Why We Should Be Afraid of Iran

I am sick of people saying that Iran is not a threat and that the US should not be scared of them.  Look, Iran is a huge threat because….well.  hmm.

Let’s see they might be developing nukes or maybe they are just building a power plant.  Can’t really use that as a reason to be afraid of them as there are a number of countries around the globe trying to develop nukes.  Not to use of course, only to level the playing field.

Speaking of Nukes, why is Iran such a threat and Pakistan not?  Pakistan has nukes…we know this.   They have a dictator trying to hang onto control of the country (even though he doesn’t control large parts of it).  We know there are a lot of crazies that live there and terrorism not only lives there but does it out in the open.  Go visit Karachi.

Let’s go back to Iran.  Their military is…pretty weak.  They don’t have any nuclear subs that can carry nukes to the US and they don’t have any truly long range missles.  So how are they a threat to the US?  They can’t attack us directly and even if they developed a few nukes…using them would be suicide. 

And name the only country to ever…ever actually use nukes?

Iran is not run by a dictator, it’s run by a president (Ahmadinejad).  He doesn’t have supreme control in that country so even if they had nukes it’s not like one guy is pushing the button.  Iran is actually a pretty progressive country and filled with young Iranians trying to push western lifestyles on the establishment.  What do you think a war will do to those young Iranians?  Push them toward or away from us?

I’ve heard concerns about what Russia will do if Iran is attacked because they have many business deals with them, this is a valid concern.  But, have you thought about it this way:  Russia is making most of their money right now off the high price of oil…what happens if Iran is attacked…oil might double and russia would become one of the wealthiest countries on the planet.  So, how concerned are they?  Or do they just want to give the appearance that they are concerned?

I don’t think you can make a strong case for Iran being a threat to the US.  The US has to finish the other 2 wars we started…one way or the other.  And as Israel’s biggest supporter, we need to tell them that they will not attack Iran either.  Doing so will put hundreds of thousands of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in danger.  It will also sink the US economy and hurt all of Europe economically.  At some point, we will have to address the taboo topic of the nuclear arsenal that Israel possesses.  But you aren’t supposed to mention that.

I’ve never heard the answer to this but would you say to Iran if they want to develop nukes?  If they say we want nukes because India, Pakistan, and Israel all have them and to be on a level playing field we need that technology or we will always be treated as a child at the negotiating table.  Not sure I have an answer for that.


6 responses to “Why We Should Be Afraid of Iran

  1. A generally good post. Iran just simply isn’t a threat to our national security. One might argue that they are a potential threat to our national interests in the Mideast and that they are a potential threat to our allies there, but the risk calculation moves from national survival to protection of allies–personally I think that tips the scales away from military engagement.

    As far as your last question, the answer is fairly clear: If Iran says they want nuclear weapons to level the playing field, all concerned countries should say no to that. This isn’t about some sort of playschool version of what’s fair. We don’t Iran to have nuclear missiles because that increases the threat to us, to our allies and our interests in the region. So what we want comes into conflict with what they want and that will have to handled somehow–but there’s no obligation based in leveling the playing field.

  2. Jim…i agree you could argue that they are a potential threat to our allies but if that’s the case then there is no reason for the US to have to carry the financial and military burden as we do in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    and the 2nd point..yeah that’s true…i’m just thinking about it from their side. It’s not going to deter them from wanting nukes. I think over time more and more countries will try to develop nukes for the sole reason of evening the playing field and I don’t think we can stop everyone from doing it.
    thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. What would you do if you were the president of Iran?
    What does Iran want?

    I think more than anything to be able to defend their country. Iran wants the same things as Israel, security. Who can they trust?

    They remember 1979; Arabic nations who supported Iraq against Iran. The integrated financial, technical, and armaments that were provided by many Arab countries to support Arabic Iraq against non-Arab Iranians was responsible for death of about 500,000 Iranians and injury of several millions.

    They remember our financial and technical support of Sadam Hossein to use chemical bombs against Iranians.

    They remember 1988 unprovoked attack of the United State on a civilian Iranian airliner.

