Saturday, July 18, 2015
THE DEAL WITH IRAN
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge on the topic opined. Opposing views are welcome but will probably be ignored. Mean-spirited comments will be deleted. As always, no name calling…that means you, you big stupid-head!
As a semi-conservative Republican, I should probably not like the deal to limit nuclear development in Iran.
First, the deal was negotiated by John Kerry and supported by President Obama. I distrust both.
Secondly I do not see how we can trust Iran given their hateful rhetoric for the last forty plus years.
Finally let me say I have no knowledge whatsoever about the agreement other than what I have read, I am not an expert on the Middle East, and I really do not understand the economic impact of this agreement.
So, am I in favor of this agreement? Given that last paragraph, why do you care? Here is my opinion anyway:
I think the agreement will certainly make it more difficult for Iran to develop an atomic bomb; that is a good thing. If it does not make it more difficult to develop an atomic weapon I believe we will still have the most unpleasant and undesirable option of bombing the crap out of their reactors that we have today...and that is all we have today.
I suppose you could make the argument that releasing billions of dollars to Iran by ending sanctions will make it easier for them to develop a bomb. Maybe, but I think that Iran could find a way to finance atomic development if they want, and destroying their economy with economic sanctions might only make them more intent to build and use one.
I read where many people think we should have continued sanctions, brought Iran to its knees and forced them to agree to whatever we demand. To me that sounds like a recipe for contempt, hatred, and a desire for revenge.
If you corner a defenseless animal, you will be scratched or bitten. If you humiliate and beat down a country, that country will also scratch or bite when given no other choice.
The people of Iran broke out in celebration at this agreement; hundreds of thousands of people were dancing in the streets. Were they happy because now they could build a bomb and kill millions of people? Maybe; I think a little more of humanity than to believe that. Maybe the people in Iran were celebrating expected improvement in their economic conditions that will follow this agreement.
This seems to me to be a good thing. Poverty does not make people compliant. People with no hope are dangerous people. Affluence seldom leads to rape, plunder and war. Affluence and hope for the future leads to industriousness and productivity, education and modernity, it creates people that are too busy to hate, and too busy to make war and risk what they have.
This agreement is not the best we could have achieved but it is probably better than no agreement. If we listened to all the pundits we would never have an agreement…ever…with anybody.
Just once, let us look at this agreement without trying to make political points. I still don’t respect John Kerry, I still do not think President Obama is a great President, but I do not think this agreement makes us any more vulnerable to a dangerous Iran. Maybe it will delay or stop their nuclear development, maybe it will help move the Iranian people to be less antagonistic.
What do we really have to lose with this agreement?
Hell, what have we done in the Middle East in the last 75 years that has ever improved conditions and reduced cultural animosities?
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.