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The Case Against The Case Against Iran

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Here's to Common Sense

I want to predicate my article by saying that nothing is more offensive to me than an offensive war, and that no one should have the means, through nuclear, or other weapons, to erase human civilization from this world. Also, I'm not writing this article to support the regime in Iran no one wants to see a free Iran more than I.

IF I SUBMIT TO AN IRRATIONAL STATE OF TERROR, CAN I EVER BE SECURE?

Sure, there is a war against "terror," and sure the world is not as "secure" as it once was, but what do the words "terror" and "secure" mean anyway? The United States is a country with a long history marked by periodic bouts of isolationism, expansionism, and, what may be a surprise to some, imperialism. (You don't think the Hawaiian's voted to join the United States do you?) Unfortunately, however, as a relatively young nation, the U.S. has never really had the opportunity to effectively develop its foreign policy skills. We've more often than not made things worse by trying to exercise our will through force”something which did not work in Cuba, Vietnam, or Korea to name a few, and which will not, ultimately, work in the Middle East.

Politicians scream at the top of their lungs promising to keep America secure. They tell us that they will protect the homeland from terror. But how are they accomplishing this? After September 11, 2001, the United States launched a war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, ostensibly because they were offering a"safe harbor" to Osama Bin Laden. Okay, that's fine, we needed to go in and root out Al Qaeda, but wait, all we did was spread them out of Afghanistan, and into the rest of the world.

THE WMD'S ARE EAST, WEST, SOUTH, AND NORTH SOMEWHAT

No problem, luckily we figured out that there was a "Prague Connection" between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. Finally, we had a good excuse to go back into Iraq and take out that despot ”the man who tried to plan to assassinate President Bush" and which incidentally we had propped up for decades. But wait, the Bush administration wanted to bolster their argument for a new front in the conflict now euphemistically called the"War on Terror."

Enter Donald Rumsfeld, armed with "proof" of Weapons of Mass Destruction, he and the rest of the Bush administration sent Colin Powell to the U.N., and well the rest is literally history unfolding. We invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003, almost four-years ago, and haven't looked back since.

Three-Thousand Four-Hundred-Six (3,406) U.S. and coalition troops have lost their lives. Twenty-Three-Thousand Four-Hundred-Seventeen (23,417) have been wounded. Obviously, neither of these figures includes the dead and wounded in Afghanistan or the toll on the civilian population in Iraq and Afghanistan. The "War on Terror" rages on and world waits in nervous anticipation of the day when the end of this struggle will be in sight.

IT'S A ROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD

For those of you that may not know, Iran is located snuggly between Afghanistan on the East (or right if you're looking at it on a map) and Iraq on the West (or left if you're looking at it on a map). Ignoring the fact that Iran is one of the only non-Arab countries in the Middle East (Iranian's are Aryan and speak Farsi, not Arabic), and has, at one time or another in its history, been involved in armed conflict with almost every country and tribal group in the region, Iran is in a pretty rough neighborhood, with, as the kids would say, a lot of "haters."

The Middle East is a place where honor means everything, and nothing, depending on who you're dealing with. This paradox leads to an unfortunate need to protect one's interests against sometimes covetous neighbors, who, remembering ancestral blood feuds, view war not just as a right, but an obligation. Now bring in the Behemoth of military might that is the United States into an environment like this, and you have set the stage for Act II of a struggle between the West and the Middle East that finds its roots in the call for the First Crusade by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont in 1095” but that's another article entirely.

The reality is that, if Iran is in fact developing a nuclear arsenal, it is doing what the United States, England, France, Russia, China, and Israel, to name a few, did. Surrounded on all sides by angry neighbors—one of which (Iraq) entangled it in a bloody and almost decade-long conflict—and people (Al Qaeda and other terror groups) that the United States is spending billions to exterminate and keep off U.S. soil, Iran is doing what any other government in a similar situation would do: it is taking steps to protect itself.

