Re: Iran Its Getting Serious
Okay how many of you actually know any Iranian people in real life? How many of you have worked with them and gotten their opinion of whatís going on? Iím sure some of you may have I definitely have.
Based on the contact I have had with Iranians and what they tell me the general population believes Iím confident that Scooter has it right. Most of the population would love to see a more open and democratic Iran. They are still very influenced by their religious beliefs, which often conflicts with the ďWesternĒ idea of a democratic society especially in regards to women and womenís rights. However given a chance I believe that their stance on many issues would soften.
Remember that prior to the deposing of the Shaw, Iran was one of the more progressive countries in the region. I believe there is a desire in most of the population to return to those progressive ways but it must be on their own terms. They are also a very proud and nationalistic people not unlike most Americans. If they feel their country is threatened they will put aside their differences and fight.
I place the current problems squarely at the feet of poor leadership in Iran. A situation that, Iím sad to say, is not unheard of in the west either. Remember also that a lot of the media in Iran will push only the governmentís view of a situation. Another astounding similarity to America? And while other sources of information are available to the people there, itís human nature to start believing something if you hear it enough times.
There are lots of reasons why I donít believe that we will be sending troops into Iran but the overriding one is time. Iím sure that Bush would LOVE to invade Iran but heís simply running out of time in his presidency. The administration simply underestimated the amount of time they would have troops in Iraq, not that it would have stopped them. So Iran and a few other countries where Bush would have liked to invade will slip from his fingers.
Now before you label me as a ďPacifistĒ, or a ďleft wingĒ donít bother. Iíve long said that I supported sending troops into a foreign country if it was warranted. I thought Bush did the right thing going into Afghanistan, however I believe he was wrong to go into Iraq.
Will the war in Iraq end up to have been an overall positive? Perhaps, but I believe it was unnecessary at the time, or perhaps done at the wrong time is a better way to put it. It was rushed and blundered, perhaps because the administration saw a narrow window of opportunity where they could lead the congress and the American people where they wanted them to be.
What is clear is that Bush destroyed any and all good will that was focused on America after the attack on 9-11 with the way he handled Iraq. I contend that Bush had it in his power to be a great leader but he just doesnít have what it takes.
Edit: Sorry for straying off topic there at the last, but most of it was on topic.
Last edited by RatboyX; 01-10-2006 at 12:08 PM.
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