Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ground zero mosque controversy reinforced the case of striking Iran - By Baqi Barzani


Imposing the worst round of economic sanctions, international marginalization, even severe threats of military strikes have not proved effectual to persuade Tehran to dissuade its plans to pursue nuclear ambitions.

Washington is well aware of the fact that Tehran has not and will not bow down to the enduring pressure. Simultaneously, different US administrations together with her allies have voiced their strong opposition time and again that they will not allow Iran go nuclear at any expense.

Also realizing that if the status quo persists without any disruptions, Iran would ultimately acquire nuclear capability, the US administration flounders in seeking solid rationalization to sell the notion of invading a third Muslim country to its much disgruntled public, amid the deteriorating economic state.

Albeit there were sufficient humanitarian justifiable grounds for ousting dictator
Saddam’s evil regime, the then incumbent US administration announced the basis for liberating Iraq as Saddam’s possession of weapon of mass destruction, something that the average Americans held and hold inconsistent perspectives on now.

Courting approval of global community is another major hindrance in strengthening the case of striking Iranian nuclear facilities.

Assertions of Iranian military officials arguing that in case of an attack Iran’s reaction will engulf the entire Middle East and beyond hold truth. Iran possesses the capacity to inflict serious damages through its proxies and sympathizers in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Palestine.

The United States pivoted heavily on her ally’s defense and cooperation to wage the ongoing wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. For attacking Iran, shoring up support is the most imperative condition. The controversy of mosque in ground zero provided all the key prerequisites for an inevitable military strike on Iran. Both strong public support and international sympathy have been wittingly or unwittingly gained.