After hearing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks at the 2010 United Nations General assembly, it is fair to assume that the majority of the countries have moved closer to feeling a preemptive attack on Iran’s nuclear ambitions is the right thing to do. Most certainly spewing arrogant rhetoric has its negative side.
Perhaps starting off with the reason Connecting the Dots selected this topic for an entry is the best place to start. Very simply it was from the mouths of children looking at the world with more innocent eyes. How children see the world is often very different than adults. They often see things at face value simply because they are still learning about what is going on underneath the surface.
The comments from children were along the lines when referring to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was ‘How did he ever get to be President of Iran?’. They were clearly confused as to how he could be so wrong about the events of September 11, 2001. His comments also cause poor reflections on Iranian’s in their eyes as also being undereducated. It was also clear the children were looking at this singularly and perhaps did not connect with the tragic and bloody events that surrounded Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s election.
So with the simplicity of the eyes of children, they clearly connected that something was wrong with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and that sentiment is reflected across the global community of leaders and other diplomats. The lack of continuity with reality is both alarming and disturbing when you weigh in Iran’s nuclear ambition.
The signal that comes across is Iran would certainly launch a nuclear strike on Israel based on some form of hallucination. If Iran were a person, it is easy to imagine a straight jacket and padded cell being used to keep them from hurting others and themselves. But seeing that is not an option, a military strike remains the final option on the table if all other medications fail. Point of note the options on the table are getting on the thin side.
Interesting enough another fact that few know about unless you care to look it up is the relatively large size of Iran’s army when compared to surrounding countries. Excluding the fact that Iraq’s military has been devastated by recent conflicts, Iran’s 2.3 million strong army is a significant number in the region. Comparatively Iraq 0.57 million, Turkey 1.0 million, Pakistan 1.4 million, Saudi Arabia 0.25 million, Egypt 1.3 million. The USA has 2.4 million for comparison.
As the size of a countries military often reflects the aggressive nature of their governments, it is no surprise to see that North Korea has 9.5 million that is countered by South Korea with 8.7 million. For comparison China the worlds most populous country has 3.4 million. The reason we make mention of North Korea is because of their rhetoric and nuclear saber rattling, and also because of the apparent psychological psychotic similarities with Iran.
This simply leaves us with the realization that M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) as a deterrent is unlikely to work with a disturbed mind. Seeing that suicide bombers are a product of Iran, M.A.D. does not apply. For the most part the nuclear powers understand M.A.D. and that keeps them in check. So the world sees that if Iran acquires nuclear weapons they are likely to be used first and not last, and that is why a preemptive strike on Iran is much more likely than most realize.