Saturday, September 1, 2007

Imminent Threat

For over a year, evidence has been mounting that the leader of the world’s remaining superpower, the United States, is planning an attack that might include the use of nuclear weapons. Ironically, the goal of such an attack would be to deny the target country – Iran – access to nuclear technology. Observers fear that attempts by Iran to influence the future of Iraq may be used as part of a pretext for drawing it into the ongoing Iraq war. Complicating the situation is Iran’s strategic alliance with China and Russia, two nuclear-armed nations, in opposition to U.S. attempts to influence Central Asia, specifically the U.S. plan to deploy a missile defense shield over Eastern Europe. These events contribute to the threat of a third world war that could involve a nuclear exchange, and must therefore be watched very carefully.

In my ideal world, no nation or group would be allowed to gain enough power to pose such a threat. Such a policy would fly in the face with the popular yet incorrect belief that “might makes right.” If everyone’s agreed definition of “right” were as I define it (that which maximizes the longevity and welfare of our entire species) then all people would be working toward a common goal that would not include the maximizing of power by any individual or group.

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