on July 31, 2010
By Don Juan Corzo
Nearly six-in-ten (58%) of Americans say it is important to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means taking military action. Just 30% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict with Iran.
When it comes to the possibility that Israel may soon attack Iran's nuclear facilities, as has been reported in news stories, 51% say the U.S. should remain neutral. But for those saying the U.S. should take a position, 39% believe it should support an Israeli attack compared to 5% who say it should oppose such action.
Read the full report for a partisan and demographic breakdown of U.S. public opinion on dealing with Iran. The survey also includes findings on overall public opinion about President Obama's plans for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan as well as an analysis of partisan divisions over his plan.
"When values are clear, decisions are easy." It's a popular saying heard in motivational seminars for successful entrepreneurs. However, many actions (or inaction) by international leaders appear to contradict this logical maxim that would seem simple to follow. It seems harder to understand in an world that's more interconnected than ever. In that same sense, the United States, a perennial world saver, is facing the challenge of dealing with the possible nuclear arms development efforts the Iran government is pursuing actively.
While it can be obviously viewed as a threat to the Israeli state and its population and perhaps the contemplation of a return to an extermination scenario similar to the Holocaust, the reality is far removed from the paranoid feelings of many Jewish people or the Zionist agenda of their leaders.
The stricter sanctions being imposed on Iiran are creating an increasingly tense situation that's becoming an oxymoron in diplomatic relations in Persian land. Diplomatic sanctions are flirting with an aggressive military response.
The apparent peaceful but forceful actions of United Nations members to steer Iran from its nuclear ambitions may eventually prove efficient, but limited in scope, or futile, bordering dangerous.
Neither the US or Israel is in a favorable postion to consider any military action without consequences in a near or distant future.
Besides the habitual meddling of the US and some European nations in the Middle East foreign affairs for more than 100 years for imperialistic or economic reasons, the invisible elephant in the room is the Palestinian territorial conflict with Israel. This endless feud needs to be addressed with a peaceful resolution now to lower chances of a bigger Middle East crisis.
While many nations in the area like Egypt, Iraq or even Saudi Arabia (despite its inner struggles) don't voice it loudly they're against the Israeli treatment of the Palestian people for decades, and more acutely in the 21st century. Admittedly, Israeli people have been victims of inexcusable terrorist acts by Palestinian-tied groups like Hamas and Hizbollah in the past, but that aggression has been reduced drastically in recent years due their leaders less belicose approach in recent years.