Careening towards WWIII
Heather Wokusch posts an excellent analysis on the insanity of nuking Iran in the absence of a direct threat. I posted my thoughts on this at DetNews this morning but here's one of the better excerpts.
Consider that many in the US and Iran seek religious salvation through a Middle Eastern blowout. "End times" Christian fundamentalists believe a cataclysmic Armageddon will enable the Messiah to reappear and transport them to heaven, leaving behind Muslims and other non-believers to face plagues and violent death. Iran's new Shia Islam president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, subscribes to a competing version of the messianic comeback, whereby the skies turn to flames and blood flows in a final showdown of good and evil. The Hidden Imam returns, bringing world peace by establishing Islam as the global religion.The rage based reverent among us clamor to kill a spider by bombing the entire planet. If we allow this to occur, we'll all be left with no where to live.
Both the US and Iran have presidents who arguably see themselves as divinely chosen and who covet their own country's apocalypse-seeking fundamentalist voters. And into this tinderbox Bush proposes bringing nuclear weapons.