Is Iran the Next Iraq?

Now that there is a new administration in charge of the American government, the anti-Iran rhetoric has again made its way to the headlines. It is said that Iran wants to annihilate Israel with nuclear weapons and supports terrorists and evil regimes in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. The war hawks are beating the drums of war, and an American invasion of the Persian nation has become a real possibility.

Iran’s recent decision to test ballistic missiles has been met with harsh criticism by President Trump and the issuer of notices, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Although the president’s economic sanctions placed on its enemy have not been very substantive this time around, this does show how trigger-happy the administration is and how ready it is to force Iran to abide by the set of rules created by the United States government. As I have pointed out in my book, The Global Bully, sanctions are an act of war and sometimes a precursor to invasion, as well as a retaliatory measure that does much more harm to the citizens than to the ruling class. Regardless of whether these sanctions were applied just to show the defiant country that the United States is serious about enforcing its global mandate, arrogance and intimidation have been displayed with Iran since Operation Ajax in 1953.

I have also discussed how the United States government has troops and bases all around Iran and that Iran is located in a neighborhood with several nuclear powers, and this alone may be motivation for securing updated weapons and preparing for the possible need to defend itself if Israel (a nuclear nation) or the United States (or any other country for that matter) decides to take a “preemptive strike” against its infrastructure or territory. This is not to say that Iran is a good actor around the world or that it does not instigate the United States at all, but rational leaders of any country will take actions to defend their borders. Therefore, Iran should be allowed to develop the tools that are necessary for such a task, as long as it does not utilize them outside of its borders. Whether or not Iran’s recent missile tests violate its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal is debatable, but you can read this article and come to your own conclusion.

The Houthi attack on a Saudi ship in Yemen caused President Trump to spew more discontent at the Islamic republic, and of course, it is acceptable for the United States and Saudi Arabia to arm and support factions in the divided country, but Iran is not allowed the same privilege. There is a proxy war taking place between Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government (backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia) and the Houthis (backed by Iran), and ISIS and AQAP (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) are also fighting for land. During the Bush and Obama administrations (and continued into the Trump administration), Yemen became the target of many American drone strikes (despite no declaration of war against the country by Congress). Just today, Yemen condemned Trump’s intelligence-gathering operation that occurred on January 29 due to several fatalities of civilians, and it has halted unapproved ground operations conducted by the United States (this excludes drone strikes). The government’s logic appears to be that when it kills people in other countries or manipulates other governments, there is justification, but when opposing or rival countries act in the same regions, unforgivable aggression has been committed. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to American foreign policy, where hypocrisy and failure (look at Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Libya) are considered justifications for continuing the status quo.

The United States government does not lead by example, but rather, it leads by coercion and intimidation. It is time Americans wake up to this reality and demand an end to this monstrosity that is deemed good policy by most in Washington, D.C. Will the United States invade Iran? We can only hope not. Perhaps the military-industrial complex would benefit from such a war, but we should ask whether or not it would be in the best interests of the American people. In closing, people should look at the issue of Iran ridding itself of the U.S. dollar for financial reporting and think about what happened shortly after Saddam Hussein made a similar move in 2000 (you make the call about whether or not there is a correlation) .

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Published on February 08, 2017 16:13
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