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The world, which always seems to be on the brink of some cataclysmic or apocalyptic disaster, somehow keeps from blowing itself to pieces by living within and following a tenuous but certain order of life in the political fast lane. Although at times it is most difficult to believe that hidden behind the chaos and confusion the rules the day, there is a very well defined path that is being followed. It seems that politics – both domestic and foreign – depends on a absolute obedience to a science of laws that govern most actions and reactions. Beyond the madness, there is a logic.
There is a guiding logic that allows for the insanities and atrocities of nationalistic and religious malfeasance. When God created the heavens and the stars, the earth and the moon, he also created a bountiful and plentiful gene pool that has spawned – and will continue to spawn – madmen and murderers who kill, torture and loot in the name of a perverse political ideology or religious theology.
Wars and genocides dominate the landscape of history yet mankind and the world it lives on always seems to survive. Because the order of things is complex with millions of sets and subsets all working in sync, like gears in a massive machine.
But today, part of that order is being challenged and compromised. It seems the boys in the sandbox have decided to let their testosterone-throbbing penises do the thinking. They play a do it my way or I’m taking my toys home with me game which has somehow elevated into conventional wisdom.
This all begins with Israeli Prime Minister ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu’s obsession with opposing Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Although the thought of Iran possessing such nuclear bombs scares most of the world, Israel’s fear – justified and valid – borders on the brink of absolute paranoia. The majority of Israel’s leaders sincerely believe that Iran would surely not hesitate to use such a weapon on the Jewish State.
Whether such thinking is realistic is a question open to debate. Given just the geography of the region, it is hard to imagine that anyone would even consider using such a powerful and destructive weapon on Israel given its proximity to the West Bank, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. Surely, any nuclear attack on Israel would produce radioactive fallout that would adversely affect the population of its neighbors. Israel is a small country. It stretches about 250 miles from North to South and from 9.3 to 71 miles east to west.
Attacking Israel would be like dropping a nuclear bomb on Los Angeles. Cities like San Diego, Anaheim, Las Vegas and San Francisco would be subject to the affects of nuclear fallout as well. So the question must be asked: Even if Iran had to capability and wanted to attack Israel; would it do so knowing that such attack would endanger the entire West Bank, most of Jordan and large portions of both Lebanon and Egypt? Can a country be that obsessed with destroying its perceived enemy that it would be willing to sacrifice the lives of hundreds of thousands of its own people?
For this blogger, such thought is pure insanity. But then, again, world history is dominated by similar episodes of insanity so who is to say the current situation is so different? Who is to say that such a war, such an outrageous attack is impossible?
Certainly not this blogger.
So Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington to, in theory, speak to a joint session of Congress. He was invited not by the President or a member of his administration but by Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner; which, of course, pissed the President and his friend off. The President claims that with Israeli national elections only weeks away, Netanyahu’s speech in front of Congress can be interpreted by some as America’s involvement in Israeli politics. Boehner claims the speech is all about Iran’s nuclear threat and how important it is for the United States to prevent Iran from ever achieving nuclear weapons.
And so it has started: the crumbling of the order of things. What was once sacrosanct is now under attack and political stability is losing the fight.
Obama, Netanyahu and Boehner are in a sandbox waving their dicks at each other and acting like spoiled children engaged in a winner take all size-does-matter contest. Democrats are boycotting the speech. The House Black Caucus is criticizing the speech. Talking puppets sent out by the Obama administration are saying that this whole mini crisis is significantly hurting American-Israeli relations. This ego-driven dance across strategic chess boards is destroying long standing alliances.
Israel needs America’s economic and military support. America needs an ally like Israel in the Middle East. Israel needs Congressional Democrats support. Democrats need the support of Jewish voters.
Israel needs the support of the Israel-loving religious Republicans. Republicans need the political donations offered by Jewish elitists.
The Democratic Black Caucus, which is boycotting Netanyahu’s speech, needs the support of Jewish donors as they are compelled to resurrect a new version of the 1965 voting rights appeal.
So maybe it is time for all of our leaders to act as big boys and big girls and lead our respective countries during times that can best be described as dangerous and frightening. Let long standing coalitions and alliances continue and lets at the very least tune down the rhetoric and pubic posturing. Let’s let the Speaker of the House and the Israeli Prime Minister have their moments. Let Boehner play his anti-Obama political game. Let Netanyahu warn the Congress, this Nation and the rest of the World of the dangers of ever letting a country like Iran obtain nuclear weapons.
And then let’s us go back and expend energies and resources on the real issues of the day. Let us go back and continue to strengthen the order of things that has functioned so well over the past six decades.
With the right to vote being compromised by pseudo Patriots and partisan zealots, let us join together to insure that the bells of freedom will continue to ring.
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