"They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace." ~ Tacitus 
"And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and destroy them,--But he turned and rebuked them, saying, 'You do not know your attitude." ~ Luke 9:54-55
One day, in the not too distant future, if there is a future, the golden glow rising from the Holy Land may not simply be the religious inspiration of the ages but the powerful effects of intolerance unleashed. A nuclear device, or series of nuclear strikes, might just render all the squabbles redundant, with no going back, the only words worth uttering a reiteration of those spoken by Robert Lewis, co-pilot of the Enola Gay, moments after dropping the first atomic bomb, "My God, what have we done?"
Recently, one of the columns  I wrote for STR generated considerable discussion in the forum . Not surprisingly, the original idea, of a shooting war breaking out in the Persian Gulf if Iran were attacked by the US or Israel in June (as Scott Ritter said), diverted into a rather predictable "Blame Israel"  exchange. One writer noted, however, that June nukes may indeed become airborne  and if that happens, Adios, Holy Land.
"For decades American taxpayers have unwittingly provided the Jewish State with enough free 'expendable' munitions to crush the Palestinian people in their own country," wrote Joe Vialls, "and the Harpoon missile is classed as an expendable munition. What this means is that Harpoon falls into the same generic category as rifle bullets and hand grenades, so Washington went ahead and gifted the Jewish State with more than fifty nuclear-capable Harpoons."
Certainly the average American taxpayer has long been duped into donating to the despots who rule the Middle East, not for any peaceful purposes really, as well as being held hostage by the policy-makers  in Washington, D.C. who readily handcuff his paycheck. But funding a nuclear war--never mind the huge armament giveaways--without input from you and me is the ultimate in taxation without representation.
"Rest assured that the American-Israeli Harpoons are nuclear, and the Zionists have every intention of using them on Tehran and Damascus if they think they can get away with it. Dangerous people do dangerous things in dangerous times, and there is nothing more dangerous that a pack of religious fanatics with their backs to the Mediterranean," added Vialls. 
You could sit back and say good riddance--let the nukes fly--a fitting farewell to the whole false concept of the Holy Land, where tribal, cultural, and religious wars have raged for some five or six thousand years in a series of vicious sieges, battles and massacres. Indeed, one website already discusses the the merits of a nuclear quick strike  on another holy city, Mecca. And I imagine jihadists have already discussed similar options so, the theory goes, we'd better hit them first.
Unfortunately, any eye-for-an-eye scenario would likely have the whole world choosing sides and targeting holy cities--Jerusalem not excluded. Here's the second act of a scenario envisioned by Vialls, after our Neocons predictably okay a first strike against the next likely target in their gunsights, Iran. The author presupposes that Iran will have obtained nukes from either China or Russia, although the Iranians, Russians and even Scott Ritter deny this.
"Flying faster than rifle bullets, the Sunburns (see photo) will approach Tel Aviv and Haifa at twice the speed of sound, detonating in blinding white 200 Kiloton flashes designed to instantly transform animal, vegetable and mineral into heat and light. If I was an Israeli general facing this doomsday response on my wife, my family and my synagogue, I would not launch any Harpoons at all, but then I am not a religious fanatic obsessed with killing Muslims and stealing their land. Unfortunately, reading the minds of certifiable lunatics is all but impossible, so the best I can suggest is that perhaps the Israelis will launch, and perhaps they will not."
Does the premise of destroying the Holy Land to save it sound ludicrous? Isn't that about as ludicrous as imposing democracy at the point of a gun, killing 120,000 Iraqis in the process , poisoning a landscape for countless future generations, and scattering depleted uranium over the former Garden of Eden ? Sorry, I don't see much difference in the mindset.
Power Corrupts , as the president's favorite philosopher, Jesus,  knew well. And absolute power corrupts absolutely, as we've known all along. Witness the attitude of the two disciples (above), James and John, who possessed absolute power for the very first time. How intoxicating must it have been to possess a quick strike, "fire from heaven" telepathic weapon? Obviously, the very first Christian knew the answer to that. Unfortunately, those who wield the real power today are about as loyal as Judas Iscariot  and as trustworthy as Cain.
An exchange of nukes over the so-called Holy Land is a distinct but a growing possibility. Our American Herods--the unholy coalition of Christians and Jews who resemble the Biblical Herod's  and command ALL aspects of US decision making power--make no pretense of friendly persuasion. Nor do they possess many diplomatic skills aside from Red Queen-style bluster.  Indeed, their credo welcomes "a new Pearl Harbor"  scenario of sneak attacks followed by counterattacks. What sort of provisions--or excuses--will they make once they've helped obliterate the birthplace of three major religions? Indeed, the nuclear fallout might be beyond even FEMA to repair. 
Just recently The Sunday Times of England reported that Israel had specific plans for a combined air and ground attack on Iranian nuclear sites, if diplomatic efforts failed to halt the development of Iran's nuclear program. Now suppose Vialls is right, and Russia has already supplied Iran with nuclear weapons capability? The result might look like this (photo) or maybe even something bigger, like an awesome display of the devil's favorite finger paintings. 
"In October 2001, Moscow and Tehran signed framework agreements for US$300 million to $400 million a year in the form of Russian military supplies to Iran, including spare parts for Russian-made weapons, new fighter jets and possibly air-defense, ground-to-ground and anti-ship systems," reported Sergei Blagov in the Asia Times. 
Even the lowliest field officer in the US Army knows that Iran isn't the de-fanged kitten of Saddam's military but a wildcat willing and able to fight. Only fools and fanatics who scarcely served  would wander into the weeds looking for a confrontation with a concealed quarry. Perhaps a few high-ranking Pentagon officers can sway the hotheads who now hold the reins; Godspeed any patriot--soldier or civilian--who can.
Because I imagine a nation of dimwit leaders, who cannot even devise a life-saving plan to save one woman with a feeding tube, could hardly attain the wisdom of Solomon or the compassion of Jesus. But if someone doesn't acquire some diplomatic sense soon, we'll all be witnesses to an apocalyptic light show the world will not soon forget. Coming to a shrine or holy site near you.