    An Airbus A300
    Iran civilian airliner Flight 655 was shot down by the US Navy’s guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on Sunday July 3, 1988, killing all 290 passengers, including 66 children, and crewmembers onboard.

    The civilian airliner, carrying passengers from Iran, Italy, the UAE, India, Pakistan and the former Yugoslavia, was en route from Iran’s southern city of Bandar Abbas to Dubai when it was hit by two SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles launched from the warship commanded by Captain William C. Rogers III.

    The aircraft was flying within the Iranian airspace and did not have an attack profile. The plane was identified by Vincennes crew as a passenger aircraft. The objective was to teach Iran to capitulate in war with Iraq; otherwise more punishments were to be expected, such as U.S. Attacks on Iranian Oil Platforms in 1987-1988.

    The Vincennes crew received combat-action ribbons. Lieutenant Commander Scott Lustig, air-warfare coordinator on the Vincennes, was awarded with the Commendation Medal for ‘heroic achievement’.

    Iranians remember summer of 1953.

    President George Bush often states that Iran is threatening the interests of the Unites States in Persian Gulf! What are the interests of England and the United States in Persian Gulf, the Persian front door to Iran?
    A primer for discussion of these issues must start with review of British and the United States policies relative to the Persian Gulf region. Stephen Kinzer, a veteran New York Times correspondent, in his book “All the Shah’s Men, an American coup and the roots of Middle East Terror”, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003, brilliantly reconstructs the events leading to the present dilemma of the United States in the Middle East. The events described in this marvelous book are not fiction; the events actually happened during the summer of 1953 in Tehran, Iran.

    The United States Central Intelligence Agency operation Ajax staged coup d’état in 1953 against democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. Democracy was substituted with the despotic regime of Mohammad Reza Shah. The dawn of democracy in Iran, started in late 1880, flickered by democratically elected Mossadegh, was extinguished. This was the beginning of Iranian servitude once more to the interests of England and the United States. During his last years, Shah did not trust Iranian people; his inner palace was guarded by Israel commandos. Since 1979, the United States has been punishing Iranian people for ousting the immature, weak, despotic Mohammad Reza Shah. This punishment, Iranian assert, included Iraq invasion of Iran instigated by President Regan. During this war, the United States and her satellite nations helped materially and logistically Iraqi military forces to invade Iran and use chemical and biological weapons on Iranian population.

    In the preface of his book, Kinzer recalls his conversation with an Iranian lady about Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. He asked her: “What do you remember…about the coup against him?” She responded:

    “Why did you Americans do that terrible thing? We always loved America. To us, America was the great country, the perfect country, the country that helped us while other countries were exploiting us. But after that moment, no one in Iran ever trusted the United States again…”

    This un-American act was instigated by Winston Churchill-Anthony Eden of England and two American brothers John Foster Dulles (US Secretary of State) and Allen Dulles (Director of Central Intelligence Agency). The primary reason for this regime change was to subordinate Iranian people and exploit the Iranian natural resources.

    Harry Truman once said: “There is nothing new in the world except the histories you do not know.” Have we learned from our past mistakes committed during 1953 not to repeat it once more? This time the price would be much greater for both the Iranian and our American societies!

    Please read Persian Paradox

    Israel, cool it!
    Israel let USA diplomatically talk to Iran.

  4. It’s nice to run into a random blog where I don’t have to criticize something and feel all troll-y about my presence.

    It’s true, the arms race for nuclear arms is point of fact over the years since 1945, which is why the nuclear non-proliferation work that we do is so important. Not just for realpolitick reasons but for genuine concerns for world stability. “Leveling the playing field” and “We, as a sovereign nation get to decide the best way to defend ourselves” are the two reasons most given for pursuit of nuclear arms but that doesn’t mean we have to care.

    I don’t mean that in a rude way, and I recognize the hypocrisy in having nuclear weapons but rigging the world in such a way that new nuclear powers are prevented, but I’d rather live with that hypocrisy than face the consequences of “being fair.”

    Ideally we would all be partaking in nuclear disarmament, then we wouldn’t have to deal with either the “level playing field” arguments or the nasty taste of hypocrisy.

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