Quote Of The Day: Iran And Niagra Falls

by John Hawkins | January 3, 2006 1:26 am

“When you are boating on the Niagara River, there are signs marking the point at which you must go ashore or else you will be sucked over the falls. With Iran moving toward the development of nuclear weapons, we are getting dangerously close to that fatal point of no return on the world stage.

Yet there are few signs of alarm in our public discourse, whether among politicians, the media, or the intelligentsia. There is much more discussion of whether government anti-terrorism agents should be able to look at the records of books borrowed from public libraries.

The Iranian government itself is giving us the clearest evidence of what a nuclear Iran would mean, with its fanatical hate-filled declarations about wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. But send not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.

…Of course they would like us to prevent Iran from going nuclear — if it can be done nicely by diplomacy, with the approval of the U.N., and in ways that do not offend “world opinion.”

It is as if we were on the Niagara River and wanted to go ashore before it was too late, but did not want to turn on the motors for fear of disturbing the neighbors with excessive noise.

But at that point, the choice is between being serious or being suicidal.

…Partly this is because most of our Western allies have been sheltered from the brutal realities of the international jungle for more than half a century under the American nuclear umbrella.

People insulated from dangers for generations can indulge themselves in the illusion that there are no dangers — as much of Western Europe has. This is part of the “world opinion” that makes us hesitant to take any decisive action to prevent a nightmare scenario of nuclear weapons in the hands of hate-filled fanatics.” — Thomas Sowell[1]

  1. Thomas Sowell: http://www.townhall.com/print/print_story.php?sid=180776&loc=/opinion/columns/thomassowell/2006/01/02/180776.html

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