Hello subz, nice to run in to you again. Your observations and your comments aren't out of line, and they're certainly not unusual. I'd like to
direct you to another thread which relates to the historical basis for your question.
Is History Repeating Itself?
That thread was started by Speroth, and has several contributors. I wanted to bring that to your attention because it may be comprehensive enough to
answer some of your follow-on questions.
The comparisions to Iran in its current rise to power and Nazi Germany are not absolutely precise. No historian can say that and make it stick. The
similarities in behavior are significant, and they do merit discussion. The fact of the matter is that we are witnessing the rise of a regional power
that will in fact challenge U.S. and Western interests in the very near future.
For the sake of this discussion, I'd like to construct the argument from recent happenings. At the very core of most Western worries is the Iranian
nuclear program. that effort has been active for the last 25 years. While the official government's official position has been that it wants
enriched uranium for civilian purposes only, the subsidiary facts of the matter seem to contradict that very public assertion.
The mainstream perception over the last four years has been of Iran to date is of a country that is actively seeking to become a nuclear power in both
civilian and military aspects. In today's world, this is virtually considered a sinister motive by itself.
[Ajazeera]"On August 14, 2002, an associate of Mujahedin-e-Khalq and critic of Tehran, Alireza Jafarzadeh, revealed the existence of two secret
nuclear sites, a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and a heavy water facility in Arak. In response, the U.S. has since late 2003 claimed that
Tehran is seeking to build nuclear arms in violation of its agreements under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and also that Iran is seeking to
develop nuclear missiles. However, no direct evidence has ever been produced that Iran is pursuing a covert nuclear weapons program."
It's understandable that Iran would want to become a major player in its region. the nature of its politics and its long-range goals are worrisom to
the West because of the religiously motivate goals they espouse. The fact that they have publicly stated so many time that they are going to activley
oppose U.S. and Western interests enhances the perceived agression in their stance.
By 1936, Nazi Germany was generally regarded as an agressive regime with expansionist desire that went beyond their borders. In their case, that
analogy was literal. As it stands right now, Iran has not yet expressed an interest in running up their flag in other countries...except
for...whatever military efforts might be necessary to destroy the Great Satan. The official position of the Iranian government to export Islam is
tantamount to the desire for military expansion in today's world.
Nazi Germany espoised pro-Arian anti-Jewish doctrines that resulted in some very bloody policies. Many of these ere put in to effect before the
formal shooting war got stated. The social crack-down inside Iran bears some resemblance to the pograms instituted by the Germans in the period
As an academic matter, you can easily make the case that any country that so desires can enrish uranium. It is their right under the terms of
international law. the tickler in this case is the threat of future applications. We are, after all, talkingabout a national leadership that has
espoused Jewish genocide and the need for the destruction of more than just one soveriegn country. No matter what you believe, and no matter who you
are, that's pretty militant stuff.
Another simple fact of life is that Civilian nuclear power is only a few add-ons away from military nuclear capability. Just as the Nazis stated
their goals for militarism and ethnic cleansing, today's radical regime in Tehram is preaching militarism for the sake of religious goals, and some
of that ethnic cleaning "stuff." It wouldn't mater which nation they wanted to rid the wold of, the fact of the matter is that...like the Nazis
before they...they are advocating force of arms to achieve goals which they believe will bring them ascendancy in the world community.
The bottom line here is "intention." To that extent, and for that reason, today's Iran acts in some ways like Nazi Germany. Any nation that
harbored those kinds of intentions would act like Nazi Germany. You will find other posters on this web site who make the claim that America is the
21st century equivelant of Nazy Germany because of its perceived intents. times may change, but the nuts and bolts of agression remain the same.
If the Iranians had no official policy in place that stated goals which were hostile to Western interests, we would not be having this conversation.
When Hitler ranted about Liebensraum and the restoration of Greater Germany, he wasn't believed until after it was too late to take precautions.
With that lesson so painfully learned, we need to take seriously the threats of any nation whatsoever that declares its intention to purge the world
of people or countries which offend them.