Discussion in 'Iran' started by JBeukema, Jun 20, 2009.
in your opinion
Mind our business. The Iranian people don't need our approval to do what they're doing, and the Iranian government won't listen to us regardless and they'll simply hold anything we do or say against us.
I agree. I think that even if the current regime remains in power, they are weakened and tarnished, and the more violent they are in response, the less support they will have going forward.
Plus, significant and time/resource consuming internal strife may make Iran less of a threat worldwide.
First, I wouldn't label our current course of action as supporting the "existing powers."
Otherwise, as the course of events and outcomes are very much uncertain, and we are not clear what effect any action on our part would have anyway, we should hold our tongue, except for the usual platitudes about importance of democracy, restraint, peace, etc.
Hard to say, given the rather dubious reputation -at best- of the American gubmint in Iran.
A good place to start would probably be to do no further harm to that reputation...If that's even possible.
Expressing our support for the reformist movement would stigmatize it and cause it to lose much of what popularity it still has. As in most situations, we'd be best off minding our own business.
We don't have the troops or money to wage a ground war with Iran, so I say just shut the fuck up and let the young Iranians handle the situation there. We have no business interfering in their political process anyway since it doesn't directly affect us with the exception of the current regime wanting to build an A bomb. We can however, place sanctions on them if they continue to build the A bomb. We can also monitor the shipping lanes into and out of Iran just like we are doing with N Korea to stop trafficking of materiels to build those bombs. Yes, blockadeing is an act of war, but then they would have to declare war on us, and attack us. That would be a bad mistake on their part knowing the awesome airpower we have.
Yea... sanctions... because that works
Kalam....i work with a guy who was born and raised in Iran....and 90% of his family are still there....after their last elections he told me and a few other guys....leave them alone,the people in Iran will take care of the leaders there....he said they want exactly what any person would want for themselves and their families,and the FREEDOMS that we have here, AND THEY KNOW IT EXISTS.....and given time...they will get it.....it may take a few elections,but after each election,things will start getting closer and closer to what they want.....compared to the aftermath of the last election, this is much different.....
We should speak softly, and carry a big stick.
They know they're toast if they do anything stupid. I don't understand why some think they'd be dumb enough to attack the US or an ally. They're pretty much surrounded by the most awesome military power on the earth. Realistically speaking, what are their options? NOTHING.
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