No need to get in a panic when Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks
about wiping Israel off the map. He is a man of little importance in setting
policy. He justs talks with absolutely no real power. The power
resides with Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Although
Khamenei may say "stuff", he's not stupid and is saying these
things more for internal consumption than anything else. It's a may to
maintain control in that despotic state.More importantly, Israel and
the United States needs to work with the international community and not respond
irrationally to rhetoric. This is much like the current situation with North
Korea: standard anti-Western talk with no substance. Iran knows that its
position in the world is tenuous. Any military attack on Israel
will result in massive retaliation with Iran becoming a burned-out cinder on the
surface of the earth. Although the Israeli government doesn't advertise
the fact, Israel possess more nuclear capability than Iran even wants to think
about.This situation only reminds people of China four decades ago
when it was doing the same thing. And we all know what happened there.
Mr Gerson is big on detailing out the problem, but short on solutions.I believe that we are handling it correctly. Let Iran know that they will
never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons and that we will do everything and
anything to stop that from happening.War should be a last option and
we should make everyone share in the cost, if it comes to war. Tell Israel and
other nations that they can also borrow money but that the US will not foot the
whole bill.And if war breaks out, immediately make plans to fund it
by either cutting spending elsewhere and raising taxes. Let ALL Americans share
in the sacrifice, not just our military and our children.War is very
expensive. If it is necessary today, lets pay for it today. There
may have never been a war in Iraq if Americans had to PAY for it TODAY rather
than letting it add to the debt.
Can't we just stay out of this? Let them have WW3 for all I care. I hate
foreign wars and will only support war when the enemy is launching an invasion
on our own land.
Sounds like Israel's problem, not ours. Why do US politicians feel the need
to send other people's children to be shot at for some other country's
@Ernest,I wish liberals would take the same attitude with illegal
immigrants and Mexico. If Mexico is terrible, its their problem. Let them help
their people. Why should I be forced to pay for the education, healthcare, and
taxes of Mexicans?
Chris B.It is easy to blame the democrats today because they are 2/3
in power.However there were many years that the GOP controlled the
Presidency (bush) the house and the senate.Care to tell me what they
proposed in the way of immigration legislation to combat the problem?You can blame the "liberals" all you want, but the reality is that
neither party really wants to tackle the problem.The GOP is making
noise now, knowing that they dont have the power. When they DO have the power,
they pretty much do what is being done today, which is not much.
@Michael Gerson Who exactly is "glossing" it over and what exactly
do you propose we do differently? @Chris BSo you really think
that our government risking starting a violent war that could not only kill tens
of thousands of Israeli and Iranian people but also send many of our US citizens
to their graves is the same as allowing illegal immigrants to migrate into the
US? Seems like a bit of a stretch to me.
Don't agree with you all the time Joe Blow, but I do agree with this point.
No party wants to do much about the immigration issue. To politically
dangerous. Re: Tolstoy, you do realize that many American citizens
have in fact been killed or injured by illegals who drive drunk, or get involved
in gang crime, ect. If those illegals had not been here, which they
shouldn't have been, then a lot of American citizens would not have been
People in the world aren't glossing over Iran's threats to Israel.
This is why Iran is being told with threat of war, that it can't enrich
uranium.It remains to be seen if there will be follow through, but
Iran's threats haven't been ignored.
Re mgscottA lot of people have been killed by people here
legally.Having people here illegally does not increase the odds of
any one person being killed.
Iran's use of genocidal rhetoric against Israel and Jews ought to be raised
in the United Nations -- constantly. There is no reason to conclude that this
kind of talk is just for domestic political purposes. Certainly we learned that
much from the Nazis.
Where in the constitution is it written that we have to defend Israel? I don't understand where all this pro war mantra is coming from! Is it
coming from am radio? Isn't it funny how folks who have never been to war
and whose children will never fight in one, are the first and most eager to send
others to war? Lets obey the constitution. If Iran hasn't
invaded/attacked our country then we have no business attacking them.
Re: cjbYou kind of missed the point. It isn't about odds, it
is about the fact that people who should not have been here, were. And they
caused damage that would not have happened if the government were doing its job
and enforcing the very immigration laws that it is supposed to in order to
protect American citizens.
@mg ScottAnd once again do you think that the small number of people
that are sadly the victims of the type of crimes you did ripe are really
comparable to the scale of death that would occurs during a war?
The Real Maverick, So what about North Korea, do we let them flatten
South Korea w/out provocation. Or The serbs and Kosovo, or China and Japan. We
can argue wether Israel should be a US ally all day long. And maybe come to the
conclusion that we should not, but while they are our ally, and while we have
pledged support I think we should help them defend themselves. Just like we
would with South Korea, Kosovo, or Japan.