When the fall of the Berlin Wall came upon us optimists felt an ushering of a new era of peace was upon us. The mighty Soviets have been thwarted not by the sword, but by the pen and soon our world seemed more stable. There were skeptics, but the prevailing concious in the US felt a sense of hope, one that hasn't been in our hearts since that fateful day Japan surrendered.
I believe it was Daddy Bush's Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger who told us that one day we would miss the Cold War. Media pundits scoffed at such remarks dismissing him as a fatalist.
At the time many people who followed foreign affairs did believe there still were powder kegs in our unstable planet such as Israel and Taiwan. Who knew that the real powder keg of our young century could be Iran?
The UN may vote this week to approve sanctions and possible military action against Iran if they choose to go ahead with their uranium enrichment plan. China and Russia have stated they would veto any possible action against the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Tehran has made it no secret that they are ready and willing to go to war for their right to have and maintain nuclear power and if any decree by the UN is handed down to them they won't abide by it. We know our President doesn't feel the need for UN backing in military action.
I do miss the Cold War sometimes. I'd never thought I'd say it.
"The entire Islamic world condemned Iran. Nowadays, because of the unwarranted invasion of Iraq by Bush and Blair, which was a completely unjust adventure based on misleading statements, and the lack of any effort to resolve the Palestinian issue, there is massive Islamic condemnation of the United States." - Jimmy Carter
Iran threatens to pull out of nuclear treaty