LIVING WITH THE BOMB
By Alan Caruba
That’s the way wars used to be fought. By that time, Germany had been so thoroughly destroyed with conventional bombs that its cities laid in ruins. Over a half century ago, wars were not waged with concerns for “collateral damage,” i.e., civilian deaths. It was understood that the civilian population had to be killed to the point where there was simply no capability to proceed.
For a short time, the U.S.A. was the only nation with a nuclear capacity, but, thanks to having infiltrated much of the U.S. government with a vast spy network, the Soviet Union was able to develop its own atomic bomb.
At that point, American children were taught to hide under their school desks or gather in the hallways to avoid the affect of an atomic bomb blast. This was, of course, ridiculous, because a nuclear bomb would flatten any school, along with much of the city in which it was located.
In 1965, Herman Kahn of the Rand Corporation published On Escalation, in which he postulated the concept of MAD, mutually assured destruction, as the only rational solution to another nation’s nuclear weapons program. Red China joined the nuclear club and, in time, others, such as Pakistan and India, joined as well. Both of these nations developed their nuclear programs in secret. North Korea hasn’t even bothered to keep it a secret, nor has Iran.
Today, in the Middle East, Israel has long had nuclear weapons, a development in response to the many conventional wars waged against Israel and in anticipation of a nuclear attack by a nation like Iran, which is led by lunatics who repeatedly tell the world that they intend to “wipe Israel off the map.”
Although no nuclear weapon has been used in war since August 6, 1945, the likelihood that Iran will use one is too great to ignore. There are reports that Iran has tested launching presumably nuclear-tipped missiles from ships. This would be a means to attack the United States.
What is Senator Barack Hussein Obama’s response to the threat of a nuclear attack on America?
On October 2, 2007, Senator Obama gave a speech at Chicago’s DePaul University in which he declared “A New Beginning.” He said, “America seeks a world in which there are no nuclear weapons.” While he said he did not intend to pursue unilateral disarmament, he proposed “a global ban on the production of fissile material for weapons.”
For all the treaties that have been signed since the dawn of the Atomic Age, the one thing we know for sure is that nations, if they want, will simply ignore the treaties. Iran, for example is a signatory to the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at the same time its President brags of adding thousands of gas centrifuges for the creation of fissile materials.
Presumably, Senator Obama, if elected President, will use his charm and diplomatic skills to talk Iran’s mad mullahs into ending their nuclear weapons program. He is on record as saying he would meet with Mamoud Amadinejad, but has since “refined” that statement, saying such a meeting would have pre-conditions, et cetera.
“When I’m President,” Senator Obama now says, “we’ll strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty so that nations that don’t comply will automatically face strong international sanctions.” Meanwhile, Germany has just signed a deal to purchase natural gas from Iran.
There is a simple reason that nations have nuclear weapons. Their neighbors and their perceived enemies have them. Treaties are nice, but useless. Sanctions are useless. The United Nations is useless.
My generation, born prior to or during the era of World War Two, has learned to live with the bomb. Every President since Harry S. Truman has wanted to outlaw nuclear weapons and none has come close.
You cannot un-invent such lethal technology. You cannot assume some madman will not want to use it. The only prevention of such use is to destroy the capability to use it. Israel destroyed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear facilities on June 7, 1981. It has more recently destroyed such facilities in Syria. When the Israelis say “Never again,” they mean it.
Senator Obama has surrounded himself with advisors with known anti-Israel views, and he continues to blather away about some form of disarmament. He has laid out a program by which America’s military defense would be severely reduced, including weapons development.
History teaches that only strength can deter aggression. Waiting to be attacked is folly. Expecting nations led by men with evil intentions to respond rationally is folly.
Mutually Assured Destruction only works when leaders care enough to not sacrifice their people, but Iran’s leaders are eager for the return of the Twelfth Imam, a mythical Islamic figure who would impose Islam on the entire world.
Sixty-three years since the first and only atomic bombs were used to end a war that had cost millions of lives, we are still living with the bomb. The immediate question is whether we will witness its use against Israel and the United States.
If elected, Senator Obama’s policies will amount to unconditional surrender in the face of a very real threat.
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