Middle East specialist Leon Hadar says, "In a way, the Bush administration's policies have created the conditions in which such an American move becomes almost inevitable." By eliminating powers hostile to Iran in Afghanistan and Iraq, and by strengthening the hand of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah with our misguided support of Israel's Lebanese bombing, the administration has turned Iran into a regional hegemon. Moreover, after 2006, there will be virtually no political constraints keeping the Bushies at bay. In a quest to preserve a Middle Eastern legacy, Hadar foresees an attack of some sort.
Likewise, Charley Reese, one of our most astute journalists, sees darkness just over the horizon. "There are two currents of speculation flowing through Washington these days. One current says that the Bush administration is planning the bombing campaign, but only as a bluff to force the Iranians to negotiate. The other current says that the Bush administration actually plans to launch the attack.Unfortunately, I think the latter is the accurate one."
Reviewing some recent diplomatic efforts, physicist Gordon Prather concludes that Bush "intends to nuke" the Mullahs.
A less reliable source, Raw Story, reports that the Pentagon "has moved into second-stage contingency planning for a potential military strike on Iran."
But here is an establishment media outlet, Time magazine, reviewing recent events and concluding that war may be inescapable: "And yet from the State Department to the White House to the highest reaches of the military command, there is a growing sense that a showdown with Iran--over its suspected quest for nuclear weapons, its threats against Israel and its bid for dominance of the world's richest oil region--may be impossible to avoid. The chief of the U.S. Central Command (Centcom), General John Abizaid, has called a commanders conference for later this month in the Persian Gulf--sessions he holds at least quarterly--and Iran is on the agenda."
Don't worry, though. John Bolton says we're going the extra mile to ensure peace.
In other news...
The late atheist philosopher David Stove, who wrote Darwinian Fairytales, with the top ten reasons he wasn't a Darwinist.
Thinking biblically about economics.
Mohammedism as savagery. I haven't had anything to say about the Pope's recent remarks, but here is Albert Mohler with wise remarks on a number of fronts.
I may write at length about this later. For now, it's enough to say that these wacky Episcopalians are on the right track.
One in three of your countrymen still think Saddam is responsible for the Twin Towers. As Kent Brockman said, "I've said if before and I'll say it again. Democracy just doesn't work."