Monday, June 28, 2010

War Is Manly

Today is Monday, 28 June 2010.

On this date in 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated in Sarajevo. Because of the complex system of alliances among the European great powers and lesser nations, which constituted the balance of power, and supposedly rendered major conflicts so unprofitable as to be unthinkable, the continent swiftly descended into what would become known as The Great War.

Fittingly, it is now confirmed that a second USA/USE supercarrier battle group, centred on the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman, has taken station in the northern Indian Ocean, near the entrance to the Persian Gulf, well within bombing range of Iran. The Truman joins the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower battle group.

Yesterday, CIA director Leon Panetta claimed that Iran has produced sufficient enriched uranium to manufacture two nuclear weapons, deployable in approximately two years. Reports have been common for the past month that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are preparing to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities. (Current estimates are that IDF possesses 100 to 300 nuclear weapons.)

Thus, a Tom Lehrer classic is called for:


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