Neocon Stupidity At It’s Finest; The Players Who Want to Bomb Iran
As I was scrolling through the internet today, I happened to discover a fascinating article by David Kenner- associate editor of foreignpolicy.com- detailing the list of major players across the country who are advocating for regime change in Iran. Of course, the list has its fair share of Bushy’s, such as former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton and Daniel Pipes of the Hoover Institution. But to my surprise, journalists and editors were included in Kenner’s list of characters; the same journalists and editors who are supposedly hired to give the American public a fair and objective news cycle.
Naturally, bombing Iran into a submissive state and overthrowing the Islamic regime is not exactly an original idea. The Bush administration was mulling towards a preventive strike in 2006 and 2007, and many of the same people who were supportive of the pre-emptive invasion of Iraq are now carrying their message of regime-change to Iran (thankfully, we have U.S. officials and academics like Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Harvard Professor Stephen Walt to defend the other side). You can read Kenner’s article in its entirety right here.
But with Iran recently announcing its decision to produce higher-grade uranium for the flailing Tehran Research Reactor, the “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” crowd has started to gain an added weight to their cause. Polls even suggest that a solid portion of Americans are in favor of military action against Ahmadinejad and his Iranian cohorts.
What all of these people fail to realize is the Iranian population’s determination in building a nuclear program of their own. The uranium enrichment process is not just supported by a few elite Revolutionary Guard Commanders…nor is it solely advanced and protected by Ahmadinejad and his conservative allies in the Iranian Government. All Iranians- regardless of political affiliation or ideological intrigue- are standing up for their nuclear rights under the NPT.
Mousavi, Karroubi, and former President Khatami- the most powerful members of the Green Movement- have said so themselves. In fact, it was Mousavi that publicly opposed last fall’s nuclear plan by the United Nations; a political move that all but forced Ahmadinejad to back off his original decision to accept the deal “in principle.”
So with most people viewing the nuclear program as an inherent part of Iranian nationalism, it seems more than counterproductive to launch a preventive air-strike. Doing so would only strengthen a regime that is struggling to survive in the face of popular discontent. And even if a military strike was successful, it would only boost Iranian resolve to restart the program well into the future and hide facilities deeper into the mountains and bunkers. Adding insult to injury, Iran would probably react much the same way as any other nation whose sovereignty was violated; withdraw from the NPT and shut out the international community completely.
It appears that neoconservatives don’t understand the basics of the debate. Do your homework and maybe your ideology will gain some credibility.
I (among others) am starting to feel like a broken record.
-Daniel R. DePetris
**Comments courtesy of ForeignPolicy.com**