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With Iran test-firing missiles, a steady yet ready hand is required

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With Iran test-firing missiles a steady yet ready hand is required

There was an odd yet effective scene in the movie Pulp Fiction in which Butch (Bruce Willis) has Marcellus Wallace’s (Ving Rhames) submachine gun trained on Vincent Vega (John Travolta). The two men stared at each other for a beat before the toaster popped, startling Willis into firing at Vincent until his dead body collapsed in the bathtub. It’s unknown whether Butch would have shot Vincent even if the toaster didn’t go off, but the sudden loud noise made the decision for him. Vincent was… toast.

As reports come in that Iran has fired a medium-range ballistic missile 600-miles in a test of its weapons capabilities and to rattle their sabers in front of the western world, it may be an easy choice for the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Israel, or both to decide they’re done waiting around for Iran to kill someone. After all, that’s all they haven’t done recently. They’ve attacked ships and pipelines, seized foreign oil tankers, sent missiles to Hezbollah, and shot down an American drone. But nobody has been killed by their recent actions, which is likely the only reason missiles haven’t found their way to weapons facilities and military bases across the Middle Eastern state.

This is standard operating procedure for Iran. No other nation has been as adept at taking their aggression all the way to the brink of prompting military response without crossing the line as much as Iran. Their powerful military is still no match for either the United States or Israel, let alone both at the same time. And if the international community got involved, it would make Operation Desert Storm seem like a long-lasting series of hard-fought battles.

Iran wants to be attacked. To be more specific, they want to be able to say they were attacked while not being the aggressor in the situation. This is challenging for them after their recent actions, but never underestimate the gullibility of the United Nations or the international community as a whole when it comes to Muslim nations. After all, they see nothing wrong with nearly every member of the U.N. Economic and Social Council voting to denounce Israel for women’s rights violations, including notorious misogynistic nations like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

The world as a whole is unhinged from reality, and Iran is counting on that trend continuing.

At this point, America and our allies must be on our highest level of alert regarding Iran without allowing a knee-jerk reaction to overcome us. We were apparently minutes away from retaliating against Iran after they shot down our drone, but just before that happened the President came to his sense. Cooler heads prevailed then and they need to prevail now. Iran is pushing us with everything they can muster short of direct conflict. They haven’t engaged Americans directly or caused casualties. As long as that’s the case, it’s imperative we stay steady but ready.

One of two things will happen. Either Iran’s financial situation will crush them to the point they must negotiate, or they’ll push someone too far and get attacked. We need to hope for the former but be ready for the latter.

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