For years the unsettling violence and unpredictable nature of the Middle East has been concerning. Lately the tension between Israel and Iran has me concerned.
Though threatening words is nothing new – what is different now is the nuclear particulars. I am concerned that Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon. I am also concerned that Israel will strike in an effort to prevent Iran from having the capability of either developing the nuclear weapon – or using one.
Writing this I know I will receive comments telling me that Iran is not even close to having the nuclear option. I will also receive comments/emails that are anti-Israel. What I am focusing on is not the politics and religious beliefs of the situation – but that I truely believe it is just a matter of time before the powder keg explodes.
It may be within the year, it may be a decade away. It is just a matter of time before the Middle East erupts into violence to a level never seen before. I just do not see Israel sitting back and allowing Iran to possess a nuclear weapon. From their viewpoint it is a matter of self preservation.
One might say – “So what? Let ’em blow themselves up!” . Well – a severe conflict in the Middle East would have drastic effects here in the United States. The immediate effect would be a drastic overnight increase in fuel prices. Think gas is expensive now? This rise in fuel prices would have an inflationary effect on anything and everything that is transported on the roads or in the skies. The effect on the economy would be devastating.
Like I said – it may be a year or a decade. Regardless – I do believe it is just a matter of time.
What do you think?