Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has called for a naval blockade of Iran.
Levin has a history of endorsing radical policies and military action, while attempting to distance himself from their ramifications. He was a co-sponsor of the National Defense Authorization Act, and voted in favor of the bill, all the while decrying the provisions allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens.
In an interview with CSPAN on Friday, March 9th, Levin said “I think (these are) options that whoever is willing to participate should explore, including Israel and including the United States.”
Levin believes that a blockade should be attempted before we reach the point of outright military action. What he fails to mention, of course, is that a naval blockade has historically been interpreted as an act of war, with the Encyclopedia Brittanica defining it as “an act of war by which a belligerent prevents access to or departure from a defined part of the enemy’s coasts.”
The European Union officially adopted an oil embargo on Iran back in January of this year, in an effort to choke off the nation’s economy. Iran responded by threatening to close the Straits of Hormuz.
Meanwhile, prominent Republicans, including current Presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have openly advocated the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and other covert activities aimed at destabilizing the regime.
Israel, it seems, has gone further, actively working with terrorist groups within Iran to murder individuals believed to be involved in the production of nuclear technology.
- The United States, with bases in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman and Turkey, surrounds Iran on all sides.
- Israel, currently demonizing Iran’s fledgling nuclear program, had over 400 nuclear and hydrogen weapons as of 1997, and is openly engaging in terrorist activity to ensure it remains the sole nuclear state in the Middle East.
- The European Union has agreed to a crippling oil embargo aimed at strangling the country’s economy.
But IRAN is the threat to peace.