Regarding the Iranian-Israeli issue

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Many pro-Israel lobbyists seem to be pushing for the use of Military aggression on Iran, who has been said to be close to nuclear capabilities.

While military options are not necessarily synonymous with war, it would definitely start one, and that’s what Israel wants.  However, that’s something we can’t afford.

Our nation is currently in debt by 16 Trillion Dollars.  While our main issue is internal, it’s quite obvious that we are spending money we don’t have in foreign affairs.

Whether it’s to protect human rights, or for something more divisive- like oil, we have been at war in the Middle East since 2001, spending money and sacrificing American lives.

At that point, we – as a nation, need to step back for a second and ask ourselves a question: is our relationship with Israel worth all we do for them?

Yes, they have become our greatest ally. However, when it comes to affairs in the Middle East, it is very clear that we are Israel’s puppet.  I’m not saying to completely alienate the nation, quite the opposite.  I am Jewish and I have quite a lot of sympathy for the Israelis.  I feel that Israel needs our support more than ever, and we should be happy to lend them a hand, but the fact that Israel is trying its best to push the U.S. into yet another war is madness.  The line must be drawn here.  We are currently spending more money for the sole purpose of protecting Israel than we should be, and we would be spending even more if Israel succeeds in getting us to attack Iran.

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel is a belligerent monster that used the Holocaust as sensational political motivation for an attack on Iran.  He has been playing with the heartstrings of the Jewish citizens for this entire time.

Thankfully, the US has stood firmly against a potential Israeli-strike on Iran.

One could argue that if we don’t help them, then they will fall.  But Israel has become a very developed nation.  Besides, what is the worst that can happen?  Nuclear warfare?  Sure, but most of the time nuclear capabilities are used as more of a threat than anything.  Its very existence in a country generally decides geopolitical issues.

People continue to say that Iran is four years closer to a nuclear weapon.  In fact, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said this on Oct. 23’s debate.  This means absolutely nothing.  By using that system of measurement, I could just as easily say that I am 4 years closer to owning a time machine, simply because 4 years have passed.  Every country in the world is 4 years closer to having a nuclear weapon, should we declare war on them as well?  Sure, we could potentially just use an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, instead of an all out war, but that would only set their program back by 1 or 2 years.  So, the only way that the Iranian’s program could be legitimately stifled is by the use of a full-scale invasion, which, like I said, is not a viable option.

Even if Iran is on the verge of having Nuclear power, the likelihood that they will actually use them on Israel is very small, as they know how detrimental it would be to their country; Iran isn’t stupid.

So then one has to wonder why Israel wants to attack Iran.  I, personally, assert the opinion that Netanyahu simply wants more presence in the Middle East.  He isn’t satisfied with Israel’s position in the region, and a way to gain headway would be to declare war on one of the fastest growing nations.

But, they can’t do it alone, and Netanyahu knows that.  A strike on Iran would require the backing of the U.S.

In fear of Iran’s growing power, countries have established sanctions on Iran, effectively crippling their economy, yet they have hardly changed their nuclear regime.  Not yet, at least.

The Obama Administration most likely wants to wait for these sanctions to take complete place before even considering a war, especially since it’s election season, and any risky move could send their campaign into the ground.

With these sanctions in place, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran is hard-pressed to support his chaotic subsidy-filled regime.

By effect, this will slow down Iranian’s nuclear advancements quite considerably.

Ultimately, there is no reason to rush to an attack on Iran.  Could one eventually be necessary?  Certainly, but it should be as a last resort.  I maintain the idea that it would be more beneficial to wait to see the results of the sanctions, rather than rush to a war that we don’t want to get into simply to protect an ally that has had us on their leash.

 Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Parkway School District.

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