Superpower… What exactly does that mean? Is our country still a superpower?
Superpower implies that there are other “little powers” and we are above them.
Because our arsenal of guns and nuclear weapons is so much larger than other counties, I suppose you could argue that we are a superpower.
Or does it mean that we have the intellectual capacity to serve as the world’s policemen? The right hates that term but it is true in a lot of respects. We are kids on the block compared to other nations. We are a couple of hundred years old. Some of these countries are thousands of years old.
If we are a superpower then we must have noticed that there is a fire burning in the Middle East. You may have heard of it. It’s Israel against the Middle East. That begs the question, “Where is America?” We are a superpower right?
Israel is our friend. We have gone to great lengths to protect their little nation. We have supplied money, aid, guns, airplanes and just about anything else they’ve needed. They are at war and where are we?
The warmongers say that those to the left of middle are pacifists. Michael Graham
compares this situation to Canada. (The Free Times - The Usual Suspects)
How we would feel if we were in the same predicament?
I fully support Israel’s right to exist and defend itself and its people. But where are we?
There are much larger implications than this “small war.” Back in the 80’s we fought Russia through Afghanistan. Now we are fighting Iran and Syria through Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas. Brinkmanship and deniability are dangerous games to play. If you play it once too often someone is going to call you on it.
We’ve felt as though we have had the right to preemptively strike a nation who supposedly had nuclear or chemical weapons aimed at us or Israel. But this is a real war that can spiral out of control. When I first wrote this on Friday Condi had just decided to go to the Middle East but she wanted to make sure she wasn’t just going “to give people hope there would be negotiations that would lead to something.” Yeah it might lead to a cease fire or Israel cooling off a bit.
They say, Iraq is a better place because Saddam is gone. Ask the people dying in the streets each day, who have no power, who don’t have jobs or clean drinking water. I’m not saying that Saddam should still be in power but we have given away the compassion the world had for us on September 11, 2001 and created some seriously dangerous world stage situations. Israel is one of them. Our troops are bogged down in this war and the “forgotten war”, Afghanistan, so do we even have the resources to help?
For years every world leader that had been asked about the situation in the Middle East has had the same response, “solve the Palestinian question.” We have done everything but solve this question. Those in Hezbollah and Hamas and Islamic Jihad live for war. Their ideas are of a world where everyone reads the Quran and the one true God is worshipped. Let’s not even get started on their ideas about women. This will never happen so they will essentially fight forever. However, those that believe in these organizations but live everyday normal lives want peace to raise their children, work and worship. I don't have any illsions about people of these countries wanting democracy like we know it. However, I would hazard a guess they don't want bombs falling on them everyday like the Jihadist's do.
War is not a necessity. It is something we do when all else fails. Are we admitting that all else has failed? Are we prepared to let this conflict spiral out of control?
It’s like we’ve decided to play a bad kickball game. We’ve all started to choose our teams. America picks Israel, Iran picks Hezbollah/Hamas, Iran picks Syria, and we pick…hmmmmmm? Who’s left that would want to be on our team? Something wicked is coming and the payback will be enormous. In the end, oil will be the least of our concerns.