Much like the UN resolution on Iraq passed in November, 2002 gave cover to the US and Britain for the invasion of Iraq (which subsequently occured early the following year), the recent UN resolution on Iran, which imposes severe sanctions, will provide the cover that the US and Britain desire to invade Iran. It serves to set Iran up as defiant, rogue-ish and threatening in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Additionally, the recent capture of British troops by Iran will serve to reinforce this view that an invasion of Iran is justified. Remember the Israeli troops that were captured in Lebanon and the Israeli attack that ensued? Capture of their troops was used as a reason to attack. But there was plenty of evidence that showed the Israeli troops had illegally entered Lebanese territory and that their capture was called a kidnapping to justify an invasion.
The case against Iran is being made by the US and Britain right now. They are using the same tactics we have seen before… primarily false allegations… lies.
To what extent is Iran really fomenting anti-US sentiment in Iraq? Were British troops really in Iranian waters? Is the UN sanction on Iran another key element in the justification for invading Iran?
It seems obvious to me, a lowly common citizen, that the case is being made to invade Iran. I expect that unless Congress can prevent Bush from attacking Iran – and they won’t be able to if world opinion is mostly against Iran because of these false allegations made against them – then we will be in the middle of another war in the Middle East.
This one will be like Iraq on steroids, because Iran (unlike Iraq) is a powerful country with a powerful military force and almost 3 times the population of Iraq, almost 7 times the GDP of Iraq and about 4 times as large as Iraq. What is also scary is that “More than two-thirds of the population is under the age of 30, and the literacy rate is 86%.” They are young, smart, numerous and well-armed.
We can’t even manage to hold our own ground in Iraq – which is relative child’s play compared to what an invasion of Iran would be like. We cannot afford to invade Iran. We would not be happy with the resulting quagmire. It might even be the last thing we ever do as a wealthy, powerful, sovereign nation. It could be our flight of Icarus, our foolish attempt to reach the sun based on our own hubris and total lack of reason and total loss of touch with reality. It could be our undoing.
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