Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Friday, March 02, 2012

War with Iran? Any other options?

In early March of 2012 many Americans were thinking ‘How close are we to war with Iran?’ Most experts were thinking ‘Too damn close!’

One might ask ‘Why are we faced with this serious possibility with our military and economy already over committed and limping. The answer is simple. Our leaders believe that Iran's leaders are committed to forcefully eliminating Israel. They believe Iran’s leaders words to “wipe Israel off the map” is literal.

Key question: Is this really Iran's intentions knowing that Israel won't go down without obliterating Iran? Are we to believe that Iranian leaders are OK with that? Are the majority of Iranians OK with that? Why aren’t they protesting? Are we OK with Israel starting a war with Iran or with our government helping Israel preempt Iran's nuclear capability? Why aren’t we protesting?

Key questions: What is Iran's conventional capability for crippling our weak economy? What is Iran's biological, chemical or cyber WMD capacity? Will they refrain from using their forces against us if we support Israel's attack? Are we willing to sacrifice tens of thousands, maybe millions of Americans and our economic recovery to help Israel? What other unintended consequences could befall us and the world if war starts. If Iran suspects an Israeli or US attack is imminent does Iran have the right of self defense and legitimate cause for launching it's own preemptive strikes?

The insanity of this serious situation should have us asking another key question. Is it time to yet to replace the current 'national sovereignty' system where each nation has supreme authority to start a war?

Is a global legal system that holds individual leaders accountable for their actions a more sane approach? Today, Virgina militia no longer prepare for war with Maryland over the rights to Potomac river water. Our federation of sovereign states have a court with “supreme” sovereignty to deal with such state differences. Is it possible to adopt a global system where justice, democracy and human rights have the supreme authority over the intention of powerful leaders?

The current system of global lawlessness is simply insane.
So here's the most important question.

Why do we keep using/defending the same system expecting a safe and sane result?

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