Friday, May 26, 2006

Iran's offer of peace and the US's Hubris.

Apologies for the sporadic posting. The exams are almost over!

According to Gareth Porter of, back in 2003 Iran had offered peace to the United States and Israel in return for security assurances from the US. Unsurprisingly, the offer came in April or May of that year, just weeks after the US military had strolled to Baghdad.

Iran blinked when they offered peace but the US was too arrogant to realise it. They took it as a sign of weakness and set their sites on marching to Tehran from Baghdad. Saddam's army had folded in 3 weeks so the Iranians would be no great shakes. However now, after 3 years of being softened up by the sunni arab Guerilla insurgency in Iraq, they are in no fit state to step into the ring with Iran.

While the US is the stronger and heavier fighter who undoubtedly can still cause damage to its lighter opponent, it steps into the ring with weak knees. Under normal circumstances Iran may have folded under a US bombing campaign, but with 150,000 US hostages in iraq as Iraqi blogger Riverbend put it, they will be supremely confident of hurting the US.

Also, the mess that is iraq has detered any Anti-regime elements in Iran from working against the state. As bad as they see things, there is no way they want the chaos to be found next door. The people will rally around the flag instead of turning against their leaders. What the US hasnt grasped is the strong Iranian nationalism that seems to transcend ethnicity or political ideology. EVERY iranian ive spoken to from Khomeinists to shah loyalists, insist that Iran has the right to a nuclear programme, which of course they do under international law.

The reason iraqis allowed the invasion was because the Baathist regime had treated them so horrendously. The clerics in Iran, love them or hate them, simply havent engaged in that sort of oppression, nor do I believe is it their intention to. For an "axis of evil" state, its political landscape is quite diverse, as opposed to Saddams strict idol worship state. If america thinks that internal opposition to the Iranian clerics is similar to that faced by saddam, they are grossly mistaken.

They would do well to ignore the sun soaked exiles in LA and the Manucher Ghorbanifars' of this world, when they tell the Bush Administration that they will be greeted by cheering crowds. Otherwise, as Juan Cole rightly points out, Arlington cemetary will have a busy century.


At 11:20 AM, Blogger Riot Starter said...

Things might not be promising for the time being. But you know something, Saddam's gone. As chaotic as things might be for the time being, there will always be hope for a better tomorrow.

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^ Inshallah my friend. Let us hope and pray there will be peace.

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Hitech Luddite said...

So your willing to bet that we won't sacrifice 150,000 to kill some 20 million in Iran? It's gonna happen soner or later given the rhetoric of the chosen leader of Iran. It would really suck to lose!!!!

At 4:20 AM, Blogger Murteza ali said...

^^ Well that says a lot about the fascist streak running through america these days.

Your willing to kill 20 million innocent people for the supposed crimes of their president?

Your president has done a hell of a lot worse, yet i dont see iranians or muslims saying they would kill 20 million americans.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Hitech Luddite said...

"i don't see Iranians or Muslims saying they would kill 20 million Americans. "

Hey bin laden how ya doin? You must be bin laden cause you'd have to live in a cave not to see writings from Muslims from MANY parts of the world that claim such a desire. My point is that the M.E. falls into two camps. 1 camp is typified by the Saudis who try to play both sides by taking oil money and feeding the radicals in setting up wahhabi's The 2nd camp is Iron fist types like Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iran who beat down anyone who rises against them and feed the radical elements to serve that purpose. Wither way fundamentalist' Islam is on the rise and for the time being we have a president who is willing to take it on. Bush may be a dumb ass or whatever else you think of him but don't bet on the US not going the distance if pushed further which is what was inferred in the post. ala the troops being hostages. You bet your ass if Iran dropped a nuke or other WMD targeted on our troops in Iraq there will be hell to pay in Iran.

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