The Iranian bomb

Iran does not have the bomb and claims that it does not want one. Some recent hysterical articles claim that Iranian possession of a nuclear device would be the end of the world. What is the truth?

Israel already possesses the bomb as does Pakistan, Russia, China, India, France, England, North Korea and the US. Adding one more member to the nuclear club when the US has more nuclear devices (probably) than all the rest put together will not mean the end of the world. Then why the hysteria?

Partly it is a religious issue, because Israel and Saudi Arabia are opposed to increased power and status for Iran. Iran is Shiite, which Sunni Saudi Arabia regards as a heretical version of Islam while Israel is of course Jewish. Mainly though the opposition to Iran is geopolitical; nether Israel nor Saudi Arabia want a powerful rival playing in their sandbox, the deserts of the Middle East. The only other populous nation in the Middle East is Egypt and Egypt lacks oil and is relatively poor. Iran is potentially a very powerful and wealthy nation.

If Iran were to acquire the bomb, it would not share the technology with al-Qaeda, which is a Sunni organization. Iran is predominantly Shia and the only other Shia nation is Iraq. Pakistan is a failing state with nuclear weapons and that provided shelter for bin Laden for 10+ years, yet did not supply al-Qaeda with nuclear weapons. Both the Pakistanis and the Iranians understand that attacking the West or Israel directly or by proxy would be national suicide. Since the Iranians are both civilized and intelligent, we should be willing to accept their assertions that they do not seek nuclear weapons, with safeguards of course.

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Secondary health insurance up only 2%

Good news in the mail today for my wife and me–our secondary health insurance resets every twelve months and it will increase only 2% starting in September. Is this the result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? I don’t know, but it is a welcome change from recent double-digit increases. Hoorah!

If he were President

If he were still President, George W. Bush would still be bombing Iraq and Afghanistan and he would have started bombing Syria.

If he were President, John McCain would be doing all of the above and he would have started bombing Iran.

If he were President, Mitt Romney would be doing all of the above, but only after making sure his money was in a safe place.

If he were President, Ted Cruz would be doing all of the above and closing our southern borders to everyone not from Cuba.

If she were President, no one could predict what Sarah Palin would do. Heaven help the United States of America.

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Gaza Strip

It could be the name of a nightclub or a card game, but in fact it is the name of a tiny enclave of 141 square miles between Egypt and Israel and the home (prison) of about two million Palestinians. It is also one of the most densely populated places on earth because the people living there have nowhere else to go. At this time, Israel is again retaliating for alleged Palestinian acts of terror. As always, one side’s acts of terror are the other side’s freedom fighting. During its struggle for survival after its founding, Israel also supported organizations that Britain labeled as terrorist. It really is time for both sides to stop the killing and learn to live in peace with their neighbors.