a reply to: haman10
I'm glad to see you on ATS! Especially from Iran. Someone posted here a while ago some beautiful pictures of Iran. I work with Iranians (and
Indians, Chinese, Indonesians, Australians, etc) and I can tell you that nobody outside the government wants a war with Iran. All the information you
posted was great and you provided links too! So thank you for that.
However, Iran is surrounded by US military bases.
There's only 44 F-14 Tomcats in service, and that number is debated due to spare parts availability and reports of cannibalization to get the
A comparison (recent data) shows that Iran couldn't stand an initial onslaught of air bombardment by the USA and her allies. Saudi Arabia may not be
as capable as Iran in pilot and equipment skills (I'm dubious of this), but they don't have to be. They only have to be as good as your second
As a matter of fact, if it were between Iran and Saudi Arabia only, Iran would probably have no
But in the world we live, that's not the case. Oil pricing has been manipulated to destroy Iran's economy. No money, no nuclear program or weapons.
In theory, that works great. But Iran's friends (China and Soviet Union, North Korea) have different plans.
So what does this mean? It means that you and your family and my family and I would probably have a fascinating conversation over dinner and probably
become friends. I believe we both want what's best for our families and to see our children have a better life than what we had.
But, it's not about us. It's about resources. That's it. First oil, until renewable kicks in and a break through is made on storage (graphene may
be part of this!). Then it will be rare earth's. Need those for technology and weapons. Then it will be for water and food. China's using Iran for
oil. Russia uses Iran for weapon purchases and political retribution against the US. Iran uses China for capital investments, money and technology.
But the chinese are sneaky. They want to destroy the US with subversive methods with the end goal to destroy us with a collapse of the financial
system. They promise Iran with military support in case of war or attack, but it won't come. Ever. Iran uses Russia as a back up military threat
against the US and for protection. And this, may actually happen. Russia will collapse again by 2030, but they want one last hurrah. (Read George
Friedman - The next 100 years).
I'd love to visit Iran to see it's beauty and to meet their people. I hope things work out for all of us.