The great 19th-century Spanish philosopher George Santayana once stated, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This profound idea, stated almost two centuries ago, is remarkably applicable to the world today. By examining the atrocities that have occurred over the last few decades, it becomes apparent that today, more than ever, people may not have learned the dangers of remaining silent.
Today, the world faces a threat greater than any other threat that has occurred throughout history. Nuclear Iran has the potential to revolutionize the balance of power not only in the Middle East, but also throughout the entire world. The theocratic regime in Iran that is funding terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and dictating over the Iranian people, is far from quiet about their plans to “turn Iran in to a nation which can export nuclear technology, as per Ahmadinejad.
According to an August 2012 report done by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has had a “sizable” jump in its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent, a level that can be converted relatively easily to the more highly enriched uranium needed for weapons. The report says Iran has 255 pounds of enriched uranium at 20 percent, which is up from the 159 pounds that was found just this past May.
As the clock ticks and time continues to pass, the Iranian regime becomes increasingly closer to obtaining nuclear weapons capability, and the world grows even closer to the potential of repeating the past.
When Hitler rose to power in 1933, the world considered his excessive hate speech and extreme threats unrealistic and simply took it as a form of rhetoric without the possibility of implementation. Unfortunately, the world was wrong. It was not until 11 million innocent people were murdered that the world woke up and started to take his threats more seriously. The lessons we learn from our past must guide us for our future. … Dictators in Iran are not only spewing hate speech and expressing their desire to wipe democracies off the map, they are acting upon their beliefs. … We must not let that happen again.