Won’t you be my neighbor?

Imagine a submarine rising to the surface in the Gulf of Mexico. It starts to shell Galveston, and fire missiles toward Houston.

Imagine a freighter anchored near San Diego, which suddenly starts lobbing missiles toward Sea World.

Imagine a Lear Jet cruising the Great Lakes firing wing-mounted rockets into Niagara Falls.

What would be the chances that Mexico, or Canada, would come to the aid of the US in such a circumstance? If the obvious assumption were true, that it was an attack by a foreign country, I’m pretty sure they would send aid, troops, hardware, as their resources permitted. After all, the areas I mention are close to Mexico and Canada, and they would likely feel threatened by such actions too.

Is it any wonder then that Iran might be sending help (as they perceive help) to the Iraqi insurgents, many of whom by now are fighting no each other but the US occupation? Yet somehow this point seems to be missing from most current discussion of Iran/Iraq.

Glenn Greenwald has this dissection of the latest stenography supporting the Invade Iran™ position:

Every paragraph in this article — literally — does one of two things: (1) uncritically recites the U.S. military’s accusations against the Iranian government, and/or (2) offers assertions from Gordon himself designed to bolster those accusations (e.g., “There is also extensive intelligence that Iran has supplied Shiite militants with the most lethal type of roadside bomb in Iraq” and “In Washington, Bush Administration officials have generally held open the possibility that the Quds Force activities might have been carried out without the knowledge of Iran’s senior leaders”).

Seriously. What do these people think. Clearly the Weekly Standard neocons want an expanded war, for purportedly ideological, and privately profitable reasons, but Glenn points out the military leaders that want additional war. Never mind that there isn’t enough armor, there aren’t enough vehicles and munitions, and you know, troops, to take action now.

Still, it seems the best way to avoid being attacked by People Who Don’t Like You™ is to not attack them or their friends. That was pretty easy to figure out by about 3rd grade. For most people. Unless you really intend to steal their lunchbox, in which case they might fight back.

I’m not sure who is in charge of the military right now, but it looks like one of these two people:


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4 Responses to Won’t you be my neighbor?

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    There ain’t no James Bond. Another thing there ain’t is the kind of superpower bad guys that 007 movies might cause some to believe actually exist.

    One thing that’s hard to accept is that 9-11 may well have been the pinnacle for Al Qaida. There seems to be a tendency, at least within the Administration and the talk radio right wingers, to believe that that catastrophe was something other than Bin Laden’s best shot. Something like the opening salvo in the Bond movie where the international baddie then says “This is just to get your attention. If you don’t surrender I’ll destroy (fill in the blank).”

    Islamo terrorism, looked at from this perspective, is nothing like it would need to be for the present war on terrorism to make any sense. It’s a problem, and damage can and will be caused, just not any damage that is not manageable. There is no cavern under the North Pole from which death rays on the Moon can be controlled to do unlimited damage anywhere and everywhere on earth. Instead, there are some nearly uninhabitable caves in Waziristan from which a small handful of whackos are able to communicate with a few thousand like minded souls spread around the world. Worrisome? Yes. But far closer to a ragged band of thieves than potentially the end of western civilization.

    What’s this deal with suicide bombers who can’t figure out how to even kill themselves, let alone anyone else? We’re seeing a “terrorist movement” that consists of a handful of hardened professionals interspersed among bands of ardent amateurs. People who think that blowing themselves up is cool until the time comes to die and a lot who actually don’t want to go even that far. Tons of foot soldiers and few trained leaders.

    Osama Bin Laden is either dead or running scared, and we have a President who wants us to live in a perpetual state of fear and aggression. I can’t wait for this movie to end.

  2. It’s a fine mess we’re in Steve… and it just got messier today. Argh!

  3. rocco says:

    way to bury your head in the sand darrell tell the families of the 9/11 attack that terrorism is managable and not really going to happen again i would rather have a president who protects us than you who would hope nothing bad happens

  4. Darrell Prows says:

    rocco: Read it again, focus this time, and then tell me if you still think that is what I said.

    (And then you might also look for the intelligence assessments that say that the Bush approach to this situation has actually made our country less safe.)