For thirty years now, we’ve known what kind of country Iran is. There are reactionary forces amongst Democrats and Republicans who espouse regime change in Iran, now that the news has displayed the corpse of a beautiful Persian woman, shot dead by… well no one really knows.
I like John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations under George Bush. His candid speech as to the corruption and fecklessness of the UN earned him a quick hook, stage left. Here, he writes an article stating that it’s time to get rid of the mullah’s regime in Iran. He makes some good points about how this should have been handles decades ago, and the abject foolishness of Obama’s belief that talking with the Iranian government will amount to anything but anti-American spin and distraction from what Iran really desires: The Bomb.
Bolton is not entirely clear as to how the mullahs should be overthrown, but he seems to imply a direct military action, as shown in this quote from the article:
“Of course, these various sources of discontent are not entirely reinforcing, and are sometimes in conflict, which indicates how difficult it is for a purely internal Iranian opposition to coalesce. Had the U.S. and others over the last 30 years done more to help Iranian dissidents, overtly and covertly, we might be in a different place today. The question is whether we are prepared to do now what we should have been doing for some time.” (Bolton, LA Times, June, 2009)
It seems to me common sense that America cannot afford to throw away time, Soldiers and money on yet another attempt to save a country composed of desperate Islamic factions. As Bolton states, only 50% of Iran’s population is Persian. Arab citizens resent the Persians and vice versa. Removing the mullahs will create a power vacuum. When we entered Iraq, we knew that Saddam Hussein had used WMDs before. He refused all cooperation with UN inspectors. We moved on what we thought was a threat. Iran has no nukes; we know this. We know where they are attempting to develop the nukes, and an airstrike on these laboratories would put a serious dent in their venture. I’m not against military strikes. But regime change with America doing the world’s dirty work–yet again–is a bad idea.
I think that Europe would actually stand behind drone or airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The same cannot be said for another invasion, which would be spun as one more example of American imperialism. Europe is content to sway in the tides of Pax Americana. She can never be counted on to help maintain the peace, however, so it’s best we just kill the right people and destroy the right stuff without worrying about making a Persian Oasis in what has always been the haunt of the Djinn.