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December 15, 2010

There Goes the Neighborhood

Filed under: All Posts — brogsblog @ 3:28 pm

As we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, the German newspaper Die Welt published an article making a profoundly troubling claim. This kind of report from such a reliable newspaper should have sparked national concern and launched an international inquiry. Yet most of us had no idea this article even appeared.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (AP Photo)

What Die Welt reported – citing Western sources – was that Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles capable of reaching the United States on Venezuelan soil. More specifically, the article claims that when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visited Iran in October, the two nations signed an agreement under which:

* Venezuela will allow Iran to establish a missile base on its territory to be manned by both Iranian and Venezuelan officers.

* The base will house Iranian Scud-B, Scud C and Shahab 3 missiles.

The Scud missiles – both B and C – are relatively short range and threaten only Venezuela’s already nervous neighbors. But the Shahab 3 missiles are able to reach the United States from Venezuela. In short, if this article is correct, the United States will soon join Israel and Europe in living within Iranian missile range.

A comparison to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis is not only obvious, but instructive. At the time, the power that posed the greatest threat to American security – the Soviet Union – sought to place missiles in our backyard so as to be able to threaten our major population centers. Today, the nation that currently poses the greatest threat to American security – Iran – is seeking to do exactly the same thing.

Yet while the threats are similar, the reactions appear to be entirely different. As soon as he had solid intelligence that the Soviet Union had placed ballistic missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy demanded their removal. Although the Soviet Union was already a nuclear power with a massive conventional army capable of overrunning Europe, we did not hesitate to draw a red line around our hemisphere. The world stood at the brink of a nuclear war until these missiles were removed.

It stands to reason that, had President Kennedy known about the Soviet plans sooner, he would have acted sooner. Had we received reports of an agreement between the Soviets and Cuba to deploy these missiles, our government would have communicated to the Soviets in no uncertain terms that such a move would not be tolerated. Signals would have been sent. Lines in the sand would have been drawn.

Yet the only thing resolute about our reaction to this report about Iranian missiles is our determination to ignore it. True, it’s possible that our intelligence agencies know that this information is false. It is also possible that tough signals are being sent through back channels to prevent this agreement’s implementation. But after years of feckless failure to stop Iran’s march towards nuclear weapons, one cannot be faulted for doubting whether such moves are in fact taking place. There are too many leaks these days – of the old kind and the “wiki” kind – to allow for perfectly silent diplomacy. Silence too often correlates with inaction.

Every schoolchild learns about the Monroe Doctrine, almost two hundred years old, under which the United States declared that any intervention by foreign powers in the affairs of the Americas would be viewed as an act of aggression requiring U.S. intervention. As President Kennedy himself noted, “The Monroe Doctrine means what it has meant since President Monroe and John Quincy Adams enunciated it, and that is that we would oppose a foreign power extending its power to the Western Hemisphere, and that is why we oppose what is happening in Cuba today.”

Yet today Iran plots and plans with Venezuela, and we remain largely silent. Have we abandoned the Monroe Doctrine? Have we opened our hemisphere to our enemies? We don’t yet know for sure. But the fact that such an article could spur so little debate and concern is deeply troubling. And where there’s no smoke, we should not be surprised to discover that there is no fire.

The prospect of a nuclear Iran has just gotten even more dangerous. And much more personal.

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel and author of a new book, In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity.  You can follow David on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.



  1. Our God (Jesus Christ ) is an awesome God. He will protect Isreal, that land belongs to only him, and he said he will bless those that bless Isreal. Thank you Lord, your promises are yes and amen !!

    Comment by Juanita Kincer — December 15, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

  2. Ahhamaninijad and Chevy-chace aye. I say make Syria cough up. They could poke Hezzbulah in the eye. LORD willing and the creek don’t rise

    Comment by Glenn L. — December 15, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  3. I hope that our military leaders will do something about the Iranian missiles. Maybe a cover operation will be even better.

    Comment by Ryan — December 15, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  4. This is astonishing news, and if it is true, then the one who sits in the White House can make the difference between our being safe, or being sorry! Unfortunately, Pres. Obama is not made of the same stuff as Kennedy was. It takes fortitude and conviction to stand against tyranny, and our current leader has neither, except for the conviction that America should be brought down to the level of third world countries! Maybe Iran intends to supply the means to that end.

    Comment by Lovette — December 15, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

  5. R-e-l-a-x and Praise the Lord.
    The fuse would be barely lit on the weapons before there would be rain of missle confetti falling back on Venezuela.
    Something about a Patriot Missle Battery Defense System. Far more capable today than what was used effectively in Desert Storm. PTL.

    Comment by Thomas Ring — December 15, 2010 @ 10:24 pm


    Comment by THOMAS KANE — December 15, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  7. Our God has made it crystal clear that the Israeli Nation is to be honoured and protected. The USA has been a part of protection of this precious nation for many years and God has blessed them for it. But more and more the population of the USA are becoming Moslem or just plain apathetic. I believe the fact that a dark skinned man has been made president of the USA is wonderful. However, just to move ahead in the area of racial prejudice doesn’t mean Obama is the right man for the job. He has stated the murder of millions of unborn, defenceless, citizens of the USA, little babies is fine with him. If that’s how he takes care of his nation they are in big trouble. His relaxed, casual Mr friendly attitude seduces people into thinking he is a good person. He is a major move of satan to take down one of the once most God honouring and powerful nations in the world. Americans need to wake up before they dry up into the death of this once mighty nation.

