While we wait to be attacked so that we can claim some type of moral high ground, or wait until Iran develops nukes so that they may threaten the world with impunity, the Iranian government is acting procatively (a al George Bush) and killing American soldiers now. From Gateway Pundit, reports that Iran is supplying Iraq with deadly new bombs:
They are a very nasty piece of business, capable of penetrating U.S. troops' strongest armor. What the United States says links them to Iran are tell-tale manufacturing signatures — certain types of machine-shop welds and material indicating they are built by the same bomb factory.
U.S. officials say roadside bomb attacks against American forces in Iraq have become much more deadly as more and more of the Iran-designed and Iran-produced bombs have been smuggled in from the country since last October. "I think the evidence is strong that the Iranian government is making these IEDs, and the Iranian government is sending them across the border and they are killing U.S. troops once they get there," says Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism chief and an ABC News consultant. "I think it's very hard to escape the conclusion that, in all probability, the Iranian government is knowingly killing U.S. troops."
Meanwhile, Dick Cheney speaks:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran will not be allowed to have nuclear weapons and faces "meaningful consequences" if it persists in defying the international community, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Tuesday.
Cheney, speaking to the pro- Israel lobbying group AIPAC, also reaffirmed that the United States was keeping all options on the table -- including military force -- in its determination to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms.
"The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences," Cheney said.
If he is talking about UN-approved sanctions as "consequences"; then we should count ourselves among the walking dead (or walking dhimmis). Iran already has a war plan; and is testing it out in Iraq; and we wait for Russian and Chinese approval before even going to the Security Council. Great...
Meanwhile, the Israelis are going to take things into their own hands:
JERUSALEM - Israel's defense minister advised the incoming Palestinian prime minister Tuesday to fear for his life if Hamas militants start attacking Israel again.
...Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz's warning to Hamas, recently elected to rule the Palestinian Authority, was the first to identify Hamas' prime minister-designate, Ismail Haniyeh, as a potential target for an Israeli pinpoint attack.
And speaking of Israeli targets - via LGF:
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he would free from prison the mastermind of an Israeli Cabinet minister’s assassination, but he would not be responsible for any Israeli actions against him.
Ahmed Saadat, head of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the group responsible for the October 2001 assassination of Cabinet minister Rehavam Zeevi, is imprisoned under international supervision in the West Bank town of Jericho. Israel has repeatedly warned the Palestinians that if Saadat is freed, they will get their hands on him.
I have the feeling "Get their hands on him" is a euphamism...
So we are fighting in Iraq, Iran is building nukes and killing American soldiers, Israel has a new government on its border hell-bent on killing as many Jews as possible, and Syria is mixed up in trouble everywhere. Meanwhile, Muslims are rising up violently in Europe and demanding sharia law, and new American allies India are buttressing their front with Pakistan with new, sophisticated weaponry.
Sound like a world war to you yet? When do we engage more fully (especially with Iran)? Are we waiting for Teddy Kennedy and Jimmy Carter's permission as well?