Serious questions are now being raised in some quarters about the President's grasp on reality after this statement:
"We've got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel," he said. "So I've told people that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."
Just exactly how do we make the leap from a discussion of a possibly nuclear-armed Iran to a world war? Am I missing something here? How does Iranian possession of the know-how (not the bombs themselves) to build a nuclear weapon constitute the basis for starting a world war?
Wikipedia defines the term "world war":
A world war is a war affecting the majority of the world's major nations. World wars usually span multiple continents, and are very bloody and destructive.
Let's assume the worst case scenario that Iran launches a suicidal attack on Israel with its nukes and Israel retaliates with dozens of nukes of its own. This kind of a war might draw in some neighboring countries like Syria and Lebanon but that would be about it. Possibly, the US would get involved on the side of Israel, but the Arab states would certainly remain neutral. Russia and China certainly wouldn't go out on a limb for the Iranians. The fighting would be localized just to the Middle East.
So how exactly do we get to a world war? Spokeshole Dana Perino disclaims the idea that Bush has plans to start World War III as reported by The Swamp:
"The president was not making any war plans,'' White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said today. "He was not making any declaration. He was making a point.''
But maybe Bush is fantasizing about the biblical "End Times" prophecy:
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. (2 Peter 3:10 NIV).
There are other Biblical prophecies that talk about Israel "blooming" again, Jerusalem being the center of conflict, and the "kings from the east" sending their armies across the Euphrates.
The question is whether Bush, as a devout evangelical Christian, believes these prophecies and sees the current events in the Middle East leading to their fruition? Does he truly believe that Iran's possession of the knowledge to build a bomb can lead to a sequence of events that triggers a catastrophic world war and Armageddon? By his own words, we have to believe he does.
Scary. Just scary.
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