Amid all the so-called scandals rocking the walls of state legislatures and the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., there is a current flowing that points to, in my estimation, the inevitability of war.
On May 20, the headlines included:
● Saudis who say they do not want war but will defend themselves against Iran;
● A drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline claimed by Yemeni rebels allied with Iran;
● A rocket exploded inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to the U.S. Embassy;
● State Department personnel were ordered to leave the embassy in Iraq amid escalating tensions between U.S. and Iran;
● Exxon Mobil also evacuated 50 employees from Iraq and flew them to Dubai;
● Iranian President Rowhani announced that his country would partially withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, as did the U.S. last year;
● A bomb hit a tourist bus near the Giza pyramids in Egypt;
● And last but not least, President Donald Trump warned Iran it will face ruin if Iran wants to fight with the U.S.
And behind the scenes, we have China, Russia and North Korea engaged in cyberattacks, testing nuclear-capable weapons, and generally posturing themselves as a not-afraid-of-anything bully on the playground.
Anytime you get all this testosterone in one place, a fight is bound to break out somewhere.
I am just finishing up my second reading of “Patton: Ordeal and Triumph” by Ladislas Farrago, upon which much of the movie starring George C. Scott in the title role is based.
At the conclusion of WWII, there were the same tensions brewing among those nations that eventually ended up in what was called the Cold War.
The Germans were fighting to the last with all they could muster. The Soviets were strategically attempting to gain ground in countries ripe for eventual takeover,
Patton was looking to the future and suggesting the start of an eventual struggle with the Soviets, while Eisenhower was trying to keep everyone’s tempers from flaring in his role as Supreme Commander.
Of course, we have not yet concluded the Iraqi War that began in 2003 after the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon two years earlier, but a bigger one may yet be on the horizon.
Troops still fight in Afghanistan and Iraq today, though not as many.
Buckle up your chinstraps, folks, because we ain’t seen nothing yet.
As close as we have come to mostly accidental nuclear confrontations and an occasional threat toward the real thing, it would not surprise me if someone’s finger got too close to the nuclear trigger in the near future, setting off an exchange that would be worse than anything left over from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
How near are we?
My guess is within two-three years, if not tomorrow.
I hate to be the Chicken Little warning about the sky falling, but believe me the sky will fall if people do not settle down and adopt a different approach to diplomacy than a threat to each other’s continued existence.
And, like the skies over the two Japanese cities and the aftermath at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union, the falling sky will contain snow-like flakes of death and disease the likes of which only a few have experienced.
I pray I am wrong, and we all learn to just get along, because that’s the way it oughtta be.
Alan Clark’s editorials are the opinions of the author only and do not represent the policies of this newspaper. Check out more of Clark’s columns via podcasts on iTunes and in his most recent book, “You Oughtta Know, Volume One: 2017-2018,” published by Lakeway Publishers, Inc.