Imagine for a minute if the United States was located where Iran is. First off there would be a wall (if we're building one to keep Mexicans out, believe me when I tell you we'd build one to keep everyone in the Middle East out). Second, the U.S. military (defense) budget would be roughly one-half of the total Federal Budget (2.77 Trillion for 2007). Third, kids would be carrying nuclear bombs to school instead of lunch boxes.

THE TRIFECTA IN THE WAR ON TERROR

Let's say for a moment that we do what some are claiming/hoping we're planning on doing. Let's imagine that the U.S. and, possibly Israel, bombed Iranian nuclear facilities with tactical nuclear bombs tomorrow -- something both nations have openly discussed. Maybe we've disrupted, or, better yet, neutralized Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons. What happens the day after tomorrow?

First, the Mullahs, the Theocrats that have held Iran's governance in their hands for more than two decades will reestablish a vice-grip on the throat of the young democracy beginning to take root in Iran. The tragedy inherent in this is that, unlike Iraq or most of the rest of the Middle East, and, for that matter, the world, an Iranian democracy would be develop along the lines of French democracy -- from the ashes of a revolution and period of intense strife and suffering. It would be a Democracy born of the innate desire of the people.

Second, America would lose the best and most dear ally it has ever had in the Middle East, namely, the Iranian people. Unlike most Middle Eastern populations, Iranian people, not the government, love the United States. The vast majority bears no hatred for Americans, and, although they may not always agree with U.S. foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran, Iranians want an open and close relationship with the West, but more importantly and profoundly, they want it with the U.S.

Third, it would unify Iranians from all political, philosophical, economic, and ideological backgrounds behind the current regime. For most Iranians, nothing is more abhorrent than an unprovoked, and what will most likely be viewed by the majority of Iranians as unjustified, attack on Iran and Iranians. It will galvanize the people in a solid unified mass behind the government, a move calculated to exert a stronger and opposite force against the force attempting to break Iran. To illustrate this point, one does not need to look far. The national anthem of Iran prior to the revolution says it all: "Oh enemy, if you are of stone, I am of iron."

Finally, the United States will immerse itself deeper in conflicts that will never end. Billions more will be spent and countless lives will be lost so that Americans can feel like their moving towards the mirage of peace and security, when maybe they are standing in the reality of peace and security already.

GET OUT AND SEE THE WORLD

I recently travelled around Asia and North Africa, and one thing struck all the people I met ”tourists and natives alike”and that was that I, an American, was visiting their country. The world thinks Americans are afraid. The world is right.

Americans won't go to anywhere featured on CNN or Fox News, because we've been convinced that everything is out to get us”we live in terror and insecurity. We gave the terrorists (Al Qaeda, the KKK, Kach Kahane Chai, Wolf Blitzer and the"Situation Room," Hannity and Colmes, Stephen King [but in a good way], and anything or anyone else trying to scare us) their greatest weapon; terror.

We can't go to Europe because there are people trying to kill us there. We can't go to Asia because the birds will give us the flu. We can't eat beef because we'll go crazy. We can't have sex because our genitals will fall off. We've taken some of the best things life has to offer off the menu. Even more tragically, we're sacrificing liberty at the altar of some promised, distant peace and harmony, which, may not, and most likely, will not ever arrive.

At some point, the madness has to stop. Life is fun. Life is great. Life is short. Maybe all it takes to make the most of life is common sense. Common sense in who we elect, what we eat, where we go, and who we f**k.

Here's to common sense. . .



