Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Iran Tries Desperation Tactics in the Gulf

Avoiding the inevitable, which is the spreading of Democracy and Modernity in the Middle East. Here is Strategypage on the Mad Mullahs' latest antics against the US Navy:

Throwing a risky punch at the United States or Great Britain serves two distinct purposes. Armed bravado directed at "the Great Satan" and British imperialists appeals to Iranian nationalists -- at least, it has in the past. Khomeinist radicals, like Iranian president Mahmoud Amadinejad, contend that confrontation with the United States also strengthens them.

The reasoning may appear convoluted, wickedly Byzantine, but if Iran's domestic malaise continues to get worse, and domestic tensions seed violent street demonstrations, the most radical Khomeinists apparently believe dramatic attacks on U.S. forces -- such as the destruction of a U.S. Navy capital warship -- enhance their political position.

The Navy is right to show some restraint, and Bush correct to continue his own tough rhetoric against Iran. This was Reagan's Way, to point out the evils of an outlaw regime, while emphasising we aren't at war with a nation's people. And it worked for the Gipper, as we well know!

I've also written before how the Revolutionary Government's days are numbered, thanks mainly to Bush's invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Here is the astonishing video of the incident: