The stage at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday night resembled nothing short of a fighting ring, as Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu shot accusations at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. After prior speeches given by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Libya’s four-decades-long leader Muammar Gaddafi came the Israeli Prime Minister’s turn to respond; Netanyahu began by taking Ahmadinejad to task for his ongoing Holocaust denial, he pointed out that “Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants”. He then turned to blame and criticize those diplomatic counterparts who stayed and listened on the previous night to Ahmadinejad asking them, if they “have no shame, no decency”.
The Israeli Prime Minister, who won a name for himself during his time in office as Israel’s Minister of Finance, continued on to discuss the symbiotic bond between Iran and the worldwide terrorism network. He claimed that Iran is behaving barbarically while aspiring to drag the world back to the Middle Ages. Furthermore, the Prime Minister proclaimed that if Iran places its hands on nuclear weaponry, history could repeat itself. He went on to question the audience if they think that the Iranian regime threatens only Israel, which he answered himself by saying that what might be Iran’s plans for Israel could “end up engulfing many others”. These words and what Netanyahu presents later on in his speech are clearly equivalent to a call forth to the United Nations to take more firm steps regarding Iran, by hardening the sanctions, meaning an onslaught on Iranian financial resources.
Iran’s regime is a one “fueled by an extreme fundamentalism”, in his words and is fighting for more than a decade to develop their own nuclear energy. He asks how “can the most primitive fanaticism acquire the most deadly weapons”. He goes on to discuss the possible consequences of this “marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction“. His answer: another (unwelcomed of course) world war with plenty of bloodshed. While there was a time when it wasn’t clear to the global community and media, now it is quite clear that Iranian plans include efforts to harness the nuclear power for military purposes. The main issue is what would it be used for? Is it meant for the sake of the Islamic Republic’s power, that in time of the revolution they could use it or threaten some intimidating enemy? Or perhaps there is another purpose aside from the obvious one mentioned above: could this nuclear pursuit also lead to a new economic era for the once almighty historical Persian Empire?
It is clear that certain achievements have already been accomplished by Iran’s quest for nuclear power, such as wisely placing Iran on the worldwide media’s agenda and establishing Iran as a leading major force in the Islamic world. Iran will completes the bomb, its power will increase a significantly. This amount of power can lead to diplomatic and financial extortion, as was demonstrated by Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein, who threatened the entire region, making pretentious demands and finally invading some surrounding provinces and countries. It can also lead to an arms race, as it inflames the entire area. While some say that peace is profitable and more beneficial than war, that isn’t exactly the case with countries with militaristic ambitions and ideology. For them, the constant fiddling in war and war readiness is a financial blessing, bolstering their economy which reliant on military and defenses industries. When most fear from hearing an explosion, some welcome the familiar sound of “Ka-ching”.
Furthermore, once you have this knowledge of nuclear power and weaponry, you immediately enter a limited circle of specific knowledge and technology trading. When you have this power, the flow of scientists, engineers, weapons specialists in and out of your country becomes rapid. There is another increase as well, as your science and technological industries, researches and products become more influential than ever. Take the United States and Israel for instance, both have strong militaries (proportionally to their sizes) and invest heavily in military development and innovation and as a result are considered among the most technologically and economically influential and advanced countries in the world. It’s no wonder that Netanyahu pointed this out “my country is at the forefront of these advances – by leading innovations in science and technology, medicine and biology, agriculture and water, energy and the environment”.
Last but not least, through his entire speech Netanyahu kept on blaming Iran for being patrons of terror in the world, claiming the Republic to be “the world’s most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism”. He addressed the assembly and said that not enough is being done against this link of Iran, Money and terror. Attacking this link is a smart move on his behalf, because ever since the 9/11 attacks on the World’s Trade Center; terror funding became a sensitive issue as Americans found out it was Wahhabi oil money that financed the attack. He then claimed that Iran is also the patron of Gaza which is an “Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv“, the financial capital of Israel. Terror is also a profitable power, because marketing terror is easy: terror is easy to spread around, can have light costs and mega influences and one photograph can raise a lot of public and media support. The more support and the more hearts supporting the cause, the more money raised.
In conclusion, these days, modern warfare isn’t what it used to be. No one goes to war just to conquer the next hill; the modern war is first and foremost a financial one. It is a tradeoff actually; no nation begins a major offensive campaign without knowing what’s at stake and what’s to gain and the question always is whether it is cost-effective to fight? Only a fool will go ahead with no strong financial support. All we can hope is that the solution to this Middle East crisis will come as soon as possible and may it be a non-violent one backed up and led by the United Nations, instead of one-sided actions that can lead to regional instability and chaos.
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