Letters to the Editor

Iranian dilemma not just a war game

President Obama has vowed that Iran will not be allowed to have a nuclear bomb and that all options remain available should the Iranian government proceed with its plan.

Assuming the nuclear deal fails, it’s abundantly clear that Iran’s nuclear facilities would have to be destroyed, resulting in a war involving Israel and likely the Muslim countries surrounding Israel.

Given the horrific impact of this war on the U.S. economy and on its people, it would be far more tragic for Israel.

However, it’s incredible that hawkish members of Congress and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had taken the position of let’s get the dilemma settled now so that the United States and Israel can go about managing their affairs.

Someone must quickly tell Congress and Netanyahu that this war should not be viewed as an unveiling of a new Sony war game that ends when the combatants grow tired. Unless an atomic bomb is used against Iran, which would receive world condemnation, a conventional war would be long and costly.

Knowing the dreaded consequences of such a war, is it not prudent of our president to employ all means necessary to avert it? To merely strike Iran’s nuclear facilities will only result in engaging in a senseless struggle.

However, if Congress stands to declare war, its mission must be to destroy Iran’s will and capability to pursue a nuclear weapon.

The question should be asked: Why is America always faced with military dilemmas and lack of respect and fear from other countries and terrorists given its military might? Well, it may be because we fail to understand that any and all wars, if unavoidable, must result with the enemy’s unconditional surrender.

Otherwise, the enemy will rise again even more determined.

John Johnson II, Miramar