Nukes of Hazard (or: Fanatic Extremists + Massive Destructive Power = Always Bad)

August 12th, 2011

A follow-up to our earlier piece about mutually assured destruction, inspired by Ron Paul’s statement on Iranian nuclear power.

 

“Just think of how many nuclear weapons surround Iran. Why wouldn’t it be natural that they might want a weapon? Internationally they’d be given more respect… We just don’t mind our own business, that’s our problem.” – Ron Paul at Ames GOP debate on whetherIranshould be sanctioned for developing nuclear weapons

 

Ron Paul says he doesn’t mind if Iran gets nukes,

Which immediately subjected him to conservative rebukes.

He says theSoviet Union had them, and we survived,

So why can’t “Mutually Assured Destruction” just be revived?

 

First, that took us pretty close to worldwide immolation,

A risk we should try not to repeat, as a nation.

Second, the Soviets may have been bad,

But at least they weren’t stark raving mad.

 

The Iranians, because of their extreme dislike,

Might not be deterred by the risk of counterstrike.

(Counting on rational behavior is problematical

When your opponent is just a little bit fanatical.)

 

Iran’s “moderates” would use their new nuclear muscle

Their adversaries and neighbors to bully and hustle,

But some extremists might welcome the occasion

To martyr themselves to destroy the great Satan.

 

We’d never be sure who was who and who was in control,

Who was really nuts, and who was just acting that role.

That’s an unfortunate side effect of extremist zeal,

As was the case with the U.S. debt deal.

 

While some Repubs just used threat of default as a tactic,

Others suffered from anti-debt fervor which bordered on fanatic.

Some wanted to use the ceiling as part of a premeditated assault,

While others actually wanted to push the button on default.

 

The moral: whether you’re a nation

Or a political organization,

It’s risky to give fanatics such destructive power,

Especially if you want to remain a Superpower.

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Here’s Ron Paul’s 8/11/11 statement at the Ames GOP debate opposing sanctions on Iran to dissuade them from trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

And kudos (and a plug) to the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation for providing our titular inspiration. Click here for their “Nukes of Hazard” blog, or here for their Twitter feed. (The reference is of course to that classic 1979 TV series, The Dukes of Hazard.)

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