A Quiet Cancer on the Globe
It gets kind of redundant, doesn’t it? The world bangs a desk over Iran. Iran replies with a zerbert. The news cycle moves on.
Missile tests? Eh. Just inconsequential bluster. Iran’s awfully far away. Really, at worst, we have this:
Iran’s last known missile tests were in May when it fired its longest-range solid-fuel missile, Sajjil-2. Tehran said the two-stage surface-to-surface missile has a range of about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers – capable of striking Israel, U.S. Mideast bases and Europe.
Building ties with a dictator who delights in subtly mocking his new friend, the President of the United States? Eh. Unconfirmed. And anyway, nations can interact economically and otherwise without it being a matter of American interest.
HERE’S AN ISSUE that is drawing growing attention in Washington, but is going almost unnoticed in Latin America — allegations that Venezuela is helping Iran develop nuclear weapons, and that Iran’s fundamentalist regime is setting up a foothold in Latin America from which to threaten the United States.
While there has been speculation about Venezuela’s ties to Iran’s nuclear program in the past, it has risen to a new level since a Sept. 8 speech by New York district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau at the Brookings Institute in Washington.
Florida, I’d note, isn’t that much farther from Venezuela than Israel is from Iraq, as the missile flies. Taking on the Great and Little Satans requires a lot of small steps undertaken as quietly as possible over years. And each step, well, it’s hardly anything. Right?