The eastern world, it is exploding
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’
You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’
But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.
– Barry McGuire
I don’t pretend to be a military analyst. Indeed, as a not-that-old hippy, I still believe in peace and love and wish that nobody showed up for wars (See “what if there was a war and nobody came?”). But looking at what is going on in Iraq right now, and the vow by militant forces to take their rampage — and stone-age mentality — to the United States (see Globe & Mail article), I’m glad the United States has weapons of mass destruction.
How sad this is . . . but I’m glad the U.S. could nuke nations into oblivion if it comes down to that. Indeed, I bet a lot of Westerners take some comfort in that fact.
Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today? — BM
Even sadder, big blasts like that would kill more than terrorists, of course. A lot of innocent people would die, and that is probably why terrorist groups think the U.S. would never use an atom bomb-like device. But they would be mistaken, and they can only poke the giant for so long. (See Hiroshima) If it comes down to fighting for its survival, you can be sure the United States would fire everything it needs to eradicate the other side . . .
And you know that if groups like ISIL had the ability to nuke the United States, they would do it without second thought. I don’t know why they hate Westerners so much. But then, I don’t understand hate.
When human respect is disintegratin’
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’ — BM
And just where is God during all of this?
Silly question, eh . . .
Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace
And, tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
You don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction — BM