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10 comments on The Case Against The Case Against Iran

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By Elham on February 23, 2007 at 01:22 am
Dear Reza, Your article is interesting. I think it shows your ideas and thoughts and I agree with it. I am not really sure if this will be helpful feedback to you since you know more than me about American history, culture... The language that you used is very smooth and I enjoyed reading it. I think it is an excellent start. Congrats!
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By L.A. on February 23, 2007 at 02:40 pm
To El G regarding your opinion: I 'm amused by the transparency of your comments. It's so obvious that your personal views are not aligned with the facts delineated in this article. Please realize that just because your opinion is incongruent with the article does not make it any less true or valid. I suggest you take a heavy dose of second thoughts before boldly proclaiming that these are flawed and simplistic arguments. Call them what you want but the reality is that everyone (with the exception of those Americans who are too self absorbed and shallow to care) is sick of the elitist attitude and sense of entitlement that the U.S. has towards other nations. People are tired of watching the U.S. bogart its way through the world, building up nations and governments when it's to their benefit and tearing them down when it's not. And most importantly people are tired of the hypocrisy inherent in the government's stance that it's o.k. for the U.S. to be armed with nuclear arsenal but it's not o.k. for others to have that same right. It's ironic that America prides itself on being a nation of freedom yet robs others of the same at every opportunity… that is an absolute fact. Finally, I wouldn't hold your breath for the next presidential election to make "America bashing" disappear because real problems don't simply vanish into thin air because we wish them to or because we're sick of them (that's simplistic thinking on your part). Unfortunately it sounds as if your thought process never evolved from your freshman dorm room. I understand that it's easy to sit back and make bold comments from afar from the comfort of a country that affords you every opportunity and luxury; however, it would behoove you to at least try to imagine walking in the shoes of other people before trivializing the truth to a "current vogue" as you so eloquently put it. To Reza: I guess you know what I think about the article based on my comments above. Look forward to reading more…Good job…
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By V on February 23, 2007 at 05:04 pm
Reza, I just want to thank you for a quality article that I gave a five. Rare. And that was for both content and quality. I love your writing style. It flows, is fluid, speaks simply - not simplistically - and very concisely and clearly gets your message across. Glad you've joined the BrooWaha family, I look forward to reading so much more!
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By BoranH on February 23, 2007 at 06:16 pm
I've been in n out of BrooWaha for about a month and I just signed up to comment on this article. I don't agree with you El G because this is an awesome article and it's not too simplistic or America Bashing. You need to do some fact checking of your own before you open your trap. I mean not everyone can write literary masterpieces like "What makes me so angry I want to kill birds".
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By L.A. on February 23, 2007 at 07:40 pm
Sorry El G but I think the author is correct. Maybe you should put down the thesaurus and the dictionary (only after you determine how to spell Thailand correctly-see above) and take on the challenge yourself. I second the notion that your impressive vocabulary is no proof to me that you yourself have anything beyond that "8th Grade" knowledge or that you are any more qualified to comment on this subject. But please prove me wrong. I would love to read your article or anything other than your sarcasm. Again, I find your bitterness so amusing but the fancy words...well, they're really getting old.
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By Lindbergh Baby on February 23, 2007 at 07:43 pm
I'm a Jew and no one is more concerned about a nuclear Iran than Jews. [The President of Iran wants to kill us all.] But I agree that another exhaustive war with Iran is not necessarily the answer, especially when we still don't know how we're going to get out of Iraq. Too many people are too quick to want to attack without first understanding the issues. While I don't necessarily agree with everything you've written I applaud the way you wrote it. I think it's important to talk these things out so that any decision that is ultimately made will make sense to everyone. **Also, I enjoy your writing style it flows in a natural way. You should write more often. By the way, I agree that it is our fear that feeds the terrorists. Thanks for writing Reza and ignore El, he is usually negative.
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By L.A. on February 23, 2007 at 11:25 pm
El G: I give up...your pseudo-intellectual wordiness is exhausting. I'll be waiting on your article...don't disappoint us...
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By Strawberry on February 24, 2007 at 03:57 pm
Excellent article. One of the most truthful works ever written about the current situation. Thank you Reza B for your honesty! Your courage is commendable!
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By Tumerica on March 16, 2007 at 02:28 pm
Reza, I admire your writing greatly and look forward to reading more of your thoughts.
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By Karna on April 03, 2007 at 04:24 am
Good thought process
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