January 7, 2012
U.S. sanctions on Iran are “acts of war.” The Iranian government, which views the sanctions, along with assassinations of its nuclear scientists and belligerent rhetoric from Washington, as precursors to “regime change,” is seeking to obtain nuclear weapons “as a deterrent to foreign intervention.” War could occur at any moment, and the only way to avert it with any certainty is for “Western powers [to] imagine how the situation looks from Tehran.”
This may sound like a Ron Paul stump speech. But in fact, it is the essence of a recentBloomberg article by Vali Nasr, a Middle East expert with contacts in the government of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni. Nasr’s piece, says Robert Wright of the Atlantic, vindicates the Texas Republican’s “sheer conjecture” about Iran’s interpretation of Western actions as “acts of war.”
Paul’s “conjecture,” of course, was based on a simple understanding of human nature. If Oceania routinely threatens Eastasia and begins punishing it, the Eastasian people and their government are not going to sit idly by and allow their country to be destroyed. They will fight back. Then Oceania will escalate the conflict further, Eastasia will respond in kind, and so on, until a full-scale war is under way.
Such a war between the United States and Iran, Nasr maintains, “could be tripped off without either country intending it” because both countries are pursuing policies that make war almost inevitable, though Iran’s policies are largely in response to those of the United States.
Tehran has been remarkably patient in the face of U.S. aggression, Nasr argues. It has “absorbed economic pressure from abroad” and “remained silent in the face of covert operations aimed at slowing the progress of its nuclear program, brushing off the destructive Stuxnet computer worm, apparently a joint U.S.-Israeli project.”
Full article here
- Ron Paul Vindicated on Iran (Unfortunately) – Atlantic Online (theatlantic.com)
- Problems with the Squeeze Iran Strategy (And a Reluctant Hat Tip to Ron Paul) (reason.com)
- Why Ron Paul Is Right And Barack Obama Is Wrong About Iran (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: Ron Paul’s Iran Policy Most Accurate (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Dangerous mix: Iranian oil and U.S. sanctions (cnn.com)