Iran’s intent to acquire nuclear technology has a lot of people riled up, but I fear they are overlooking a bigger threat. There are many revolutions taking place throughout the European and Arab nations. Italy, Greece, Spain, and France are all under extreme financial distress, probably on the verge of collapse in which new governments will form. Same holds true of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and possibly Syria. Russia seems to be slipping back into a dictatorship with the re-election of Vladamir Putin, and with all that’s happening in the world, are we really focused on what’s most important? Is Iran’s nuclear ambition really the #1 threat we should be concerned about?
What about the return of Communism and Fascism? Over the last 100 years, which has been more dangerous? Nuclear weapons, Communism or Fascism? Which should we be most worried about? Are we focused on the right threat? Are the old communist parties of Europe about to reemerge? Do people really know the difference between what they read in a book and what history has shown us when it comes to Communism and Fascism?
Starting in about 1900, there were quite a few communistic (with a twist of Marxism) and Fascist regimes throughout the world. Most people think of Adolf Hitler in Germany as being the most notorious and brutal killer. After all, nearly every person in the world knows the name Hitler. Likewise, most people know about the United States dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But how many people know about Bonito Mussolini, Pol Pot, or Kim Il Sung? Or what about Mao Tse-Tsung?
Nuclear weapons have been sold as one of the worst acts of killing ever. Many people are afraid of them, and rightly so. But far more people have been killed by Communism and Fascism, and yet so many seem to embrace these government ideologies. The question is, which is most dangerous and which should we be most afraid of?
When the United States dropped “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” on Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945, unimaginable carnage ensued. The devastation was horrific, in that both cities were completely leveled. Although the data is based on estimates, the following are the accepted death tolls as a result of those two nuclear detonations:
In total, about 261,00 people were killed as a direct result of the atomic bombs. There is no question that tens of thousands also suffered other life-altering illnesses as a result of the nuclear detonations, but there is no accurate data to track this information.
Since then, the following countries have developed their own nuclear arsenal: China, Russia, France, Great Britain, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, and India. If Iran succeeds in developing a nuclear weapons it would be the latest member to join the notorious elite nuclear club. An important note; not a single country has ever used a nuclear weapon to attack another country, or its own people since 1945. That’s not to say it won’t happen, but as of today, it hasn’t.
Let’s examine Fascism next. We’ll only include the people who were killed as a direct result of the fascist ideology, excluding those how died fighting in the various wars during this time. These death numbers are also estimates and are highly disputed given the horrific nature of the events which transpired and the lack of record keeping. Both of the below Fascist regimes were in power around the same time the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.
In total, approximately 8,440,000 people died as a direct result of the fascist ideology; silence your enemies, eliminate your political opponents, “ethnically cleanse” the unfit, impoverished, and the “unclean”. After Googling a bit, I think the number is probably closer to 12,000,000 or more, but it was hard to break it down the way I did. As sad as this may sound, it really doesn’t matter, because the communistic regimes hold the despicably notorious honor of killing the most people:
It total, it’s estimated over the last 100 years alone, Communism in its various forms has resulted in the deaths of over 150,000,000 people. Pol Pot wiped out over 20% of the Cambodian population while he was in power.
This brings me to my final point. Why are the People of America so concerned about Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon? Yes, it can inflict immense damage and destroy an entire city, but as history has shown us, countries just don’t lob nuclear weapons all over the place. That just doesn’t happened. Even when two countries who despise one another and have nuclear weapons aimed at one another, have never used them. It’s mutually assured destruction. You can’t win a nuclear war. Now, that’s not to say we shouldn’t be concerned, but communism seems to re-emerge from time to time. It is embraced by far too many people. Sadly, a good chunk of the people who want communism would be the first eliminated, historically speaking (homeless, disabled, handicapped, high cost to society due to illness or disease). Another chunk, the unemployed, would be put in low income remedial jobs which better the collective whole.
… and it’s knocking on our door. This is what we should be worried about. Not only America, but Europe as well. Europe already has a checkered past when it comes to brutal regimes and still has communist parties well entrenched within their political fabrics.
Here in America, we have White House officials quoting Mao Tse-tung as one of their favorite philosophers, an ornament on the White House Christmas tree with a picture of Mao Tse-tung, Rick Bookstaber, who currently serves on President Obama’s Financial Stability Oversight Council siting Karl Marx (Founder of Communism), the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton bribing Kenya to include legalized abortion (a form of eugenics) into their Constitution or else revocation of financial aid, the unconditional support and bailout of major labor unions, the attacks on the wealthy capitalists, a complete government takeover of all student loans, a president who determines what fair is and attacks those who he thinks are not paying their fair share,
Heck, I’m more afraid Communism is knocking on our door. Not a nuclear weapon from Iran.