A terrible scenario in the Middle East is becoming clearer and clearer. The radical, and rabidly anit-Israel, states are near the point of no return in developing serious weapons capabilities. This mostly applies to Syria and Iran, but these two nations may have armed the terrorist groups Hamas (working within Israeli territory) and Hezbollah (working in south Lebanon) with hundreds of scuds and tens of thousands of other missiles. These could decimate or at least cause serious damage to Israeli cities in an attack.
Remember, Israel is smaller than New Jersey. It's like living in San Jose and the people of Palo Alto have missiles aimed at you. (More on this here.)
So, unfortunately, Western nations have turned a blind eye to this situation, and Israel now stands alone to confront terror at its borders and beyond, in the case of Iran.
And it would seem that keeping the peace is fraught with complexity, but the case for war is simple: there is no way Israel can afford to let terrorists states acquire terrible weapons and give them to their terrorist, stateless proxies.
Peace movements are great - but only when there are two reasonable sides in a conflict. When one side simply wants the other dead and gone there is no peace movement or treaty that will do anything about that.
The brilliant Caroline Glick, at the Jerusalem Post: Time to plan for war
"The repeated abdication of responsibility by the Obama administration from preventing nuclear non-proliferation leaves it on Israel's shoulders."
"...diplomacy is no longer a relevant tool for preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Appeasement has failed. Sanctions are dead in the water in the Security Council."
"THE US abdication of its responsibility as the leader of the free world to prevent the most dangerous regimes from acquiring the most dangerous weapons means that the responsibility for preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons has fallen on Israel’s shoulders. Only Israel has the means and the will to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power."
"Syria and Iran have armed Hizbullah with some 40,000 missiles and rockets, including hundreds of Scud missiles and guided surface-to-surface solid fuel M600 missiles with a 250 km. range. This week, Hizbullah threatened to attack Israel with non-conventional weapons. Syria itself has a formidable chemical and biological arsenal as well as a massive artillery and missile force at its disposal."
"These are dangerous times. Iran, which seeks to position itself as a regional superpower, has been emboldened by the Obama administration’s abdication of US global leadership. Only Israel can prevent Iran from endangering the world. But time is of the essence."