posted on May, 18 2006 @ 05:02 AM
Originally posted by FNF
Put quite simply, to stay strong your enemies must be weak...
...if they need to invade the middle-east in the future (for example Oil) they will have problems because Iran can fight back.
FNF, I salute your exquisite understanding of realpolitik
This is almost certainly the thinking behind the current Iran furore. It's true that Iran is in contravention of the NPT, but that treaty is
intended, in large measure, to secure the existing nuclear Powers. Coincidentally, it helps secure the world, or so it's argued, which is the reason
why most people regard the NPT as a Good Thing. But why shouldn't Iran have its own civilian nuclear programme, if other countries do?
Of course, the Iranians also understand realpolitik
, so you may be sure they don't plan to stop at a civilian
nuclear programme. What
to do? That's what all the fuss is about, isn't it?
As for the power of Big Oil, it is great indeed, but it would be an exaggeration, I think, to claim that its interests dominate American foreign
policy to the exclusion of all others.