threat to the World
Iran has been trying to become a nuclear threat for decades. Radical Islam has been threatening to destroy Israel since it was re-established–and has threatened to wipe out the Jewish people of the world since before Hitler.
President Hassan Rouhani is just one of many Iranian leaders who has tried to gain nuclear weapons while spouting out hatred towards Israel. In his own words, he has called Israel a “cancerous tumor,” and “an occupier and usurper government.”
Iran also has a hisotry of trying to buid nuclear facilities, claiming they are for peacetime use.
And the U.S. has a history of uneven efforts to contain these efforts–the most recent being beta-male Barrack Obama’s toothless attempts at containment.
Why Iran is Not North Korea–And Why That’s a Bad Thing
Unless Pyongyang decides hits one of its neighbors with a rocket–an extremely unlikely occurrence–the U.S. won’t have any reason to put troops on the ground in North Korea.
That’s not necessarily true when it comes to Iran, though. Very few people in American public life have made that clear.
Unfortunately, that includes many in the few right-leaning media outlets–and even Republican politicians! So let’s set the record straight
Kim Jong Il, aka Rocketman, loves to make a big noise. Such a big noise, in fact, that many PUNDITS see North Korea as a greater threat than it is.
But there are three things you have to understand, to understand North Korea an Kim Jong Il.
1. Just like his father, Kim Jong Il has a huge ego to maintain. Most of us probably would too, if we had a whole nation worshipping us (or at least pretending to). Much of Kim’s saber rattling should be looked at from this point of view.
2. North Korea is a tiny country surrounded by major world players. That nation shares a border with two of the world’s three biggest powers, Russia and China. And because of our military bases, North Korea is effectively bordered by the world’s only remaining superpower–the United States. A lot of the loud talk coming out of Pyongyang, aggressive as it seems, is nothing more than defensive noisemaking.
3. North Korea is an isolated country that has very little interaction with the rest of the world. Sure, Kim’s government manages to have a little interaction on the sly. But it’s largeley cut off from the world.
Despite sanctions against the country, Iran isn’t cut off from the world.
And that’s what makes it so dangerous.
How a Nuclear Threat Can Come from Iran Without Coming from Iran
The biggest threat from Iran isn’t that more pipelines or tankers will be bombed. The threat is that, if something isn’t done, Iran could acquire and process enough radioactive material to make a nuclear weapon.
Of course it’s very unlikely that Iran will fire rockets with nuclear warheads any time soon. What’s more llikely is that supposedly “independent” operators might somehow come across just the right materials to build such a bomb.
And Iran seems like the most likely supplier of those materials.
If this happens, the likely target will be Israel.
That country isn’t likely to take things lying down, either. Such an event could mean war in certain parts of the Middle East. That war could easily spill over into the rest of the Middle East, the Balkans, or Russia and the former Soviet Republics.
It could come dangerously close to bursting the high-tension bubble between India and Pakistan.
What’s the solution? There are several ways to go about putting Iran back in it’s place.
One thing is for certain: It needs to happen soon, and it is going to take U.S. leadership to get it done.