posted on Feb, 19 2006 @ 11:09 PM
Unless of course the aim isn't to win or to topple the regime alone, but to provoke a 'clash of civilizations' between the West and Middle East.
Hamas is the predominant Palestinian legislative power now. Iran's president is either very showy for the cameras or genuinely is willing to confront
the West, at least politically and economically, to a degree most would think twice about. The smoldering rage regarding the cartoon is still fresh in
people's minds. The perception is predominant that U.S. and other Western powers are occupying Iraq (even though technically it isn't an occupation
anymore, they see it as one, as for all intents and purposes that's all that matters in the context of this issue).
That's all a powder keg ready to explode, at least potentially. Imagine Israel bombs the hell out of Iran's suspected nuclear weapons research and
development facilities. Then imagine forces hoping for a broader regional conflict to erupt play their cards right, and ensure that a major terrorist
attack on or similar to the scale of 9-11 either in the U.S. or, in particular, in Europe somewhere (I'm not saying this would have to be anyone
connected to Iran or any other Middle East or affiliated nation, either. In my opinion at this point it could be either side that would cause it or
allow it to occur, or even a third party no one is aware of at this juncture, or at least not fully aware of) takes place. Imagine the Palestinian
reaction to this in regard to Israel. Imagine the U.S. and/or E.U. reaction to the terrorist attack.
This is all hypothetical, of course. It's just that I haven't seen anyone on either side of any of the fences - war support, anti-war, militant, or
moderate - suggest or consider the possibility that if there are forces of which the general public is largely unaware manipulating some aspects of
these events, they might not care if the U.S. is destabilized militarily because their goal could be to drag the whole region into turmoil. I also
haven't seen anyone suggest that if there is a secret agenda behind these conflicts, that it might not be purely an oil or industrial and financial
agenda. The results of a broad regional conflict involving multiple states in the Middle East would have repercussions far beyond oil and the economy,
and the governance structures of the Middle East states involved in such a conflict would not likely be allowed to survive or persist following
[edit on 19-2-2006 by AceWombat04]