Back when nuclear weapons were an elite club of five relatively sane world powers, your average Western progressive was convinced the planet was about to go ka-boom any minute. The mushroom cloud was one of the most familiar images in the culture, a recurring feature of novels and album covers and movie posters. There were bestselling dystopian picture books for children, in which the handful of survivors spent their last days walking in a nuclear winter wonderland. Now a state openly committed to the annihilation of a neighboring nation has nukes, and we shrug: Can’t be helped. Just the way things are. One hears sophisticated arguments that perhaps the best thing is to let everyone get ’em, and then no one will use them. And if Iran’s head of state happens to threaten to wipe Israel off the map, we should understand that this is a rhetorical stylistic device that’s part of the Persian oral narrative tradition, and it would be a grossly Eurocentric misinterpretation to take it literally.
Facing Down Iran
[It is my belief we will “wake up” when Israel or an major U.S. city gets hit with a surprise nuclear attack. And although the “progressives” will whine about “it must have been our fault” we will finally take appropriate action. The question is how many 100’s of millions, on both sides, will die due us waiting so long? Thanks to my brother Doug for sending me the quote and the link.–Joe]