Tuesday, March 15, 2005

High Ground

At dinner tonight, my dinner partner asked me what was wrong?

"Nothing", I said.

"You look like something is wrong", she said.

"I am sad".

Not little sad, or me sad,

but big sad.

Why ?, she asked.

I told her that somewhere I had read

that the geographic State of Israel,

had given its military the authority to attack

the geographic State of Iran.

Here is the story in the Guardian.

Israel will attack Iran 'only as last resort'
Ewen MacAskill, diplomatic editor
Monday March 14, 2005
The Guardian

Israel will only take military action against Iran as "a very last resort" to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons, Ephraim Sneh, a member of the Israeli parliamentary defence and foreign affairs committee, said yesterday.

He was speaking after a report in the Sunday Times claimed that the inner cabinet of the prime minister, Ariel Sharon, last month gave "initial authorisation" for a combined air and ground attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.

Mr Sneh told Israel's Army Radio: "The Iranian threat is an existential threat to the state of Israel. Military action is the very last resort.

"We have to ensure that other steps, diplomatic steps, are carried out first. Here the United States plays a leading role and I hope it will fulfil it."

The Israeli vice-prime minister, Shimon Peres, when asked before yesterday's cabinet meeting if Israel planned a strike against Iran, replied: "I don't think so."

The Israeli foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, warned in London last month that time was running out and Iran could have a uranium enrichment capability - the key to building a nuclear weapon - within six months. The US and European assessments are that it will take Iran longer than this.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is purely for civilian purposes.

Now add that story to this story:

Cheney Warns of Iran As a Nuclear Threat

Vice President: 'We Don't Want a War'
By Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 21, 2005;

Vice President Cheney said yesterday that Iran is a top threat to world peace and Middle East stability, accusing Tehran of sponsoring terrorism against Americans and building a "fairly robust new nuclear program."

In an interview aired on MSNBC's "Imus in the Morning" show a few hours before President Bush's inaugural address, Cheney warned that Israel "might well decide to act first" militarily to eliminate Iran's nuclear capabilities if the United States and its allies fail to solve the standoff with Tehran diplomatically.

And you can see why I had that funny look tonight.

That big sad, not me sad look.

It's deja vu all over again.

Why do some geographic states get to have weapons of mass destruction

and others don't?

Is it their God given right?

And if it is, then it has a God required duty,

that it maintain the High Ground.

If a state chooses to keep the military high ground,

It must also maintain the moral high ground,

and the spiritual high ground.

For if it does not.

It invites calamity.

I am headed for my spiritual High Ground.

Maybe someday you will join us.

For now, be secure in knowing.

That it is there.

And that you are welcome.

I'll be on the road tomorrow.

with my family.



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