posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 03:14 AM
Frankly if Iran goes bad in 20 years, assuming we do right and end our dependence on mid-east oil, and get well on our way to being off oil entirely,
we can afford to ignore them the same way we ignore Cuba.
America hasn't got to utterly crush every bad guy in the world- we'd never do anything but fight, and never spend a dime on anything but weapons if
we were to try.
My proposal for approaching Iran considers
1. That guarding the vulnerability created by our dependence on Mid-East oil is more important than any other concern we might have over Iran.
2. That Radical Islam and violent political radicalism in general is undermined by the passage of time without results and the distractions of
cultural and economic advancement. Therefore defeating them may require little more than waiting them out.
Time without direct conflict against our troops will make the war seem less real to their youth, but everytime we present ourselves on a given field
for battle we invite more enemies to fill the radical ranks and fight us. Waiting them out may actually take the wind out of their sales far better
than defeating them in battle, unless of course we are willing to go to the lengths necessary to uttlerly DESTROY them in battle, which would take
everything we've got militarily, and more than we've got financially.
And to the best of my knowledge, North Korea does not have McDonalds, Walmart, or other aspects of cultural subversion which you will find in the
nations which are less prone to making trouble for us. It's not so much McDonalds or Walmart itself being there that makes the difference. Those
institutions are a symbol of Western cultural influence. When a culture is exposed to and accepts the sometimes materialistic and therefore
short-sighted consumer lifestyle that permiate the West, they fall under the power of the same conspiracies which keep we rebellious Americans sitting
on our fat butts no matter what outrage we are confronted with. In short, they go soft like many of us have gone soft and lose the will to be poor or
to fight just to stand by their values.
If we can wait out the Iranians and deny them a raging battle for their young men to become involved in, the next generation of Iranians isn't going
to be thinking about fighting the Great Satan. They're going to be thinking about building an economy so that they can get a job and buy cellular
phones, drink pepsi, and all that ridiculous crap that virtually everyone in most first world nations spends all of their time doing instead of
fighting for the things they believe in.
I don't want to "teach Iran a lesson". I just want to avoid seeing America get taught a lesson, then once we don't need the Persian Gulf so much
we can simply leave Iran to its own devices and see if they don't eventually start acting more like the Kuwaitis, or at the very least like the
Saudis, who while they are still a bunch of terrorist jerks, at least don't rock the boat too much on the strategic and political levels.