Is Iran next?

January 12, 2007

The idea of the US attacking Iran seems far-fetched and unrealistic. Not only is the US’ military over-stretched, strategically any operation could spell disaster. Iran’s facilities are not as exposed as Iraq’s were and Iranian infrastructure would not be taken out of order as easily, with an intricate underground network existing in Iran.

However, considering President Bush’s address to US citizens on Wednesday night, reality doesn’t seem to matter much to this Administration.

There continue to be signs that the Administration is interested in facing off against Iran.

Today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran against impeding US efforts in Iraq. Prior to her warning, US troops stormed an Iranian consulate in northern Iraq and detained five diplomats, violating international norms on treating diplomats . Were a US or British consulate raided in like fashion, an immediate response would be rightly implemented.

Could the US be provoking Iran? Northern Iraq, after all, borders with Iran.

Is the additional troops deployment into the region meant to solve Iraq or does it have another purpose? Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski asserts that the additional troops have “no strategic benefit” and “will not resolve with finality the ongoing turmoil.”

Could Iran really be next?

One of the US’ most (if not the most) faithful allies in the region, Israel, has already been reported to have plans to attack Iranian nuclear sites. Israel has denied those reports. However, they did not surface without a reason. Iran has been the recipient of very harsh rhetoric from both the US and Israel and while there may be no concrete plan on Iran, something is in the works.

On Wednesday night, President Bush made several allusions to Iran, accusing the state of supporting radical “Shi’a elements” in Iraq. The President also mentioned facing “extremist challenges” in the region and said that “this begins with addressing Iran and Syria.”

A raid targeting Iranian diplomats followed on Thursday. On Friday, Secretary Rice warned Iran and said the US would not “stand idly by” if Iran’s “regional aggression” continued. This all fits into a pattern of high-ranking officials speaking out against Iran, and warnings against its regional role.

The latest warning comes from US intelligence chief Negroponte who has expressed concerns over the country’s intentions, citing the country’s alleged funding of terrorist activities.

Keeping President Bush’s address in mind, Iran just might be next.

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2 Responses to “Is Iran next?”

  1. Quran Bible Says:

    Dmitri

    Invading Iran will be a suicide for US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar. We must all hope and pray that Bush will not start another war which will be disaster for the whole Middle East including Israel.

    Air strikes on Iran as you said will not be very successful and Iran’s retaliation will be tough and Bush is already in trouble in Iraq. US needs minimum of one million armay which at the time they don’t have. US military is finding it difficult to find troops for the regular rotation from where they will get the number of troops for Iran invasion unless they reinstate the military draft.

    Bush also said that US troops withdrawal will be dangerous because of extremist group will take over the control of the country and its resources. Bush do not realize that the extremist already are in power thanks to his invasion who will not be US ally after they withdraw from Iraq. The extremists who are in power are more dangerous than Saddam Hussein which nobody is paying attention to it.

  2. Kevin Says:

    Is Iran Next?

    Only one response: I hope so.


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