Guys, hopefully im wrong but im worried that there might be a small undercurrent of jingoism here.
First, what exactly is the “problem” in the region? Second, what is Iran doing that is escalating the “problem”? Steve, what is Iran doing to make you feel it wants war? Is it that they are not subjugating themselves to our imperial dictates? That their defiance is somehow a battle cry? Its that kind of assumption that worries me.
Why would Iran want to sabotage the occupation when it is the occupation that is propping up a government of Iran-friendly religious nuts who came out of exile from there?
We claim that Iran is meddling in others affairs. Lets forget that last november a US military spokesmen said we will start training Latin American militaries to offset the political movement to the Left because LA is “our area of responsibility.” Lets forget about all of our bases throughout the Persian Gulf (and the world, which there is over 1,000 of), our neglegent support for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, etc. But we illegally attacked, invaded and are occupying Iraq. Just like the Iraninan diplomats who were illegally seized for months and just released this week, their meddling is political and diplomatic. We realize that when Sistani pushed for the elections back in 2004 - the ones we originally rejected untill massive demonstrations teetering on an uprising forced us to allow the election - and our guy(s), Allawi and/or Chalabi, didnt win that we opened Pandora’s Box. In other words, we are using diversionary tactics to get others focused on the Wizard and not the man behind the curtain.
What Im noticing is a distorted lens of what is going on. Im not saying im fond of the Iranian government, but its clear that they are not the problem. I think its plausible to say that if it werent for our belligerence that Ahmadinejad would not have been elected. The reformists were defeated because Ahmadinejad successfully exploited the danger of “the Great Satan” to arouse public fear behind him (a Rovian tactic we are all too familiar with).
This horseshit of ours in the region is not about our distaste or disapproval of corruption, tyrannies, weapons of mass destruction or meddling in others affairs. By our own actions and those of our satelites it is clear that that is not the issue. This region is rich in energy resources and the creation and expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Council and the Asian Energy Security Grid are threats to our influence. The pretexts about our benevolency fighting against tyranny is just a smokescreen to give cover for our imperial agenda. I dont see how Iran is making things worse by openly defying and pointing out our bullshit (again, Im no fan of their government but its a real stretch to point a finger at them).
The Yellow Journalism that obliges to help shape public opinion is working. The real issue is not about what Iran is doing, but what we are doing and how we use hyperbole to provide excuses for the continuation of that.