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All quiet on the Iranian front

November 1, 2012
Dennis Lamb, Chelsea , Times-Republican

I agree with the Republicans, especially Ron Paul, on many issues. Romney's selection of a team of military-industrial complex connected Cheney-ites for guidance in foreign affairs, several of whom led the charge into Iraq, causes me concern, however. To borrow a line from Tevye in the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, "God, - can't you choose someone else for a change!"

Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and NSA at different times, has publicly warned about the consequences of a strike on Iran. He could be a voice for reason among Romney's advisors. But Dan Senor, Eliot Cohen, Max Boot, Eric Edelman, William Kristol and Walid Phares are all unapologetic war hawks. John Bolton, who criticized the Bush administration for not being hawkish enough on Iran, expressed support for an Israeli nuclear attack on Iran in 2009. And with Bolton leading this flock of hawks, it appears likely Romney will indeed launch a "preemptive" attack against Iran if elected president as he essentially promised while in Israel and during his campaign in an attempt to win Jewish voters over from Obama.

But no war in history has ever gone according to plan. Wars - easy to get into, hard to get out of - by their nature tend to get out of control.

And a strike on Iran could give rise to a new source of terrorism in the United States. A young Iranian working as a waiter in a restaurant told me last spring that if war broke out between the U.S. and Iran, we would see terrorist attacks on American schools.

In Erich Remarque's 1929 novel about WWI, "All Quiet on the Western Front," Remarque has several German soldiers observing that the only ones with an interest in war are the industrialists and politicians. "I think it is more like a kind of fever," says one. "No one in particular wants it and then all at once there it is. We didn't want the war, the others say the same thing - and yet half the world is in it all the same."

All is quiet on the Iranian Front today. Let's keep it that way.



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