    Comment by Susan Justice — December 16, 2010 @ 12:08 am

  8. I tried but after writing my comment it was wiped out!

    Comment by Susan Justice — December 16, 2010 @ 12:11 am

  9. Matt. 24:6-14, And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

    7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

    8All these are the beginning of sorrows.

    9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

    10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

    11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

    13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

    14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    Comment by MEKI — December 16, 2010 @ 12:27 am

  10. I guess the USA Military wouldn’t stay with their arms crossed should that purported Iranian missile base would came to be a reality in Venezuela. In case its deployment couldn’t be stopped by diplomatic means, it would be immediately wiped out by force and nobody would even blink an eye taking into account that this Venezuelan dictator is nothing else but a sorry copy of an anthropoid and his Iranian friend a psycopath.

    Comment by Jerry Reider — December 16, 2010 @ 12:32 am

  11. Reply #5, PTL, as great a defense mechanism as the Patriot Missile System is, such only works when ‘in place’ and ‘functional’. Which is not necessarily the case, in this case? It is unlikely the U.S.A. has enough Patriot Missiles, circumferencing the U.S.A to protect the U.S.A., if a bombardment of missiles were all focused on one area… Though the U.S.A. would likely know exactly were to ‘return fire’ to…

    Comment by Patriotic Citizen — December 16, 2010 @ 1:45 am

  12. Hi, Iran allied with radical nations to deviate, departs the United States. the main reason is Iran and Muslims nations (Arabian countries&turkey& Pakistan& Afghanistan and so on ) aim to completely destroy Israel, But Iran seeking for allied with Venezuela only for threaten. Finally Iran is Islamic country the same with Arabic radical Ideology, killing Ideology, hating Ideology . that is we usually used to with Muslims Ideology, we must do more unity and pray to our God to guide us and protect us to cooperate to prevent the devil force. Amen.

    Comment by Abdelnour — December 16, 2010 @ 3:17 am

  13. All the nations especially Western and USA are shaken on the “Wiki” bomb explosion. They had no weapon to stop exploding it despite ample warnings. Iran Scud, can they stop it?

    Comment by Stephen Bernard — December 16, 2010 @ 7:00 am

  14. I said in a previuos posting, that the “so-called” president of Iran is nothing but modern day “Hilter”!!! This “parasite” need’s to be removed somehow!!! As far as “Chavez” is concerned…He also “hates” us as a people!!! Yet we still buy his OIL!!! Which proberly funds alot of the plans to “destroy” us!!! If “IMMEDIATE” action is not taken soon by the “civilized” Nation’s”… we all will suffer “dire” conceqences!!!!

    Comment by Louis M Villani — December 16, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

  15. It is true that depise Israel’s refusal to acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah, that He continually watches over Israel. But they must go through Jacob’s Trouble the Tribulation perios of 7 years before He will come again and deliver Israel. The tribulation period will begin when the many of Isral makes a peace treaty with the Antichrist himself(Dan 9:27). Repent of your foolishness O Israel.

    Comment by Stan Stutzman — December 16, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

  16. This is a temporal problem and not a spiritual one. And Iran and especially Hugo Chavez have both got to be stopped. Chavez is a threat to the entire region, and Americans traveling in that area (even in general!) are no longer safe. This has got be changed, for all our safety. And the Monroe Doctrine is as good a reason as any. That the United States has resisted the efforts of many nations over the centuries to intrude both politically and militarily in both our own affairs and the affairs of other American nations, both South and North. We cannot afford to stop that now. We, The People of the United States of America have a bound duty to our nation and our own people to wage any war necessary on any nation so threatening us, either directly or indirectly. Always know your enemies, and annihilate them.

    Comment by Charlie — December 16, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

  17. i believe this admin will surender first//

    Comment by charley — December 17, 2010 @ 12:42 am

  18. Venezuela, don’t forget, is an OPEC nation and as such will continue to keep ties to the middle east, etc. Chavez refused the FTAA and as such is at odds with the US and other trade globalists, which could make anyone a little edgy.
    Let us not allow the fear-mongering in this situation dictate our reactions to this new and ever-present danger. On the other hand, a missle base co-opted with Iran is a major strategic move and must be addressed as the potential disaster it is.

    Comment by C Barton — December 17, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  19. I was firt dissapointed by Barrack ‘ Hussein’ Obama when he cancelled the national day of prayers that had always been held at white house. That in itself I guess sent Americans a message about Presdent Obama. I dont know what to believe but I ve heard enough about Chavez and Iran. Its time that people in the USA prayed in the right direction about the president of the USA. Am African and ve never been to the USA and may never visit USA but I love that Nation because I know it is the Nation that has always stood for and with Israel. God forbid attacks on the USA. I know President Obama is not a Man like president Kennedy and America should workup regardless of their race to ensure the security of the American people. God bless USA and evry Nation that stands with Israel.

    Comment by Levi — December 18, 2010 @ 7:52 am

  20. Very interesting post and I enjoyed reading the replies. Every little tin soldier is going to rattle his sword rather he intends to use it or not. I don’t know when nor how Iran will be stopped, however, I do know where and by whom they will be stopped….along with Russia, Turkey, Iraq and others. God is still able.

    Comment by concernedx2 — December 31, 2010 @ 2:33 am

  21. David, sounds to me like you may be onto something there. Mainly, OK, maybe it is all in God’s hands, but it is what we the people do that matters and changes things and steers the course of events. Which gives me and you something in common, we are both atheists. What you are quoting is likely as not something the Mossad planted in the press as a hook for the propagandizing that you are engaging in. And of course the stupid Goyim, Gentiles will lap it up and likely as not engage in another war for Israel. As God is my witness.

    Comment by Bitin Dawg — January 23, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

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