Weapons-grade uranium. There's an ominous ring to those words.
President Barack Obama's administration has said there is no proof Iran is working on developing a bomb. So, I guess Israel is wrong in feeling threatened by their friendly, eastern neighbor. Then, again, ignoring facts is such a left-wing thing.
But let's look at some of those facts:
1) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated that Israel (the Middle East cancer) and the Israelis (those descendants of monkeys and pigs) need to be exterminated. He has not done this in a closet; he has shouted this evil mantra repeatedly at international conferences, political meetings and public appearances. The last political leader who bellowed that the Jews should be wiped off the earth was Adolf Hitler. Should Israelis be concerned about that? Is connecting those two wicked men the wrong thing to do?
2) Although the United States sees no proof that Iran is developing a bomb, the latest United Nations findings state that the Iranians are enriching uranium. The U.N. is not Israeli-friendly. To have an organization that is so antagonistic to Israel's very existence report such a negative finding about one of her enemies adds credibility to the report.
3) Enriched uranium is not needed for a peaceful energy program. Enriching uranium is done for only one purpose: to develop an atomic weapon.
4) Iran has threatened Israel with a pre-emptive strike. Israel is a small country, about the size of Massachusetts. Three atomic weapons -- one on Eilat, one on Haifa, and one on Tel Aviv -- would kill over 80 percent of Israel's population.
5) Nearly 10 years ago, Israel was reported to have purchased three Dolphin-class submarines and to have modified them to carry American Harpoon cruise missiles with atomic warheads. Somewhere in the Mediterranean, at least three submarines (each with more firepower than all of the ordinance expended by every nation in World War II) await messages all hope never come. If Israel is ever hit with nuclear weapons, Iran will pay the ultimate price.
6) That should cause Ahmadinejad to go slow, but it doesn't. He is looking for a fight. Ahmadinejad belongs to a relatively small Muslim sect that is looking for the Mahdi's (the 12th imam's) return. Unlike the Christian Jesus, the Mahdi needs some help to come back. He will return only during an extensive, devastating confrontation. Ergo, an exchange of nuclear weapons which almost annihilates Iran's population will usher in his return. Let's get ready to rumble!
7) During the Cold War, both America and the Soviet Union were run by sane folks who really didn't desire World War III. Unfortunately, for the world, Iran's leaders aren't concerned about that.
8) Views determine each individual's and each nation's reality. If Israel sees what Iran is doing as threatening to her very existence, she must act. She will have no choice.
9) The world looks away.
10) Prior to World War II, the world's nations were run by cowards who knelt before Hitler's throne and kissed his ring.
11) The biggest thing we learn when we study history is that nations and people learn nothing from history.
Batten down the hatches, folks; you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Walt Osterman is the author of Not Home Yet: A Tale Concerning Israel's Rebirth. He served in Vietnam and is a Bronze Star recipient. He lives in Wyoming.