As Iran continues to advance their nuclear programs, the rest of the world is forced to sit and wait for them to act before having the ability to deter the threat of a nuclear bomb. This is due to the UN charter’s “idea” that sovereign states must act collectively when dealing with international issues. However, remaining neutral is not an option for all countries. The International Atomic Energy Agency has found evidence of Iran’s progress in creating nuclear arms which has led Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address the UN General Assembly. Acting like a hawk waiting to strike its prey, Netanyahu has made a peremptory statement that Israel will not wait for Iran to finish their nuclear arsenal and that Israel will take action if the UN Security Council doesn’t do more, thus demanding global nations to draw a “Red Line.”
Netanyahu mentions this “Red Line strategy” as a tool to prevent war. Rules have been implemented in the NATO charter with the purpose of deterring countries from going to war as seen with Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War when the U.S. stepped in and kept him from invading Kuwait. Additionally, it can be seen when JFK put sanctions on Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is said that an attack on one member state of the UN is an attack on <em>all</em> member states. Although Iran may not care if they start a nuclear war, most of the remaining sovereign states have strong feelings towards this matter and will act hopefully not based on strategic self-interests but as an international deterrent.
After reading Netanyahu’s speech to the General Assembly, I found it extremely interesting how he speaks of Israeli values, technology sustainability and their actions of global aid. He speaks as if Israel wants nothing but peace and prosperity for all of mankind no matter what religion, sex or race one is. What I find interesting is how the American media twists the Middle East situation to make individuals belief Israel is set out for the destruction of another country and its innocent citizens. Journalist Israel Asher reports,
<blockquote>”Much of the world media have been taken captive by their own biases, or victimized by their own ignorance…Dishonest reporting tells you that it’s about territory… Honest reporting would tell you that it is a war to destroy Israel.The central, and conveniently ignored, fact is that the current warfare is merely the latest chapter in a war against the Jewish people.”</blockquote>
Although I neither agree or disagree with these comments, think about the reality of the situation from both perspectives; the constant struggle for land and water, families who are threatened daily and the idea that one bomb could lead to the decimation of civilization. Would you live life in fear or be brave for your family and country? Realize that this is the reality of people living in the Middle East.
Asper, I. (n.d.). Dishonest Reporting: Media Bias Against Israel. The Jewish Website – aish.com. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.aish.com/jw/mo/48932327.html
Luciano, M. (n.d.). Netanyahu Speech at UN General Assembly: Full Transcript and Video. Netanyahu Speech at UN General Assembly: Full Transcript and Video. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.policymic.com/articles/15409/netanyahu-speech-at-un-general-assembly-full-transcript-and-video