Sunday, July 5, 2009


What in the world is VP Joe Biden up to when he says that the U.S. government will not object if Israel decides to attack Iran? Does he speak for Pres. Barack Obama? Is this the official government position? I hope not.

The BBC reports:

"Asked whether the US would stand in the way if the Israelis decided to launch a military attack against Iranian nuclear facilities, Mr Biden said Israel, like the US, had a right to "determine what is in its interests"."

My gripe is why Biden must come out and say these things. Israel under PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman might take Biden's statements as a green light to bomb Iran. These guys are itching to pull the trigger on Tehran for Ahmadinejad's statements that deny the holocaust and wish that Israel be wiped off the map.

Now the wish that Israel cease existing certainly is a strong unpleasant statement, but it does not justify starting another world war. After all, words are merely words, they are not aggressive actions. Iran has not invaded another country in the last 50 years, nor were Iranians the aggressors in the Iran/Iraq War in the 1980s. Many Iranians shout, "Death to America," but that does not justify an attack by the U.S. on those Iranians. That's what freedom of speech means, you can say almost anything you wish, and not have to fear that the listener will beat you up, or worse, kill you.

So Biden should shut up on this issue and make sure that he is not the catalyst for a destructive new war in the Middle East that will set back world peace for the next 500 years at least.

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