Originally posted by mmiichael
Everyone seems to want to ignore Saudi Arabia.
Guess which country just gave Israel the Green Light to fly over their space.
The US went into Iraq and Afghanistan largely to contain Iran For better or worse the West has decided the Saudis have the upper hand. The threats to Israel are more a provocation of the US than a desire to engage in a direct war. As the hope was Saddam would be overthrown by his own people, the ideal is for an uprising in Iran to topple the Mullahs and Mr A.
Iran has looked at what North Korea gets away with on moving the nuclear issue forward despite reprimands. A bad model - North Korea isn't important. Were Iran to apply logical self-preservation they'd de-escalate the tension. But they do the opposite. Meaning they're running on emotion and religious fervour rather than common sense.
The way most of the world, even Russia sees the situation "They're asking for it."
Theocracies make for terrible governments and disastrous foreign policies.
Hope none of this comes to pass.
[edit on 21-9-2009 by mmiichael]
I hope none of this comes pass either. But, you're right, I can definitely see the Saudis giving Israel a green light. The Arab world has little love for the Persians.
I hope to God Israel does not do it. It would be the worst thing they could do to themselves. Even if they killed not one human being while pulling off the attack, they would be screwed.