Sunday, November 18, 2012


Israel and Hamas Verging on War

Here we go again! One side, the Hamas contingent, sends hundreds of unguided rockets into Israel for months on end, hitting whatever is at the end of their trajectories, and attempting to hit Tel Aviv and Jeruselem, the most densely populated regions of Israel. No nation could stand that barrage indefinitely, and Israel didn't.  They finally fired back with air raids to silence the rocket launches, but seemingly to little effect in shutting the launches down. They are poised to invade Gaza yet again, with unknown consequences in the long term.

Just over the horizon is Iran, witrh its nuclear program, and both Israel and the US have stated they will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
On the Eastern border of Israel is Syria, with its red hot insurgency against the government of Assad. Then, too, there is Egypt and its Muslim Brotherhood in power now and vowing support to Hamas. There were reports of rockets fired from Egypt at Tel Aviv and Jeruselem. All of this on top of our Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack, which only adds to the distress for a region almost totally in war mode. Even Iraq is turning against the US, and giving us punches to the nose.

I wonder whether anyone is thinking of cleaning house in all of these nations, sooner or later, by direct invasion and subjugation, possibly beginning with Iran, the supporter of much of the terrorism activity in the ME?  In the recent past, one person suggested that while we had a significant force inside Iraq, we should augment those forces and turn a part of them towards Iran, occupying their western and southern regions where their oil is located, and daring them to come out and fight a pitched battle with us. With our vastly superior firepower we should win such an engagement handily, and thereby toppling the Iranian government, or at the least crippling it seriously, and cutting off their threat to block the Strait and controling their entire oil supply.
That opportunity is not as readily available now, without sending forces back into Iraq, though we could invade the southern beaches and proceed north and east. If we succeeded in this effort, presumably we could occupy Iran completely and shut down their nuclear and terrorist efforts. As I remember it, the suggestion was for Israel to tackle Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and perhaps Egypt with our logistics and air support. We would probably have to send in a number of brigades to help them.

The result would be a Middle East under Western control, and the funding for terrorism would be significantly reduced. Israel would be free of rocket attacks and land invasions, the Suez Canal would remain open as would the Strait of Hormuz. A modernization program could be instituted at a slow pace to conserve funds and paid for by their oil, and the idea of installing a democratic government would be shelved. We just might have to look strongly at Saudi Arabia as well, since they are the next big source of terrorist funding and personnel.

We will not follow this path for about a million reasons, including: 1) it is aggression, which is against the UN treaty we are obliged to follow; 2)it would be costly at a time when we cannot afford such ventures; 3)we will not have the will to do it, ever; and, 4) it is immoral, which is enough reason to throw the idea on the dust heap.



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