Is a perfect storm brewing in the world right now? (Note: This may seem like an incredibly boring and dry blog to some, but read on – there’s some interesting stuff here and a surprise at the end. I suppose you could just read the end, but then you wouldn’t understand why I’m saying what I’m saying! Plus, there is some good educational junk in this for people who don’t like to keep up with current events.) So, as we were saying…Is a perfect storm brewing in the world right now?
It’s been reported by the AP this morning that Iran has denied UN weapons inspectors access to their underground nuclear site – a violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. When’s the only time that you won’t let mom and dad in the room, kids? When you’ve got something you don’t want them to see! For those who don’t know, Iran started their nuclear program under the auspices that they were working toward developing nuke technology for the purpose of electricity (much as we use nuclear power plants in this country). The grade (purity) of uranium necessary for civilian purpose (i.e. electricity) differs from the grade neccesary for production of a nuclear warhead. However, the uranium enrichment process need only continue for a little longer to yield weapons-grade uranium. So you can see why the world is so scared about what Iran is doing. Reigning as one of the most incendiary countries in the world, they say they only need nuclear technology for “peaceful” purposes (electricity). Which is kind of funny considering the often-noted fact that they have some of the greatest oil reserves in the world. Seems goofy that they need nuclear technology for electriciy, huh? That most all countries in the world consider Iran a threat is a testimony to the danger they pose.
Terrorists. No doubt, they fight for what they believe in. And they desire to dominate. They are thought to be armed with resources and weapons by Syria and Iran. Amazingly, and cleverly, they are offering Lebanese citizens who have been displaced by the recent Israeli conflict about $12,500 per family to buy food and find a new place to live. Talk about goodwill!!! The money is thought to be financed from Iran. Imagine the sympathies Hezbollah is gaining by getting on the ground QUICKLY to help people. Who knows how many will be persuaded to a Hezbollah view of the world (or how many already are)?
These guys just keep on doing things to piss everyone in the world off. They fired 7 missiles last month in tests that were condemned by about every country in the world. The concern here is that North Korea, which is thought to have enough weapons-grade uranium for a number of nuclear warheads, will create a long-range missile capable of reaching the US mainland. Many of their smaller missiles are capable of reaching surrounding countries (South Korea, Japan, China), which is why those countries have taken such an interest in peace talks with North Korea. North Korea test-fired a missile with the range to reach the US in their tests last month; it disintegrated shortly after launch but the fact that they are acticely developing such a weapon proves their aggression. After test firing one of their previous missiles OVER THE JAPANESE ISLANDS last year, the North Koreans pose a clear danger to the world.
The trouble here continues. American generals on the ground in Iraq and many other observers say Iraq is on the verge of an all-out civil war between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the country. It doesn’t seem likely that our troop deployment to Iraq will end any time soon.
So the question I’ve been asking myself recently is this: What is the most likely scenario that will play out over the coming months/years? And this is NOT just an academic exercise, you know? Because the consequences of wars breaking out in many different places would affect us all!
Our military is streteched thin in simply dealing with Iraq. I’m not hating on anyone, I’m just stating a fact. What if a war breaks out with Iran or North Korea or the Israeli conflict intensifies beyond what we think it might, requiring US forces to be put on the ground in one of these locales? What would the government do? They would have to increase the fighting forces in our military! Now, an all-volunteer military is better than conscription/a draft. Motivated soldiers will almost always perform better than those who don’t want to be there (although I hear bullets moving past your head are a good motivator). I think our government would make an appeal to all people of fighting-age who want to VOLUNTEER for the armed services in order to protect the country from the threat of enemies abroad. And I don’t want to get into any arguments about: “Well, if Bush wouldn’t have invaded Iraq, we wouldn’t be in this situation.” We can’t go back, friends! Beside the fact that tons of people thought invading Iraq was the right thing at the time, we’re now stuck with the world we have and we must make the best of it we can. As the saying goes, there’s no use in crying over spilled milk. I wish we weren’t stuck in Iraq, but we are, so we’ve go to make it work.
What Would You Do?
If President Bush puts out a call for more military personnel to go to war, I’m almost certain that I would volunteer to go. Of course, the fact that I’ve suffered from depression (currently a non-waiveable medical condition…i.e. I would be DQ’ed from service) may mean I would be unable to go. So I may have to think of alternate ways to serve if war were to break out. What woud the Lord have me do? Think though: if our very fabric of life were threatened, I think many would volunteer to go (avoiding the need for a draft). What would YOU do if war broke out? Thinking of it now might save you some shock down the road. What if loved ones left to go to war? Do they know how you feel about them right now during peacetime? It only takes one night to change the world. Fort Sumter in the Civil War, the sinking of the Lusitania in World War I, Pearl Harbor in World War II. Life changed dramtically with a single event. I’m not meaning to be a drama-king…it’s just that the state of the world is ripe for more war. What would you do if that happened?
Imagine if Iran provoked the world to war and then, as part of their war strategy, Iran decided to use some of their weapons to attack oil tankers passing through the Persian Gulf (one of the new weapons they claim to have developed is a new surface-to-sea missile. Incidentally, the Israeli warboat that was hit by Hezbollah a few weeks ago, killing a number of Israeli sailors, was hit using an Iranian surface-to-sea missile). Simultaneously, to these attacks on foreign oil freight through the Gulf, Iran halts all oil exports to the rest of the world. Do you think our lives would change? It would spike oil prices in a way that we cannot imagine – crippling not only our personal gas consumption, but the ability of our industry to operate at profit. People of fighting age would be forced to war. All of our lives would be radically altered.
There are some ominous clouds on the horizon. The only question is whether they’re moving toward or away from us. Only time will tell. But I take comfort in one thing alone. The Lord sees and knows. My trust will remain in the Lord to win the battle for His name’s sake! “The body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still.” Jesus Christ is supreme against all enemies – foreign, domestic, or satanic. May He give us rest in Himself regardless of our circumstances and give us wisdom regardless of where we are in life.