Over the weekend much has been made of a report by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker magazine which suggests that the United States is, at the very least, looking into the possibility of using thermonuclear weapons in a preemptive strike on Iran whom it claims is secretly developing nuclear weapons.

I don’t know about any of you but I find even the suggestion of using nuclear weapons thoroughly depressing. I understand it’s just one of the options that military planners are investigating, but I suppose it’s a clear indication of how serious President Bush is about militarizing the Iran situation, and that in itself in depressing enough.

The British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the idea was “completely nuts” and that Britain would not launch a preemptive strike on Iran.

I read a blog in which the author wrote “America must save the world, from itself, yet again.” I read sentences like that and my heart sinks a little.

I can’t help but feel like this is all shaping up into another ugly and unholy mess. I’m no more comfortable than anyone else about the fact Iran might have nuclear capabilities, but I’m also uncomfortable that it’s America that is throwing its Mcweight around here in that same ‘John Wayne – wild west’ swagger that assured us that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, honest he does!

Call me selfish, but I hope that if President Bush does order something as insane as a nuclear preemptive strike against Iran, then he does so alone and without the support or backing of my country. Not that I suppose it’ll make a big difference in the retaliation that will certainly follow.

Amid the nuclear tension of the 1980’s Sting recorded a song called “Russians” in which he said “We share the same biology, regardless of ideology, what might save us, me and you, is if the russians love their children too.” The obvious point being that if the Russians loved their children they wouldn’t want a nuclear war.

When I read these alarmist stories in the press I just hope those with their fingers on the trigger also spare a thought for their children too.

Washington Post : Not Just A Last Resort?
BBC : Iran attack debate raises nuclear prospect
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