Roger Chapin

With Iran pouring in rockets, missiles and reportedly chemical warheads to Hezbollah, the chances of a blood bath between Arabs and Jews increase daily. Nevertheless, there may very well be a way of at least forestalling if not preventing such a horrific disaster.

Israel and hopefully the U.S. should publicly warn Iran and Syria that any major attack on Israel by Hezbollah and/or Hamas or the use of any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons against Israel shall be deemed as an act of war by Iran and Syria and would trigger massive reprisals, possibly nuclear. And further, an intensive effort would be initiated to displace the Iranian regime. Given the very strong likelihood of an early Israeli preemptive strike on Iran’s fast developing nuclear weapons program, a massive Hezbollah attack to try and first cripple Israel becomes highly probable.

Rush Limbaugh

So if President Obama is really serious about preventing a major blow-up in the Middle East rather than merely playing to the Arab street, this is the time to demonstrate his so-called evenhandedness, for all parties would greatly benefit. And most importantly, ourselves.

Although the President is clearly unwilling to risk a mid-east blow-up by destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities, he will be precipitating just such an occurrence if he refuses to warn Iran as proposed.

And by such a refusal it will become even more evident that President Obama has a far greater allegiance to a world order in which cut throat dictators have an equal and unchallenged seat at the table than he does to an America that is the defender of freedom and democracy. If so, this would spell even more trouble for a seemingly impotent and hapless U.S. that is becoming not only a laughingstock, but ever more isolated in an increasingly unfriendly and dangerous world – a world reacting to the President’s total abdication of leadership.

One needs only recall when Germany was preparing the invasion of Poland to realize how history repeats itself. Had the western powers warned Hitler they would wholeheartedly retaliate against Germany, the war may have been forestalled and the west given more time to prepare. Now, once again, a meek and clueless White House is doing neither.

Roger Chapin

Roger Chapin has had a distinguished and varied career in both the nonprofit and entrepreneurial worlds.