Montag, 17. Mai 2010

Bring on the Pundits - Iran

This debate was held back in 2009 and it brings on the usual suspects on international relations (that is international relations as in reality not theory). I don't agree with everything being said, but there was one funny line by Karim Sadjadpour: "Iran is to the Middle East, what Rush Limbaugh is to the US." True, however, Sadjadpour maintained that bombing Iran would be a bad decision and would inevitably lead to a ground campaign in two to three years time. I don't agree with that but more importantly, he failed to draw the right conclusion from his own comparison. If the case of Rush Limbaugh teaches anything then it is that there are actors that can neither be deterred nor contained. By the way, containment of Iran did not exactly work ever since 1979 or when Clinton came up with dual containment in the 1990s. Why containment is supposed to be working once Iran is a nuclear power is a question so far unanswered.

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