Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Forty Wars and Counting

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There’s about forty wars going on right now, though only about eight are classified as major wars. Yes, I will blog about them all. Muahaha. This is, after all, a blog about war, science, and religion. Not now though. And this morning none of my science or religion posts seem ready to go, so the giant jumping rats and such will have to wait until another day. Here, because it’s in the news so much and it scares me so much, are the ten reasons why I think a US attack on Iran would be a bad idea:

  1. Iran has thousands if not tens of thousands of missiles to fire back, think Hezbollah on steroids.
  2. The Shiites in Iraq would almost certainly turn on us, think Iraqi insurgency getting three or four times bigger.
  3. Other key American allies such as Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia could easily be swept away by fundamentalist revolutions.
  4. The price of oil would spike, which means the cost of gas could easily double.
  5. Shock and Awe doesn’t work. Bombing Iran will no more make Iranians our compliant friends than 9-11 made Americans rush out and urge surrender to Bin Laden.
  6. Islamist extremists everywhere would be empowered and legitimized by further proof that Bush’s “war on terror” is just a euphemism for “war on Islam.”
  7. Our friends would think less of us, and our “friends” Russia and China would be encouraged to solve their international “problems” the same way.
  8. Other countries would have strong incentive to develop nuclear weapons themselves to deter US attack.
  9. People would die, lots of people, innocent people. This is important.
  10. Worst of all, another war would mean giving Bush more powers. And if we give Bush any more powers, he’s going to start appearing in public in tights. No one wants that.

OK, number ten is not original, I have no idea whose sentiment it originally was. It still makes me laugh every time, I hope others feel the same. As long as somewhere someone is laughing, there’s hope for us all.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
—Genesis 21:6

Written by unitedcats

September 26, 2006 at 7:18 am

Posted in Bush, Iran, Terrorism, War, WMDs

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  1. *Sitting in office, in Kuwait, cracking up*

    Number 10 was funny :D

    i agree.. war with Iran is bad, very bad.

    krispydixie

    September 27, 2006 at 12:23 am

  2. Don’t agree with a policy of preemption, Doug–it often confuses itself too much with imperialism, and imperialism (for WHATEVER reason) is still what it is. I think, though, that as the world shrinks, nations will more readily involve themselves in the affairs of others–not v.v.

    Got a kick out of 7 :)

    -j

    bereans

    September 27, 2006 at 1:13 pm

  3. Couple of things:
    re: 4. Gas price spike – who cares? The US has never REALLY tried to put together a comprehensive Public Transportation system because gas has been so cheap. When people live near where they work, they will build a community.

    re: 5. Shock and Awe does work – Don’t you remember the Bosnian crisis, where the US commander had to have press conferences every day to apologize to our ‘friends’ in the world community for knocking over some serb’s flower pots every time we bombed the bad guys across the street?

    re: 7. Russia and China? the USSR and China were famous for ‘solving’ problems this way, and still are: Tibet, Chechnya, Afghanistan (in the 80’s), etc.

    re 8. – Nuclear development as deterrent – Iran and Korea use the deterrent argument, but they really want to use nukes to bully their neighbors. Whether or not a nation has nukes will not deter the US from attacking them. The US has thousands of warheads and ICBMs to deliver them. We can sit here and pulverize any country on Earth with impunity. But we don’t because we are ‘the good guys’. The patience of the American people is likely to sublimate, however, just as soon as some madman sneaks a nuke into the US and kills a million Americans in a major city. The gloves will come off, and there will be no deterring American citizens from their revenge. People of all walks of life will get up from the dinner table, and sign up to go kill “the bastards”.
    Pray that our legislature gets its act together and secures the border, because if a nuke goes off here, there will be lots of smoking craters all around the world.

    re: 9. Lots of innocent people die every day because of the Islamofascist approach to conflict resolution. A car bomb is not a moral method of convincing people that your idea has merit. It is a means of intimidation to force people to accept your idea, no matter how morally bankrupt it may be.

    Shoulung

    September 28, 2006 at 5:33 am

  4. […] War with Iran is a Bad Idea: (from Doug’s Darkworld) […]

  5. […] Sholung, an esteemed reader of my Forty Wars and Counting post left a long and thoughtful comment. He raises some interesting points and this is a subject near and dear to my heart, so I will address his post. Appropriate lines of my “Ten reasons not to attack Iran” list are reproduced below, with Sholung’s comments in italics followed by my remarks: 4. The price of oil would spike, which means the cost of gas could easily double. […]

  6. […] I found a post on Doug’s Darkworld yesterday morning regarding what a bad idea it would be to go to war with Iran. I disagreed with some of his points and what started with my comment has become something of a debate. The initial post is here, and Doug’s subsequent post with his elaboration on my comment is here. […]

  7. […] frankly, my concern levels are rising again. I have decided to revisited and expand my post of almost a year ago listing ten reasons not to attack Iran. My original reasons are listed below, with today’s […]

  8. […] about. I argued that the USA and Israel had ample geopolitical reasons for demonizing Iran, and excellent reasons to draw the line at demonizing and not actually engaging in outright war. And here we are once […]


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