netcurmudgeon (netcurmudgeon) wrote,

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More on Iran

This is a response to a comment by occam to a previous post:

One of the things that struck me about Lieberman's interview with NPR was his comment that Iran isn't like the USSR was. Which I threw a flag on because I remember the rhetoric of the Cold War pretty damn clearly, and I recall distinctly being told by our government that the Soviets were ideologically motivated zealots who would not stop until they spread their Red tide over the entire Earth and the hammer and sickle waved from every rooftop. So, to me, this vilification of the Iranians is just more of the same.

I sincerely hope that I'm not wrong about this, but I do very firmly believe that the regime in Tehran is composed of rational actors. Very few states have been led by truly irrational actors (e.g. Nazi Germany under Hitler, North Korea presently), and even some of them have come around (e.g. Qaddafi in Libya). So, I maintain that the government of Iran will realize the inherent hazards of being a nuclear power, and that will be a brake on their direct actions. It won't, as history shows us, be a brake on their indirect actions. Decades of US / Soviet proxy wars in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and South America make that quite plain. But, despite some terrifying episodes of brinkmanship, we and they never had World War III because there were rational actors on both sides.

The greatest threat in the current situation is not, IMHO, the government of Iran. It is the dubious rationality of the President of the United States and his cadre of ideological zealots. Wait, that sounds familiar...
Tags: iran, neocons, nukes, politics.lieberman
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