If you want to have some idea what the world will look like once Iran gets nuclear weapons, have a look-see below. It’s our friend Kim Jong-Il, the Dear Leader, or his son, Baby Jerk, lobbing bombs at South Koreans on an island near the border.
So far, two South Korean soldiers have been killed, and more than a dozen soldier injured, along with a few civilians. The North Koreans can do this, because they have nuclear weapons. Here is why they have nuclear weapons:
That’s right, it was this guy who negotiated the “Agreed Framework” with North Korea in 1994 that gave them the cover to develop their uranium enrichment program.
So now North Korea gets to blow up South Korean ships – as they did in March, killing 46 sailors – and attack South Korean islands with impunity. Because there ain’t much we can do about it. Oh wait, maybe there are a few things.
This morning, President Obama sicked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the North Koreans. This is what Gibbs said.
Earlier today North Korea conducted an artillery attack against the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. We are in close and continuing contact with our Korean allies.
The United States strongly condemns this attack and calls on North Korea to halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement.
The United States is firmly committed to the defense of our ally, the Republic of Korea, and to the maintenance of regional peace and stability.
Oh boy, that will put it stop to it.
Sanctions may work, but only until the worsening situation brings everyone back to the negotiating table, some kind of agreement is reached, North Korea gets more money, and then a few years later the Kim family is discovered to be – SHOCKING – violating the agreement once again.
Which bring us to Iran. The Obama administration is arguing that sanctions must do the job, and that a military strike will only set the Iranians back two or three years and by the way unite the country against us.
Now, how we know anything about what will happen in Iran after a military strike other than the at least temporary – and perhaps permanent – end to their nuclear program, I do not know. For all we know, the mullahs will say, “the Hell with this,” send Ahmadinejad on vacation to Waziristan, and end the nuclear weapons quest.
I’d like to know of one place where sanctions have put an end to a country’s quest for nuclear weapons. I can name you several examples of where military action – or the serious threat of it, which is what we had going in North Korea in 1994 before Bill Clinton pussied out and sent in Jimmy Carter – has stopped countries from obtaining nuclear weapons.
1. Cuba, 1962 – John F. Kennedy blockaded the place and prepared to invade from Florida, forcing the Russians to cease their effort to place weapons on the island.
2. Iraq, 1981 – Israel bombs to pieces the Osiraq reactor.
3. Lybia, 2003 – Colonel Qadaffi craps in his pants after George W. Bush invades Iraq, and scraps his weapons program.
4. Syria, 2007 – Israel bombs to pieces the Al Kibar reactor, which was being assembled with North Korea’s help.
Sure, let’s give sanctions on Iran a little more time – you never know, afterall. But in the end, there will be only one choice if we want to prevent a radical, insane, Islamist, Holocaust-denying but Holocaust-threatening country from acting with impunity around the world.
We are going to have to bomb it.
But will Obama bomb Iran? Of course not. The Israelis will have to do it, which means the mission will not be executed as well as it could be, or will be a failure.