The Case Against War with Iran
*Editor’s note: this article is to be read in conjunction with The Case for War with Iran.
On paper, the cost of war can be measured in dollars, lives, hours, operations, and intelligence; but it is beyond the scope of any government to truly understand what it costs for a solider to never walk or run again, to never meet their newborn child, to have that child grow up without a parent, to deal with PTSD, or to watch a best friend be killed in action. The United States has paid so much, and it is time we quit looking for another war. Just in the lifetime of our oldest generation our military has freed Europe, China, the pacific islands, South Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and helped the causes of many people in places like Bosnia, South America, and Africa. Is it not time to find peace? We do not need another war; we do not need to attack Iran unless first attacked. We cannot so quickly forget how much our nation went through in Iraq, and continues to go through in Afghanistan.
The Cold War with the Soviet Union was full of nuclear rhetoric and doomsday promises, even climaxing in a nuclear missile crisis; however, no military action was ever officially taken by either side. Granted, the USSR was not led by an extremist calling for mass genocide; nevertheless, as prejudice as Ahmadinejad may be we have little reason to think he is crazy enough to actually believe Iran can win a war against Israel, the United States, and both their collective allies. He wants to beat his drum the same way the Soviets were beating theirs, nothing will come of it. Of course Iran wants a nuclear bomb, but this does not automatically mean they intend to nuke Israel. The most powerful man in the world at the time labeled Iran as part of an “axis of evil”, and then started a war with 1/3 of that axis. It is every bit as feasible, probably more so, to think that Iran wants a nuclear weapon to make the many nations stacked against them think twice about any war. Iran has no allies they can turn to in the event of war; their only ally is a nuclear bomb. Iran is politically isolated; starting a war could ruin that. As the international political landscape now stands, most of the world agrees with the United States, as they did before we went into Iraq; have we forgotten how quickly a war can change that? Public perception has always been very shifty, particularly in the information age, if we end up with a situation similar to Iraq we may be the politically isolated nation. Many Muslims already do not trust the United States; another war with an Islamic nation will add fuel to the fire of those who falsely believe the United States is at war with all of Islam as a religion. We have had tension with Iran for decades, why do we need war now? We also had tension with Iraq for decades, and after finding no nuclear weapons there many feel we did not need that war. This situation is not so different from the one preceding the Iraq War. Moreover, with political instability, and partisan tensions at an all-time high, once can make the argument that Iraq is worse off now than before we invaded. Iran has not directly attacked America, we do need to go to war and imperialize the entire Middle East.
The way we are dealing with Iran right now is working wonderfully. Economic sanctions worked in North Korea abandoning their desire for a nuclear weapon; they may well work in Iran also. We can and have used small scale and covert operations to contain Iran, and these have worked very well. Reports show that the Stuxnet Worm infected Iranian nuclear facilities for months, and maybe even years without being detected, and even then it was only detected by an outside security firm, not by Iran. Iran has had thousands of bank accounts frozen and raided by international entities, and the entire European Union has placed an embargo on Iranian oil. If public perception shifts with a war all of this may be reversed. The sanctions the international community is placing on Iran may have such an impact as to cause a political rebellion; an invasion of homeland may rally nationalism.
We also cannot forget how costly a war is on the home front. With oil speculators already driving up the price of gas over $3.75 because of unrest in the Middle East we can only imagine how much more of a reason a war will give them to raise prices even more. $5.50 per gallon could ruin the economic recovery. We also must consider our national deficit. Republicans refuse to give the government a penny more in revenue, which means a war would only drive the deficit up even higher. How much is enough? $20 trillion? $30 trillion? Iraq and Afghanistan were the first two wars ever fought without raising taxes, conversely, taxes were lowered. With the right wing’s refusal to raise taxes another war will only bankrupt America. If we had to face another recession (god forbid) and the government went through more bailouts all the money would have to come from the Federal Reserve, instantly exploding inflation. America has footed a heavier bill than any other nation in modern history when it comes to war, the worst thing we can do is add to that. Tell us what you think; email patriotslog or comment below. We would love to hear your take on Iran.
11 March, 2012
Posted on March 12, 2012, in Patriotslog Articles and tagged Afghanistan, Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah, Barack Obama, George Bush, Iran, Iraq, Islam, nuclear weapon, revolution, strait of hormuz, war. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.