posted on Jul, 15 2010 @ 11:29 AM
Somebody said in this thread that life is worth more than energy resources.
I wish that was true.
Tell that to the Iraqis, who have had their country invaded and occupied for a certain black liquid that lies under their land, and for other
geopolitical and geostrategial reasons.
'A lengthy war' as the think tank puts it, does not begin to describe the absolute and complete horrific loss of life, maiming and destruction that
would ensue from such a war.
Iranians will rally around their government and flag if attacked. Many Iranians who disliked their government rallied behind it when they were
attacked by Iraq in 1980.
Americans would if they were attacked, as on September 11th 2001. The British did when faced with the Blitz in 1940.
It's their country's government, a government that would be tasked with defending them and their country, and many people would see no other
Yes, there are Iranians who dislike their government, but if Iran is attacked, the cause of those Iranians who seek change will be undermined, their
cause set back generations, if not forever. All those Iranians who say "Do not trust America! Remember Mossadegh!" and cite other historical
examples of western interference in Iran will be proved right again.
Seeing your loved ones be maimed and killed, your homes destroyed, tends to undermine the argument of Iranian reformists as well.
If Iran is attacked, it will defend itself, it will respond. 'Surgical strikes' a mythic phrase of military jargon, actually causes a lot of mess,
tends to kill people. Tends to leave destruction in it's wake.
Such a war would engulf the region, and such a war would see Iran trying it's very and quite justifiable hardest to strike back at those who attack
it, and those who are seen to support it's attackers.
It's what America would do if they were attacked.
Those who say a war would be short and nice and clean simply do not understand the consequences of this war, the geopolitics of the region.
Shias in Iraq and Lebanon and elsewhere, seeing their fellow Shia being killed, will feel compelled to Iran in striking back.
As will Iranians who see the ones they love most bleed and die.
'A lengthy war' means a long, perhaps neverending war that would engulf the middle east, and possibly beyond.
Some people forget that war means alot more than just killing people 'over there'.
It means ending life. It means destroying. It means making people who suffer this want to do the same to those who attack them.
[edit on 15-7-2010 by Regensturm]