The following excerpts are from a Newsweek magazine article published on January 23, 2006 and the
follow-up article published on January 25th. It was marked up and sent to us on by one of our more
faithful cooperators. They were originally called to our attention on the eve of the Feast
of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, just in time to publish it on that day.
Now, eleven years later the Countdown to Showdown is almost completed. When you read the quotes
below you will see that to the Iranian powder keg a more serious one has been added - the North
Korea powder keg. All else remains the same - living in denial and swamped by mostly modified news
reports which are enhanced by "an apparent desire for apocalypse in some quarters".
"If Armageddon happens, those who survive will look back and see the warnings - so many of them
- that were somehow lost from view in the numbing rush of 24/7 news. They will remember that Iran
pushed ahead with a nuclear program it claimed was peaceful, although no one (not even some of
those who defended its right to do so) really believed that was the case. People will recall the
growing sense of urgency as threats were leveled against the mullahs, sometimes from unexpected
quarters. Who had thought the French would be the first to say publicly they'd use limited nuclear
strikes to retaliate against terror attacks and protect access to vital natural resources? Who
could have mistaken Israel's seriousness when Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told a conference in
Herzliya that his country "must have the capability to defend itself, with all that that implies,
and this we are preparing"?
Originally published on July 16, 2006- Feast of Our Lady
of Mt Carmel - European Union
If all this sounds alarmist, well, it should. The risk of fatal errors grows every day. Add the
influence of messianic fanaticism in Tehran, Jerusalem and, yes, Washington--an apparent desire
for apocalypse in some quarters--and it's hard to have confidence in common-sense solutions
defusing this nuclear crisis. (Might the Vanished Imam figure in negotiations? Or the Second
Coming? One shudders to think.) It seems we can't even trust the self-consciously secular
rationalists of France. When President Jacques Chirac, 73, said last week that the alternatives of
"inaction or annihilation" were unsatisfactory, and a third way could be limited nuclear strikes,
he may have been playing to a domestic audience. Or he may have been dreaming about his legacy. He
might have been just an old man trying to prove he's still got some juice. But Chirac is a
commander-in-chief with the authority to launch some 300 warheads, and you shouldn't wave those
kinds of things around unless you're ready to use them.
So where do things go from here? As the historian Barbara Tuchman pointed out half a century
ago: "Men will not believe what does not fit in with their plans or suit their pre
arrangements." They will march off to wars as if the conflicts were divinely preordained instead
of badly misjudged; they will blame fate - or bad Countdownintelligence - instead of their own
stubborn ignorance. History is full of examples, the Iraq invasion of 2003 being only the most
recent. The question before us now is how to keep Iran from being the next."
Full articles at:
a Showdown - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com - Part I
and Part II
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