Below is how I see things, please don't just flame me. I'd really appreciate a good debate here
Iran has a moral, political and financial need to be involved in Iraq, they are neighbours. Iran is a well developed middle eastern country and it's
citizen's are actually quite westernised. If Iran can help Iraq get back on it's feet then Iran could have a strong, rich ally to whom they could
make excellent trading partners. If Iran helps to bring the middle east together they will stabalise the entire region and eventually make radical
America does not want this, a stable middle east would mean it would be more difficult to influence.
Iran should also be allowed to continue it's nuclear programm, If US government had shown more respect to Iran in the first place it would have been
more likely to have let inspectors monitor their sites, plus Iran now feel a need to have an atomic deterrant becuase of the attitude the US shows
towards it! The aggressive stance of the Iran towards the US is a defense mechanism, they hope that with their aggressive talk it might make the US
think Iran mean business.
Iran are showing signs of a strong diplomatic relationship with the East and Russia, Why? because China and Russia see that Iran is a well developed,
peacful nation (I can't recall Iran Invading or attacking any countries recently) Iran can help china and russia by supplying fossil fuels and in
return would have hugely valuable trade markets.
America are worried about Iran because if Iran can get Iraq on side, Iraq too will favour the east and snub the US.
The US government needs to take a big bite of humble pie, yes they are a massive superpower but they can't keep pushing people around. It's a
I don't see Russia and China planning pre emptive strikes against anyone, but countries seem to listen to what they have to say. I believe this is
due to nations not being afraid of them. If Russia and China manage to get the middle east under their wing it would be bad news for the west. It
shows though what a strong diplomatic foreign policy can achieve.
It's all pretty similar to school playgruound rules, the bully that pushes people around might think that the other kids respect him but as soon as
his backs turned people call him names and plot against him!
[edit on 29/1/07 by Jimmy1880]