In early 2003 Colin Powell told the UN and the world in his now infamous WMD presentation that economic sanctions were not working to deter Iraq from persuing the development of “weapons of mass destruction.” Most Americans bought his presentation as factual, and now, nine years and 3.5 trillion in military war debt later, Americans are faced with the same damning double edged sword regarding Iran and their nuclear ambitions. We are damned if we do something, and Israel may be damned if we don’t. It’s a miserable moment of deja vu for America.
Small hopeful news today, as reports indicate that economic sanctions applied by the US, UK, France and other European nations against Iran are finally having an effect on their currency. Today on October 4th 2012 one dollar equals 33,000 Iranian Rials.
I have great compassion for Iranian young people [ 60% of Iranians are under the age of 30], and it’s not at all pleasant to report on this blog that the actions of your own nation are helping to cause the utter collapse of a currency in another. But I wonder, how many young Iranians really want to bomb Israel into nuclear dust? What’s the real percentage of the Iranian population that actually shares President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s unstable beserker fury toward the nation of Israel?
The video below was taken yesterday by a “man on the street” in Iran who clearly feared being seen trying to video record the angry crowds and the riot police.
Riot police clashed with demonstrators and arrested money changers in Tehran on Wednesday in disturbances over the collapse of the Iranian currency, which has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a week.
If it presently takes the ultimate arm twisting of sanctioning Iran’s currency into worthless shreds to keep the peace and prevent nuclear war now, what will it take later, when Iranians are fighting each other in the streets over bread? Won’t Iranian economic sanctions ultimately achieve the same boiling point of fury in the Iranian people to ignite even more hatred of Israel as the imagined source of all their new fiscal sorrows?
I see no defusing this age old hatred. Only a sudden massive spiritual change of heart about killing your Mideast neighbor, or any neighbor could pour enough water on the fire in the Mideast to change the future and avert World War Three.
But we are not living in a period where sudden spiritual changes of heart take place in a population. No matter what Iranians really think and believe about war with Israel, the ignition switch that starts this conflict will spread like wildfire around the world within months. Has all wisdom now utterly fled the spiritual and secular leaders of the Iranian people?
Here is the $64,000 question. I pose this question to the Iranian people and their leaders, both spiritual and secular.
If you knew that a sudden authentic spiritual change of heart within yourself about the wisdom of killing your own Mideast neighbors could have a great enough impact to eventually avert World War Three from igniting, would you strive and pray to achieve that inner change of heart now, before it is too late? Or have you finally slipped past the point of recognizing that hatred war and death lead to more hatred war and death and that the escalating cycle of your war lust will lead to a global nuclear war?
Next: Are you wise enough to realize that global nuclear war will seriously jeopardize the survival of the human race?
In other words, is your sacred hatred to which you cling so dear to you that you would deem it wise to risk the literal survival of the human species in order to hold onto it and act on it by attacking Israel? If your present lack of wisdom, spiritual intelligence and visceral common sense has reached the lowest level of abject evacuation, if you have achieved the final void of all insight and the absence of all ability to ascertain how present actions can affect the future of the world for all time, then YES, sanctions are needed to dismantle your currency, cripple your secret war machine, and rewrite the post World War Three future wherein a pitiful few radioactive survivors lie in the streets gnawing each other until they finally succumb.
The eventual final world war that Iranian leaders think they are asking for by accelerating their secret nuclear program will be more astonishing and conclusive than many would dare imagine. It won’t necessarily last that long, as global wind patterns will carry the radioactivity of just a few nuclear detonations in the Mideast all around the planet within a few days, poisoning everything as months pass. There will be no clean water to be found anywhere within a few months, and no land clean enough to grow crops. Famine, sudden and explosive, horrendous famine will be the first worldwide consequence of the foolishly planned “limited nuclear war” in the Mideast which Iranian war planners try to justify in their imaginations to sate their irrational hatred of Israel.
If breaking the back of the Iranian currency is our last peaceful option, if this is the very last card the West can play which might defuse the sparking tinderbox, then we need to exercise that option until it runs out, or until the Iranian people and their leaders DO garner a genuine spiritual and peaceful change of heart about their plans to obliterate Israel and ignite a global nuclear war. Since the odds of the Iranian leaders having any sort of genuinely spiritual thought or change of heart are very poor indeed at this point, Americans like me now turn to the Iranian people, including the young people, to beg them to demand that their psychotic President cease and desist his planning for the start of World War Three in the Mideast.
I can only implore the Iranian people to awaken to the dire and dreadful path they are on now, if they continue to allow President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to make plans to attack Israel without realizing the eventual horrific and irreversible global consequences.
In the famous words of a well known rock singer from days gone by: “It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way.”